Ohio State Offensive Line Coach Greg Studrawa Missed Tulsa Game, Past Couple Weeks Due to Back Surgery

By Griffin Strom on September 23, 2021 at 12:28 pm
Greg Studrawa

The Ohio State offensive line has been without its position coach for the past couple weeks.

Ryan Day said on his Thursday radio show on 97.1 The Fan that Greg Studrawa recently underwent back surgery, causing him to miss last weekend's matchup against Tulsa and some time this week as well.

“I think people don’t know, Stud’s been out for a couple weeks. He had a back surgery, and it was hard for him,” Day said. “He wasn’t at last week’s game and so he’s been talking to those guys remotely.”

It sounds like Studrawa will be back for Saturday's matchup with Akron though, as Day said his assistant coach has started to get back in the swing of things in the back half of this week. 

"He’s kind of back in the building now, getting back into it, so that was a hard time for him," Day said. "But give him a lot of credit, his guys played hard in his absence, and now that we’re getting him back in the building again, I think we’re gonna build even more chemistry.”

Day said offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson and graduate assistant Kennedy Cook both took on more responsibilities while Studrawa was gone, but that 

“Stud was still watching the film from the surgery bed, and we had the golf cart driving him around practice when we could recently. But yeah, Kevin kind of stepped in and controlled all that, and then Kennedy – his graduate assistant – did a great job during that time," Day said. "But great to get him back in the building, he was certainly missed when he wasn’t here."

Just one Ohio State offensive lineman, fourth-year guard Matthew Jones, graded out as a champion following the Tulsa game, but the Buckeyes ran for 323 yards and only gave up two sacks on the day.

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