There are five starting jobs open on the Ohio State offense. The Buckeyes need to replace JK Dobbins at running back, Binjimen Victor at X receiver, KJ Hill at H, Jonah Jackson at left guard, and Branden Bowen at right tackle. Thanks to the recruiting of Urban Meyer and Ryan Day, there talented options at every turn. At right tackle specifically, there are a pair of former…
There are two open offensive line jobs for the Buckeyes heading into the 2020 season and plenty of options for both spots. Ohio State is looking for a new left guard and a new right tackle. Given the competitors at both spots, the more intriguing battle looks to be at right tackle. It is the right tackle spot where the Buckeyes have an interesting range of candidates.
Every year following Ohio State spring football we recap what happened position by position. Who stepped up, who stepped back, what got fixed, and what didn’t? With 12 of the 15 spring practices cancelled due to the pandemic, however, essentially nothing happened, nothing got fixed, nobody stepped up, and no questions got answered.
Ohio State signed six offensive linemen in the 2020 recruiting class. Three of them — Paris Johnson, Luke Wypler, and Trey Leroux — enrolled early to get a kickstart on their respective college careers. For the early enrollees, there is a lot to deal with. Living in a new city with new people, early-morning workouts, classes, late afternoon study sessions, film work, and then maybe…
It requires an unusual blend of physical and mental development to even see the field in your first year as a college player, let alone earn a starting spot. However, Paris Johnson isn’t letting that discourage him.
Bowen redshirted as a true freshman during the 2015 season, but played as a reserve and on special teams in 2016. As a redshirt sophomore in 2017, he won the starting right guard job and started the first six games before breaking his leg. Bowen missed the rest of the season and also missed the 2018 season due to complications and another surgery.
Paris Johnson, an elite offensive tackle prospect from Cincinnati’s Princeton High School, is now officially a Buckeye. He’s currently ranked as the No. 7 overall player in the nation and the top offensive tackle in the nation.
It’s never easy replacing a legend like Urban Meyer. But the commitment of the nation’s top WR prospect, Julian Fleming, is the latest indication that Ryan Day is up to the task.