After all the concern and apprehension about Ohio State's offensive line in the coming season living up to past high Buckeye standards, head coach Urban Meyer got some good news - and O-line help - this week as Alabama graduate transfer Chad Lindsay, a center, committed to OSU Tuesday.
Lindsay could start this year for the Buckeyes, who lost four starting offensive linemen from last season's team. Ohio State has only two spots locked up heading into the fall in left tackle Taylor Decker and right guard Pat Elflein.
Following a not-so-amusing blocking display by a mostly-green offensive line during the Scarlet and Gray spring game, Meyer has to be overjoyed that Lindsay was looking at OSU as a possible transfer option after graduating (which would allow him to start immediately).
The 6-2, 304-pound Lindsay started four games at center last year for the Crimson Tide. He is a big addition for the Buckeyes, and he has made it clear that he is excited to play for Meyer. "I will be transferring to Ohio State to complete a master's degree and play football, so I am looking forward to and very excited about the upcoming months," he said.
In Lindsay, OSU got a player who developed under Alabama head coach Nick Saban for four seasons and backed up two-time All-American Barrett Jones in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, Lindsay appeared in 10 games, mostly at right guard, including the Iron Bowl and the BCS National Championship against Notre Dame.
Lindsay's game-experience and on-the-field smarts will certainly help the Buckeyes' young line, bringing maturity and depth to an Ohio State offensive line that could really use it. Gaining a player like Lindsay can't do anything but make the team - and offensive line especially - better than it was.
* The complete 2014 NFL schedule came out this week, so here are the schedules for the Bengals, Browns and Steelers.
Bengals: Sept. 7 at Baltimore, Sept. 14 Atlanta, Sept. 21 Tennessee, Sept. 28 BYE, Oct. 5 at New England, Oct. 12 Carolina, Oct. 19 at Indianapolis, Oct. 26 Baltimore, Nov. 2 Jacksonville, Nov. 6 Cleveland, Nov. 16 at New Orleans, Nov. 23 at Houston, Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay, Dec. 7 Pittsburgh, Dec. 14 at Cleveland, Dec. 22 Denver, Dec. 28 at Pittsburgh.
Browns: Sept. 7 at Pittsburgh, Sept. 14 New Orleans, Sept. 21 Baltimore, Sept. 28 BYE, Oct. 5 at Tennessee, Oct. 12 Pittsburgh, Oct. 19 at Jacksonville, Oct. 26 Oakland, Nov. 2 Tampa Bay, Nov. 6 at Cincinnati, Nov. 16 Houston, Nov. 23 at Atlanta, Nov. 30 at Buffalo, Dec. 7 Indianapolis, Dec. 14 Cincinnati, Dec. 21 at Carolina, Dec. 28 at Baltimore.
Steelers: Sept. 7 Cleveland, Sept. 11 at Baltimore, Sept. 21 at Carolina, Sept. 28 Tampa Bay, Oct. 5 at Jacksonville, Oct. 12 at Cleveland, Oct. 20 Houston, Oct. 26 Indianapolis, Nov. 2 Baltimore, Nov. 9 at N.Y. Jets, Nov. 17 at Tennessee, Nov. 23 BYE, Nov. 30 New Orleans, Dec. 7 at Cincinnati, Dec. 14 at Atlanta, Dec. 21 Kansas City, Dec. 28 Cincinnati.
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