Alabama lineman to transfer to OSU

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Report: Alabama Graduate Transfer Chad Lindsay Selects Ohio State
By Tony Gerdeman

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State offensive line is about to grow by one as former Alabama center Chad Lindsay has decided to transfer to Ohio State, per a report from Jeremy Fowler of CBSSports.com.

Lindsay (6-2 302) has already graduated from Alabama, so he will be eligible to play immediately. He will have one year of eligibility remaining. Ohio State has not yet confirmed the transfer, however.

A native of The Woodlands, Texas, Lindsay played in eight games last season, starting four for the Crimson Tide. He has earned three letters at Alabama, playing in a total of 20 games.

He chose the Buckeyes over Michigan, where former Alabama offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is now the offensive coordinator.

The Wolverines were in the market for a center in hopes that they would be able to plug Lindsay in and move last year's starter Graham Glasgow to guard, boosting the middle of their line of scrimmage.

Instead, Lindsay has reportedly snubbed his former offensive coordinator and the offense that he has known for the last two years in favor of playing football for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

While no player transfers with the intention of sitting, Lindsay will walk into a competition for the starting center spot that went unsolved this spring.

Both Jacoby Boren (Jr.) and Billy Price (rFr.) split the reps with the first team throughout practice, and Urban Meyer has said the position is "wide open".

"Those two guys are both warriors," offensive line coach Ed Warinner said of Price and Boren back at the start of spring practice.

"They're two of the smarter guys on the team. I think they're both in the 3.8 range for the cumulative GPA. They're both tough, hard-nosed competitive guys. They're not exactly alike, they're a little different. So we're going to let that one battle itself out, because both of the could potentially be the starting center."

Warinner complimented both players throughout the spring, but both he and Meyer are still looking to find a starting five. If Lindsay does win the job, some changes would likely be made as the Buckeyes wouldn't need three centers.

Price could move to guard, as the coaches love his potential. The Buckeyes are still looking for depth at the position, and Price would be able to provide it.

"Billy is 6-3, 305, maybe the strongest guy Coach Mick has ever trained -- those are his words, not my words, so I don't know what that means, but I think it's pretty good," Warinner said.

"In terms of strength and training, he has all those physical gifts, and like I said he's a 3.8 student, and so he's got a lot of skills."

Or could Price stay at center and Boren then take the redshirt that he should have been given in 2012?

Things will shake themselves out on the practice field, but what the center position looked like yesterday for the Buckeyes may not be what it looks like in August when camp finally breaks.



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