Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa spoke with the media Tuesday over a Zoom call to talk about how the line has developed in practices ahead of Saturday’s game against Nebraska. Studrawa also talked about Harry Miller and Nicholas Petit-Frere, who were named as starters at left guard and right tackle, respectively, by head coach Ryan Day.
- On Petit-Frere, Studrawa said he’s “as strong as he ever was” as he is up to 315 pounds. Earlier in the Zoom call, head coach Ryan Day said Petit-Frere would start at right tackle to begin the season.
- Studrawa credited Miller’s development during the offseason for how he was able to secure the starting left guard spot.
- Said he was “very confident” that Ohio State can once again have a dominant offensive line. “I’m extremely confident that they can play very well.”
- Studrawa said the development of the depth at offensive line is more important this year because the team could lost players the day before games because of COVID-19.
- Studrawa highlighted Matthew Jones and Enokk Vimahi on the inside and Paris Johnson and Dawand Jones on the outside, along with center Luke Wypler, who he called “a mimic” of Miller, as depth players on the offensive line that have stood out during practices.
- Said it is “awesome” to be able to get true freshman players extra playing time without having a limit on games from the typical redshirt rules.
- Studrawa said the took the NFL feedback on Wyatt Davis, Thayer Munford and Josh Myers, specifically what they said the weaknesses were, and tried to attack those weaknesses during practices.
- Said Munford is “ready to let it loose” and is in the best shape of his life after recovering from a back injury that hampered him last season.
- On Dawand Jones, Studrawa said he tried him at guard when Davis looked like he was opting out of the season, and that he immediately impressed on the inside. “The physical tools he has are unbelievable.”
- When Davis said he was opting back in, Studrawa said “there might have been a hallelujah in there” during his initial reaction.
- Studrawa told the line, despite last year’s line being one of the best in the country: “I think you guys can be better.”
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