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Mickey Loomis

Booted from Big Ten, Noah Spence remains strong prospect

Noah Spence has to repeatedly address the troubled past that took him from Ohio State to college football exile and then to Eastern Kentucky.

Like every other Senior Bowl player, Spence is trying to answer any questions potential NFL employers might have about his game during the weeklong proving session. Then, there are the team interviews, during which Spence must explain those past misdeeds.

A rising star as a pass rusher, he was banned from the Big Ten Conference after two failed drug tests, later admitting he used Ecstasy.

Thus the questions, and Spence said there's only one way to face them.

"Just tell them the truth," he said. "You...