When Michael Jordan arrived at Ohio State as an early-enrollee freshman in 2016 and earned a starting job in the fall, the mantra among the offensive linemen and their coaches might have been described as: Hail to the starting five and hope they survive.

Trustworthy depth was all but nonexistent because of mistakes made in recruiting, a lack of development or both. That also happened to be the first year for offensive line coach Greg Studrawa, who was tasked by coach Urban Meyer to improve the situation.

Jordan, now in his third spring at Ohio State and sitting out practices as he recovers from shoulder surgery, said things are different these days.

“The culture of our O line is changing,” Jordan said. “It’s always grown, it’s continuing to grow, and I love that.”

Depth is a big part of the change.




“My freshman year we had five guys playing,” Jordan said. “This year we’re going to have more than five playing. … Everybody in the offensive line room is going to dominate. No matter who they go against they have a kick-ass attitude that they’re going to dominate.”

There’s hyperbole in there, but his larger point was about the Buckeyes’ attitude. Right guard Demetrius Knox sensed it last year when pressed into full-time duty after Branden Bowen suffered a broken leg.

“It wasn’t just, ‘Oh, I want to win this spot,’ or, ‘Hope I don’t mess up,’ ” Knox said of his change of attitude. “It’s, ‘I know the guys next to me, they’ve got a plan, a vision for what they want the team be like and I don’t want to let them down.’ ”

Helping flip the switch this spring is opportunity. With center Billy Price and tackle Jamarco Jones departed to the NFL, and with Jordan sitting out, others have had the chance to show their wares, including centers Brady Taylor and Josh Myers; guards Malcolm Pridgeon, Matt Burrell and Wyatt Davis; and tackles Thayer Munford and Joshua Alabi.

Also, returning two-year starter Isaiah Prince has flipped from right to left tackle, Bowen is expected back in the fall to contend at guard or tackle, and recruit Nicholas Petit-Frere will arrive in June.

Knox said the depth extends beyond the field and has made for a close-knit group.

“It’s the tone that coach Meyer, coach Stud and coach (Kevin) Wilson have put in the program,” he said. “Like, it’s not just older guys vs. younger guys, it’s we need everybody to come together so we can accomplish our goals.”

Beat the weather?

With ominous weather headed into Columbus on Saturday, Ohio State is considering a change of the start time for its spring game.

On Thursday, Meyer posted a tweet asking that fans stay tuned “for more information about a potential change” to the start of the game, which is scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m.

The Buckeyes earlier had announced that a men’s lacrosse game against Michigan scheduled for Saturday at Ohio Stadium has been moved to 7 p.m. Friday. A decision about the football scrimmage is expected by Friday morning.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Weather Channel forecasts a 45 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms at 1 p.m. Overall on Saturday, there is an 80 percent chance of rain.

Michigan, Wisconsin and Northwestern have canceled spring games because of the likelihood of inclement weather.