Josh Myers Firmly in Mix to Start at Center for Buckeyes This Year

Josh Myers Ohio State Football Buckeyes

Before spring football began for the Buckeyes, it was thought that fifth-year senior Brady Taylor and fouth-year junior Matt Burrell would compete to fill the vacancy left by the departure of center Billy Price.

Once camp got underway, however, redshirt freshman Josh Myers was also in the conversation.

Myers, a former 5-star offensive tackle, redshirted last season as a true freshman. To most people on the outside, he was expected to provide depth this season at guard and then make a bid to start in 2019.

He apparently has a different plan, however.

Things did not go well early on for Myers, but that was to be expected. Moving to center is rarely an easy transition for anybody, let alone a young player. But it is better to move him in the spring and get the kinks worked out than to do it in the fall when the timeline is much more compressed.

Those initial kinks had Brady Taylor looking like the odds-on favorite in 2018.

Eventually, however, Josh Myers got the hang of things, and his play showed the improvement.

“I think his understanding, I think his snap consistency got better,” said offensive line coach Greg Studrawa. “We grade that every day on a chart, so they know he was all over the place because he was trying to snap the ball and make all the blocks that we do, so that was new for him for the first time.”

For Myers, he was having to simultaneously master the three key ingredients of being a center — making the calls, snapping and blocking. And blocking is difficult enough without any other additional tasks, just ask a guard or a tackle.

The more Myers did it, however, the better and more comfortable he got. But none of this happened in a snap.

It was more like 600 snaps.

“I think towards the end he got consistent with snapping the ball, he was on target with those kinds of things and now he understands what he has to do,” Studrawa said. “He understands all the pressure of making the calls, setting the fronts so the more and more he went on, he got 600-and-some reps. That’s outstanding.”

By the time spring football was wrapping up, Myers had done well enough to ensure that he would be able to continue the fight in fall camp. With the momentum that he has currently, the offseason is going to be crucial. Players every year close spring football in a strong fashion only to fade during the summer.

With this being Brady Taylor’s last season in the Scarlet and Gray, don’t expect him to just stand by and watch Myers take the job.

Replacing an All-American like Billy Price is going to be difficult, but the fact that there is a hard-fought competition currently taking place is a good sign for the 2018 season.

With Josh Myers making himself a viable contender this spring, he did precisely what his coaches wanted him to do.

“The fact that he got through it and the spring game was his best outing,” Studrawa sad. “That’s exactly what we were hoping to accomplish, and we did.”


3 Responses

  1. Myers will be the starting center. A road grader at the center position. Mr Gustin said all that needs to be said.

  2. He was a bit behind the curve coming in because Miamisburg never threw the ball. He was 0 at pass-pro.

    ….. did you see him flip that 1,000 Lb truck tire on youtube. Dude is straight up fucking beast.

  3. I’m a real fan of Brady Taylor, but, if Josh actually beats him out that could prove to be a huge bonus for the offensive line, and the offense overall. One thing Josh has. Actually a couple things. He’s smart, so calling the plays for the line and getting them into the rights blocks won’t be a problem. Plus he is beast level strong. It’s not easy to be as strong as Billy Price, but Josh is. I thought he had feet issues last year. Not injury wise, but mobility (pass blocking) and ability to move into the second level fluidly. If he’s corrected the issues he has everything needed to be a really good center. I know he was outside last year but if we go back to his recruitment there were a couple of us had questions about his pass blocking and thought he belonged on the inside.

    If he does, the depth at center is outstanding. But it would be with Brady eventually winning the job too. I also think that Matt belongs at guard. It’s nice to see a real 2 deep on the offensive line. Now they just need to build chemistry. They are going to need to grow it fast because I still think the offense is going to struggle if they don’t open the season on all cylinders. Especially with a new QB who is as green as green gets. If they can’t keep the heat off of Dwayne it’s going to be a worse case scenario kind of season.

    Like at linebacker, they have to get good and stay good from opening day. If those units aren’t end season good on opening day……………..

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