Best Offensive Line in the NCAA Belongs to Ohio State Buckeyes
Best Offensive Line in NCAA Belongs to Ohio State Buckeyes
For the Ohio State Buckeyes, the 2012 season was quite bittersweet. The undefeated season was very rewarding for head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes, but a postseason ban prevented Ohio State from competing for a Big Ten and possibly a BCS Title.
Now free of sanctions, OSU has high hopes for this year, with some pundits predicting a National Championship berth for the Buckeyes.
Quarterback Braxton Miller is an early Heisman Trophy candidate and running back Carlos Hyde is coming off a great year in which he rushed for 970 yards in just ten games. The Buckeyes are poised for a great run in 2013, but there is more to this team than just Miller and Hyde.
The Buckeyes will return four starters this season on their offensive line, a line which helped the Buckeyes rush for 242 yards per game last season (10th in FBS). With four senior linemen returning, this unit will be fantastic in 2013.
Ohio State’s 37 rushing touchdowns ranked 13th in the country, and were scored on fewer carries than all but three teams ahead of the Buckeyes on that list.
My point is that this offensive line was one of the best in the business a year ago. With another season of experience under their belts, this unit will only get better.
Without further ado, I’ll introduce these four senior leaders, as well as the potential fifth starter on the OSU line.
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LT Jack Mewhort
Mewhort is the leader of the line, and for good reason: he’s been starting on this team since 2011. At 6-foot-7, 310 pounds, the fifth-year senior is a mountain of a man to try and get around.
LG Andrew Norwell
The common theme on this offensive front is size: Norwell is another monster at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds. Like Mewhort, Norwell is a senior who enters his third year as a starter, and was named All-Big Ten last season by the media.
C Corey Linsley
Linsley is the smallest of the bunch at 6-foot-2, 292 pounds, but the redshirt senior is experienced and can really play. He was voted All-Big Ten honorable mention by both the media and coaches in 2012.
RG Marcus Hall
Yet another redshirt senior, Hall won the starting job at right guard last season. At 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, he certainly has the size to be an All-Big Ten selection in 2013.
RT Taylor Decker
Decker is just a sophomore, and lacks the experience of the other men on this line. That said, he’s a huge guy (6-foot-7, 315 pounds), and nearly won the starting job last spring.