COLUMBUS — The Senior Bowl will have to wait for another year for Thayer Munford.
The standout left tackle is returning to the Buckeyes for one more run at a national championship and to finish his degree.
Munford confirmed the huge move on Saturday morning, confirming the rising speculation that Ohio State would be getting the multiyear starter back after the best season of his career as he takes advantage of the free season of eligibility that was offered to every player in the country due to the pandemic.
“Buckeye Nation, for one I would like to thank you for all your sacrifices for not being able to cheer us on like I know you all can,” Munford posted on Twitter. “Second, I am sorry for not finishing our goal as Buckeyes. It was heartbreaking to see that we weren’t the ones to lift up the trophy, For the last four years, I have been so close to lifting up that trophy — but came up short.
“With that said, I am coming back for another year to achieve my goal and getting my degree that I have promised my family and myself I will get before I leave. I am sticking with that promise.”
And in sticking with the Buckeyes for another campaign, the pieces and potential for another truly dominant offensive line are in place.
Munford is expected to have Nicholas Petit-Frere back as the bookend at right tackle with him. And while Josh Myers will have to be replaced at center and Wyatt Davis is also expected to declare for the NFL Draft, there is plenty of young talent returning that also was able to get experience during last year’s bizarre schedule.
Thayer Munford will be the most veteran member of that bunch.
He’s not going anywhere.