3. Justin Frye
Justin Frye was hired as the offensive line coach for the Ohio State football team in 2022. The Buckeyes needed a new line coach after Greg Studrawa stopped recruiting. Day brought in Frye from UCLA, who was recommended by Chip Kelly, whom Day worked with in the NFL.
Two years in and the offensive line hasn’t gotten any better. In fact, I’d venture to say they’ve gotten worse, especially in the passing game. Both tackles got cooked on the edge this year, especially in that final game. There’s no reason they should allow pressure on every dropback.
Frye’s recruiting also hasn’t been good. Of the three offensive linemen in the 2024 recruiting class, just one is better than a three-star prospect. That four-star prospect, Ian Moore, is still just the 7th-best player at his position in the country. They aren’t getting any blue-chippers up front.
Ohio State needs to be better up front. Having an offensive line coach who doesn’t elevate the level of play of the big guys affects every level of the offense. Without good offensive line play, the team can’t run the ball consistently or give the quarterback enough time to pass.
Frye needs to go. The Ohio State football program can hire someone else who’s better equipped for the Buckeyes’ needs up front. Get someone who can actually land the top recruits that they’re used to getting. They don’t have a Paris Johnson Jr. or Dawand Jones on that offensive line. They don’t have any of those guys on the roster.
Until these moves are made, Ohio State is going to keep losing to TTUN every year and not win any serious games. The new athletic director, whoever it ends up being, needs to tell Gene Smith to make this his last act as AD.
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