PASADENA, Calif. — The Ohio State offensive line just got some bad news – starting left tackle Thayer Munford will not play in the 2019 Rose Bowl. As the Buckeyes took the field for pregame warmups prior to kickoff, Munford was dressed in sweats, indicating that he will not be playing.
Munford started all 13 games for the Buckeyes this season, protecting Dwayne Haskins’ blind side. But he has also been battling nagging injuries all fall.
He did not participate in either of the team’s practices that were open to the media in California. OSU hasn’t disclosed the specific injury that is holding him out of the Rose Bowl.
Redshirt junior Josh Alabi will start in Munford’s place.
Alabi was high school teammates with running back Mike Weber at Detroit’s Cass Tech High School. Now, he’ll make his first career start in what will also be the final game of Weber’s Buckeye career.
Munford is the second OSU offensive lineman to miss the Rose Bowl. Right guard Demetrius Knox suffered a season-ending foot injury in the closing minutes of the Buckeyes’ 62-39 win over Michigan.
Redshirt freshman Wyatt Davis is starting in his place, in what is also a fun homecoming story for the California native.
The Buckeyes’ starting offensive line for the Rose Bowl will be Alabi at left tackle, Malcolm Pridgeon at left guard, Michael Jordan at center, Davis at right guard, and Isaiah Prince at right tackle.