Ohio State Football: Offensive line rounding into form

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Offensive lineman Pat Elflein
ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 12: Offensive lineman Pat Elflein /

Ever since Urban Meyer took over the Ohio State football program he has attempted to build a talented and deep offensive line unit. He may have one now.

One thing to take away from this year’s Ohio State Spring Game was the play of the offensive line. For the most part the linemen kept the quarterback from being touched or harassed in the pocket, except for whoever happened to be blocking sophomore defensive end Chase Young.  

That’s a story for another day. I’m not sure anybody can keep that talented young man away from the quarterback.

As far as for the running game, there were holes for backs to run through and they weren’t just opened up by the starters on the Gray Team. The Scarlet linemen had a good showing as well and it was a little surprising that each group usually got a good push against the strong defensive line.

That resulted in some pretty nice numbers put up by the running backs as reported by 247Sports.

Early enrollee Master Teague rushed 14 times for 73 yards and a score. The yardage total would have been much closer to 100 except for the touch football played in the first quarter.

The Gray line opened a nice hole on Mike Weber’s only carry allowing him to get to the next level. As a result, Weber made one nice move and then it was off to the races for a 63 yard gain.

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Antonio Williams rushed 5 times for 47 yards and a touchdown. Williams made a bounce to the outside for a nice gain on one play, but most of his yards came between the tackles with good blocking from the line and hard running.

The passing attack is always featured during the spring game but the running game still looked good.

All things considered it was a positive showing by the offensive linemen. With both units performing well against the outstanding Buckeye defensive linemen, it looks as though the unit will have more depth than in years past.

From the reports I have seen or heard, Urban Meyer is pleased with Brady Taylor and he is the leader to start at center going into fall camp with redshirt freshman Josh Myers pushing him. Thayer Mumford had a strong spring and it appears he will start at right tackle with Isaiah Prince moving to the opposite side.

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Everything appears to be falling into place for the Buckeyes on the O line as of right now. And with the way the offensive linemen performed during the spring game, Buckeye fans should be encouraged heading into fall camp.