It is time for these Ohio State football players to make an impact

The Ohio State football team may appear loaded heading into the 2024 season, but these Buckeyes are still needed to make an impact.

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With Pittsburgh driving and his team clinging to a slim lead to start the fourth quarter in Super Bowl XLV, Green Bay defensive assistant coach Kevin Greene let linebacker Clay Matthews know his team needed him to make a play, “It..is..time. It is time!” On the next play, Matthews and former Ohio State football player Ryan Pickett combined to cause a fumble that eventually led to a Packers’ touchdown. Matthews made an impact on his team. It is time for these Buckeyes to make an impact on their team.   

Tegra Tshabola

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When Urban Meyer was coaching the Buckeyes, he felt the third season in the program is when an offensive lineman should take a leap in ability.  When the four-star recruit from Lakota West High School signed with the Buckeyes, big things were expected from him. But after spending his freshman season at guard, the transition to right tackle last spring was a difficult one for Tshabola. Although he played in every game last season, most of his time was spent on special teams-he played just 32 snaps on offense according to Eleven Warriors.

As Tshabola begins his redshirt sophomore season, the right tackle job is WIDE OPEN. Because he did not enroll early, this is only his second spring practice. Everything I’ve seen says he had a great winter workout period and seems poised to make a push to be the starter. Ryan Day and offensive line coach Justin Frye are going to give Tshabola and a few others the opportunity to grab the position before considering dipping into the transfer portal at the end of the spring.