Ranked No. 2 overall in heading into the 2017 college football season, Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes are loaded with talent. Whether it’s veteran talent that has already proven just how good they are (and can be) or young players who haven’t been able to prove themselves quite yet, the scarlet and gray are set up to have a tremendous season, one that many season Ohio State advancing onto the College Football Playoff for the third time in four years.
With so much talent both young and old, two Buckeye veterans landed just two players on the preseason Associated Press All-American team: first-team center Billy Price and second-team defensive end Tyquan Lewis.
Previously a guard on Ohio State’s offensive line, Price is entering his first full season as the team’s center. After redshirting during his first season in Columbus, the redshirt senior has started every game during his first three seasons at Ohio State. His versatility and IQ is what makes him great and is one of the main reasons why Meyer was able to move him to center and have the offensive line not skip a beat following the departure of Pat Elflein to the NFL.
He helped Ohio State win the 2014 national title in the inaugural College Football Playoff to conclude his redshirt freshman season and hopes to do the same to finish his career with the Buckeyes.
After not earning any All-American honors in 2016, Lewis was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. He will look to improve on that this season.
Defensive coordinator Greg Schiano called Ohio State’s defensive line the best he’s ever had, including during his time in the NFL, and Lewis is a main reason why. He, along with the rest of the defensive front, will not only cause nightmares for opposing offenses, but also look to dominate the trenches and help lead the Buckeyes to another national championship.
If Ohio State wants to win their second national championship in four years, they will have to dominate the trenches. Price and Lewis will be two of the main reasons that will allow them to do that.