Matthew Jones Starts Over Harry Miller at Guard for National Championship Game Against Alabama

By Kevin Harrish on January 11, 2021 at 7:32 pm
Matthew Jones

It looks like Matthew Jones is getting the nod at left guard.

Even though Harry Miller, who started on Ohio State's offensive line for all six of the team's regular-season games, is back from COVID-19 protocol and available to play, it looks like Jones will get the start against Alabama in Monday's national title game.

Jones was announced as Ohio State's starting left guard during warmups and looks to make his second-straight start on the Buckeye offensive line.

This will be Jones' second-straight start and third start this season after he got the nod in the College Football Playoff semifinal against Clemson with Miller out due to COVID-19 protocols. He also started at left guard against Michigan State with three of Ohio State's starting offensive linemen unavailable.

Jones is coming off of a stellar game against Clemson where he was named one of Ohio State's 24 champions from the win.

A redshirt sophomore, Jones arrived at Ohio State as the top-rated center in the 2019 recruiting class and the No. 68 overall player. He's played sparingly in his three-year career up to this point, but he'll now get a shot under the bright lights with a national title bid on the line.

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