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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State offensive line up for major award

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Ohio State's offensive line was named a finalist for the Moore Award. (Birm/Lettermen Row)

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Scarlet Sunrise: Ohio State offensive line up for major award

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Ohio State offensive line up for Joe Moore Award

The Buckeyes have been a juggernaut offensively this season, and that starts up front. The combination of Thayer Munford, Jonah Jackson, Josh Myers, Wyatt Davis and Branden Bowen has been dominant since the first game of the year, and now, the offensive line is earning national respect.

Ohio State’s offensive line was named a finalist Tuesday for the Joe Moore Award, given to the country’s best offensive line unit. The Buckeyes were joined by Alabama, LSU and Oregon as finalists for the award. The award has been given since 2015, and the Buckeyes have never won it.

Ohio State is fifth in the country in rushing yards, trailing only the service academies, who run the triple option, and Kentucky, who basically runs the Wildcat offense on every play because it has a wide receiver playing quarterback.

They don’t always get the same love as the quarterback or the running back in the run game, but each of the Ohio State offensive linemen might finally get recognition in the form of a team trophy.

Ohio State learning a lot about future of offensive line

Speaking of the offensive line, the Buckeyes are learning more about the future of that key spot lately.

As two members in the class of 2020 along the offensive line prepare to sign early and begin workouts in January, Ohio State also found out Enokk Vimahi will not be leaving the program after this semester for a religious mission. He will be staying in Columbus and continue to work with the Buckeyes, with the hope of earning a spot along the offensive line.

Another key offensive lineman for the future is Nicholas Petit-Frere, who came into the Big Ten title game when Wyatt Davis went down with an injury. Petit-Frere was the first guy off the bench for the Buckeyes proving that he is in good standing heading into bowl practice as he hopes to earn a starting role next August.

As the Buckeyes learn more about their offensive line, the future of the unit and the offense as a whole will be bright as ever.

Zach Boren breaks down first-half defensive woes

Ohio State knew what it did wrong in the first half of the Big Ten title game Saturday night.

The Buckeyes were missing tackles, and they weren’t playing defense to the standard they have set for themselves this season. But that changed in the second half. Still, Ohio State can’t have those breakdowns on defense in the Fiesta Bowl against Clemson, because if that happens, the Buckeyes will get beat.

Luckily, they have three weeks to break the film down and see what went wrong in the first half against Wisconsin.

What problems popped up for the vaunted Ohio State defense in the Big Ten championship game? How can the Buckeyes correct those breakdowns in the first half of the win over Wisconsin to make sure they don’t happen again in the Fiesta Bowl? Where is there the most room for improvement? Former Ohio State captain Zach Boren returned to the Lettermen Row film lab to break it all down and answer those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.

Roll the tape!

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Spencer Holbrook

Spencer Holbrook covers Ohio State football and basketball for Lettermen Row. A graduate of Ohio University's Scripps School of Journalism, he's in his second year covering the Buckeyes. He was previously the sports editor at Ohio's student newspaper, The Post, where he covered Ohio University football and men's basketball.