Ohio State officially has a new starter at right guard: Demetrius Knox.
With usual starter Branden Bowen is out for the season with a broken leg, a position battled opened up at right guard. In Ohio State’s Week 7 depth chart released on Tuesday, Knox and Matthew Burrell were listed as co-starters. Malcolm Pridgeon was also named by coach Urban Meyer as a contender for the job. Pridgeon was listed as the backup left guard on the Tuesday depth chart.
Knox played the first three games of last season before a foot injury slowed him down. He returned for Ohio State’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff. He played 23 snaps.
As reported by Land of 10’s Austin Ward earlier this week, the Bowen injury is a major test of the Buckeyes’ offensive line depth. Since Meyer took over as Ohio State’s coach before the 2012 season, the Buckeyes have yet to lose a starter on the line from injury.
With Burrell coming in to play after Bowen’s injury against Maryland, he was seen as the favorite to become the starter at Nebraska on Saturday.
But as Ohio State center Billy Price said, the injury made the starting role up for competition.
“With Branden Bowen going down, that creates a new battle for itself,” Price said. “Each week is a new challenge. Matt came in there and performed very well [Saturday]. We always say you never know when your number is going to get called, so you have to make sure you’re prepared.
“The word battle itself might not be appropriate. That’s not my decision. … We’re losing one of the key cogs of the offensive line, but we’re going to bounce back. We’ll be fine. We’re going to put the work in this week and we’re looking forward to going against Nebraska.”
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