Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Center

Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Center

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Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Center


Spring has almost sprung in the Midwest and that means the beginning of spring football in Columbus and other places that go crazy over college football. Here at Buckeye Wire, we are kicking off our Spring Football Preview. We are continuing our look at the offensive line, but headed to the center position next.


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Ohio State Spring Football Preview: Center

The Buckeyes have enjoyed some fantastic centers in its history, and last year was no exception with Billy Price earning All-Big Ten and All-American status.

Now it’s up to someone else to take the baton and keep the tradition going. But who will it be? What happens at center next year could determine just how far this Buckeye team can go.

Key Losses

Billy price

The loss of Price at center is a big one. Everyone has their eyes on the Ohio State quarterback battle — and for good reason — but Urban Meyer has lamented the need to find a replacement for the first-team all-Big Ten and two-time All-American.

He was responsible for calling out blocking assignments at the line, was a cerebral player with excellent skill, and a gifted leader on the team. He’s one of the players Meyer points to as a model of toughness, leadership and work ethic. And that’s not for just this year or his four-year run, that is of all the players he’s had the pleasure of coaching.

The loss of Price to graduation might be the most important on the team besides that of J.T. Barrett.

Returning Talent

 Brady Taylor

Taylor is the odds on favorite to replace Billy Price, at least according to the departed senior himself. The coaching staff had Taylor as one of the first of the reserves off the bench in the event that reinforcements were needed, and that doesn’t figure to change much.

He is 6-5, 300 lbs. and he’s been around the program going onto five years now as a redshirt senior. He just happened to be the backup to an All-American.

Taylor should be ready to shine in 2018 unless someone else closes that gap.

Matt  burrell

Burrell is 6-3, 306 lbs., and figures to also get a look at center. Truth be known, he may not be that far behind Taylor in the development stage. He played at right guard last year but missed some time because of injury.

The thought here is that depth is needed at center, and with ample guys to choose from at other positions, OSU could slot Burrell in to compete with Taylor for the starting spot vacated by Price.

He’s been on the verge of cracking the staring lineup long-term, and would like to do so in 2018.

The Incoming Class

Matthew Jones

Ohio State hauled in quite a few blue-chippers on the offensive line, and that includes center with the No. 1 rated Matthew Jones out of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, NY according to 247Sports.

He’s just a freshman and already comes assembled straight out of the package at 6-4, 300 lbs. Already enrolled and taking classes at Ohio State, he’ll also get a chance to prove himself as he goes through drills.

In reality, he may be a year away, but if he shows out early then he could push for playing time.

Predicting The Pecking Order

  1. Brady Taylor
  2. Matt Burrell
  3. Matthew Jones

 

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