Third-Year Reset: Thayer Munford Set to Lead Offensive Line After Rapid Rise to Start Ohio State Career

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lamplighter's picture

No doubt about it, the man has stepped up big time.  Hope that his surgery doesn't hold him back

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brutus360's picture

Trying to ask how serious the back surgery was seems strange. As back surgery to me could just flat out be serious. Especially a large person who uses a lineman’s technique. What did it involve?

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dubjayfootball90's picture

I am in the same boat. Wondering and hoping he is doing well and will be ready. Not for my selfish reasons, but for an honest hope that he can excel and realize his dream of the NFL.

but I hear back surgery and automatically think major surgery

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Dan Hope's picture

Ryan Day's policy so far as head coach has generally been not to talk about injuries, so I don't know much about the severity and specifics of the surgery, but the coaches haven't seemed too concerned whenever they've been asked him about this offseason. Day said he was "doing great" and "moving around well" when he was asked about Munford last month, and all the coaches have talked like he'll unquestionably be the starting left tackle. I'm not sure whether he's been fully cleared yet, but the expectation was that he'd be back for preseason camp; during the spring, he just walked laps around the field during practices.

brutus360's picture

Thanks for that update Dan. Might be worth keeping an eye on. And how many 19-20 year olds have back surgery? Damn, hope he grows stronger.

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

A lot of times back surgery is to repair discs. The surgery on discs doesn't keep you down for too long. This bigger issue is that those surgeries have variable levels of effectiveness. So a disc surgery might have you back training in 4 weeks... But your problem might come back 2 years later.

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gutterwaste's picture

Munford and sons this year. Time to be a leader

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allbucksallthetime's picture

Thayer Munford's journey to OSU was anything but easy but he's been rock solid during his playing career as a Buckeye.  If healthy, I expect big things out of TM as the left tackle and a leader for this line.  Go Bucks!

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BuckeyeinRaleigh's picture

Nice article. Never knew his history. Back surgery seems pretty serious to me as well. Hopefully he gets it done this season on the field and gets his paycheck from the league next year.

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Hovenaut's picture

Reading the words "back surgery" also raises an eyebrow, so hoping Munford is ok and full go from camp on.

Because he is absolutely needed this season.

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BucksHave7's picture

Your year Big Fella. 

Plus a 6-3, 225 lbs QB who runs 4.5 40 with veteran WRs, RB and TEs will mask alot of O line problems!!!!

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Berg2004's picture

For some reason, I’m not worried about the OL this season. There’s experience in some areas, less in others, but I think this will be a punishing OL by the time we start the B1G schedule. Having your starting LT always helps with that.

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2morrow's picture

Totally agree Berg. I think this year our OLine may be the best that it has been in a while.

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crusher's picture

I actually think this years line out performs last years. I really like Meyers next to Davis. Those two are beast in the run game and should help us get back to having a dominant run game. Munford, Jackson, Meyers, Davis and Petit-Frere will be a solid line. 

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nickel beer's picture

The player's background history and evolution--Great article.  I especially like being reminded of the hs star-rating stuff and ranking within the recruiting class.  I'm a Munford fan.  All this reflects well on the O-line coach, too.  Seems we have a couple decent O and D-line coaches, eh?

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Blue Eyed Buckeye's picture

Munford's solid consistent play was one of the best surprises on this team. I have tremendous confidence in him.

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gr8bucks's picture

He should go on the 2nd day next year, so no reason to stay. If he's going to be injured playing, it may as well be where he gets paid for it. 

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Johnny Depth's picture

I like to know more about these recruiting errors.

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Trebor40's picture

Munford is another one of those guys whose recruiting rankings are not as impressive because he did not look as impressive instead of just watching him play and the level of talent against him! 

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