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Scarlet Sunrise: Could another Ohio State offensive line shuffle be coming?

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Ohio State guard Michael Jordan could shake things up by moving to center. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Could another Ohio State offensive line shuffle be coming?

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Another guard to center transition?

In the first practice available for media to view, left guard Michael Jordan spent some time snapping. That development was particularly notable because Ohio State doesn’t just tinker for fun. Last year, for example, tackle Branden Bowen entered the guard battle in August and ended up winning it.

Is it possible that Jordan could move to center? Would that mean that Bowen and Demetrius Knox would likely be the starting guards? Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward gave his take in Wednesday’s question of the day.

Dallas Gant loses black stripe

The second black stripe of the Class of 2018 has been removed, with linebacker Dallas Gant earning the honor on Wednesday. He joins defensive tackle Tommy Togiai as the only players to achieve that distinction thus far. Togiai had his removed during spring practice, a rarity for freshmen.

Ohio State slips in SI rankings

Sports Illustrated released its preseason top 25, and Urban Meyer’s uncertain status appears to have cost the Buckeyes a few sports — though the write up made no explicit mention of that. Ohio State came in at No. 9 in the poll, with SI explaining it thusly:

After four years of (mostly) J.T. Barrett at quarterback, Ohio State is set for a change. Dwayne Haskins, a 6’3″ redshirt sophomore, has a big arm and has shown that he’s mobile as well. In eight games last season, he passed for 565 yards, completing 70.2% of his passes, throwing four TDs and just one interception. Haskins, who won the job after junior Joe Burrow transferred to LSU in the spring, will take over an offense with plenty of other weapons on the ground, so it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes will rely on their QB to run the ball. If Haskins is allowed to be a pocket passer, the offense will be even scarier than it was with Barrett.

Flying under the radar

On a roster this loaded, not everyone can be the center of attention. Lettermen Row senior writer Austin Ward put together a list of talented Ohio State players who have been under the radar, and it’s certainly worth a read.

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Counting down

  • Tentative endpoint of Urban Meyer investigation: 10 days
  • Ohio State season opener: 23 days
  • The Game: 107 days

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Ryan Ginn

Ryan Ginn has covered Ohio State football and recruiting since 2013, having done so previously for Buckeye Sports Bulletin and He is currently a student at Tulane Law School and resides in New Orleans, La.

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