Most of the key positions on offense are settled heading into spring ball. The one glaring opening is the left tackle spot where the Buckeyes must replace veteran Jim Cordle. With four different starters at the position in 2009, the position seemed to be a revolving door early in the year until Cordle finally brought some stability to the position late in the season. Buckeye fans are hoping for an upgrade on the left side of the line in 2010 and there should be some fierce competition for the open spot this spring.
“I expect a lot of competition there. The coaches are going to do a great job to make things competitive and our tackles are all working hard to have a chance to play,” right guard Bryant Browning said.
“Probably about three or four guys going at it, all great players, all played before so it should be fun.”
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The Front Runner: 75 Mike Adams (6-8, 300, Jr.)
Fun does not describe the season Mike Adams had in 2009. The OSU coaches were hoping Adams would step up to assume the starting left tackle spot as a sophomore last year after Alex Boone left, but that never materialized. The Dublin Coffman product missed the first two games of the season due to suspension and spent the rest of the year battling injuries and inconsistency. He appears to lack toughness, but his build and athleticism make him an intriguing option at left tackle. He was touted as the future of the position when he signed with Ohio State in 2008, and it might be now or never for the 6-8, 300-pound Adams as he enters his junior season. Classmates Michael Brewster and J.B. Shugarts have done their part to lock up starting spots on the offensive line, now it’s up to Adams to finish out Block O.
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The Challenger: 55 Andrew Miller (6-6, 290, Sr.)
Adams might be the guy fans are rooting for this spring, but he certainly won’t get any additional support from teammate Andrew Miller, who resumes his competition with Adams this spring. The competition between these two was one of the most back-and-forth battles of the off-season a year ago, and Miller is not going to go down without a fight this time around. He was right in the thick of things last year when a bout with the flu knocked him out of commission for a good chunk of the year. He lacks Adams' size and athleticism, but showed himself to be more technically sound last fall.