Today’s Topic: Is Ohio State’s Offensive Line Aware of the Concerns?
Any time the starting offensive line in the spring is entirely different than the starting lineup the season before, there are going to be concerns.
That was the situation this past spring for the Buckeyes as they lost four starters and were without starting left tackle Thayer Munford due to a back injury.
Despite the absence of Munford, there were still positives made on the offensive line in the spring. Redshirt sophomore Josh Myers continued to solidify his role at center. Fifth-year senior Branden Bowen established himself wherever he was needed. Redshirt sophomore right guard Wyatt Davis earned raves from the defensive line, which is usually a good sign. Tackles Josh Alabi and Nicholas Petit-Frere did well also.
It was a good spring overall, but Buckeyes’ head coach Ryan Day still left the spring having two major concerns on offense.
“The offensive line, we have four guys to replace there, and so that’s something that is probably the least experienced. That and quarterback are the two for me,” he said. “The O-line just because we lost four real guys there, and Thayer didn’t play in the spring. So how is that all going to look when we get in the preseason. We do have some guy coming in, which is good. The cavalry is coming, which is important, and then quarterback.”
Munford is part of that cavalry, as is Rutgers transfer Jonah Jackson and 5-star center Harry Miller. Jackson was seen as a likely starter at center or guard when he announced his transfer, but the offensive line did pretty well with Davis and Bowen at guard and Myers at center. Miller is also expected to help out in the two-deep somewhere on the interior.
Despite the advancements made, Davis has heard the concerns from his head coach about the offensive line.
“Yes, going into this spring, obviously there were going to be questions with the O-line because we’ve lost a lot of guys and stuff like that,” he said. “It just proves that we haven’t gotten to where we need at this point. I just feel like we need to regroup, watch the film, work hard in the summer workouts, and try to strive to get better each day. And as it gets closer to football season, really perfecting our craft so we’re not a concern anymore.”
And how does Davis feel about his group being such a concern?
“It would be crazy for me to say that I’m fine that he’s concerned with the offensive line. I’m not,” he said. “We’re a very prideful group. We know what we need to fix, and we’ll get it done and we’ll be ready by the time our first game comes.”