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Joey Bosa On Former Ohio State Teammate Noah Spence: "He's A Testament To Turning Your Life Around"

Joey Bosa and Noah Spence.

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San Diego Chargers rookie Joey Bosa is incredibly impressed with the turnaround of former Ohio State teammate Noah Spence.

Joey Bosa was the big name pass rusher coming out of Ohio State in the last NFL Draft. The former Buckeye star went third overall to San Diego, the first of five Ohio State stars to be drafted in the first round of the 2016 Draft. With the 39th overall pick, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers drafted Noah Spence, a former Ohio State standout who wound up finishing his career at Eastern Kentucky.

Back in November 2014, Spence was declared "permanently ineligible" by the Big Ten after failed drug tests. He never lost the support of his Buckeye teammates, some of whom called him "the next Von Miller" during lead-up to the NFL Draft, however.

Through three months, Spence has 5.5 sacks and three forced fumbles for the Buccaneers, including 2.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in November, earning him defensive rookie of the month honors.

Bosa isn't surprised. He had some glowing praise for his former Buckeye teammate in an article by ESPN's Jenna Laine.

"I knew if he kept his head on straight and kept working like he knows how to, he would make something of himself," Bosa said. "He is doing just that. I am proud of him.”

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"Noah, he’s a testament to turning your life around," Bosa said. "I’ve always known he’s a great kid, and any coach that ever asked anything about him to me, I always gave him the best. I’m happy. I knew he would work as hard as he can to get into the position he’s in now, and I’m really proud of him and I’m excited to see him out there this Sunday."

The two will be battling it out for defensive rookie of the year.

[ESPN]