Ohio State sophomore offensive lineman Thayer Munford is on the ascension. Coaches praised Munford throughout spring practice, including Meyer saying he had "penciled in" Munford as the starting right tackle.
Meyer, however, deployed Munford at left tackle with senior tackle Isaiah Prince manning the offensive line's right flank in Saturday's spring game.
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa told reporters Wednesday that Munford will likely replace the departed Jamarco Jones at left tackle when Ohio State faces Oregon State on Sept. 1.
Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said it is likely that Thayer Munford will play left tackle while Isaiah Prince will play right tackle, though that is not set in stone yet.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) April 18, 2018
"I wouldn't say that's set yet, but that's pretty close to being true," Studrawa said when asked whether Munford would be the starting left tackle.
Studrawa said his expectation "for right now" is that Prince will play right tackle again this season, as he has the past two seasons, but that Joshua Alabi is also competing with Munford for the opportunity to start at left tackle.
Studrawa also said Wednesday that the Buckeyes could rotate more than five offensive linemen within games this season:
Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said he would like to rotate more than five offensive linemen in games if possible. Believes that is a good thing, and Meyer and Studrawa are both pleased with the offensive line depth the Buckeyes have right now.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) April 18, 2018
Being able to rotate more than five linemen would be a boon for Meyer's offensive line-driven program.
Munford signed with the Buckeyes in 2017 as the second lowest-rated position player in the class and performed admirably last year in spot duty.