O-line regaining respect at OSU

matt hammondThe whipping boys for Ohio State’s losses during the Jim Tressel era were often the Buckeyes’ offensive linemen.

Jim Bollman, who served as offensive line coach under Tressel and also stayed on last year under interim coach Luke Fickell, was highly maligned for the unit’s lack of production.

Last year, the Ohio State offensive line allowed 46 sacks. Only two other teams in the nation allowed more sacks than the Buckeyes.

Despite losing three starters, the offensive front has been a major improvement this year under first-year line coach Ed Warinner.

The Buckeyes have allowed just eight sacks in five games this fall. The offensive line has paved the way for a ground game that is ranked 21st nationally at 224 yards per game.

Meyer criticized the offensive line in the spring, calling the unit “nonfunctional.” However, he has changed his tune now.

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