A month after back surgery, Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa feeling better
On the morning following Ohio State’s season-opening win at Minnesota last month, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa awoke in significant discomfort.
He felt a shooting pain in his left leg. Though he was banged up on the sideline against the Gophers, he didn’t think much of it. He knew then that it was an issue.
“I couldn’t walk,” Studrawa said.
A doctor prescribed medication and sought other treatment for the 56-year-old assistant, but as the pain lingered for a week, they were forced to find alternatives.
It led Studrawa to undergo surgery to repair a pair of discs in his lower back that were causing pain down his leg.
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Due to the procedure, he was away from the team for four days, including missing the Buckeyes’ win over Tulsa on Sept. 18. He could only participate in meetings virtually.
“There was no choice,” Studrawa said. “It had to be done, or I wouldn't be able to walk.”
A month later, he’s inching closer to full health.
“Getting better,” he said. “Not 100% yet. It’s a tough deal.”
For Studrawa, the most agonizing part of the ordeal was being apart from the staff and players as they played a game.
“I was throwing the phone, I was calling cell phones,” Studrawa said. “I know they didn't even have them. I was trying to get ahold of somebody on the sideline. It was torture. I was taking some more pills so I could calm down.”
As he reflected on the experience, he shook his head and winced.
Then a reporter followed up to ask if he was glad to be back.
“Absolutely,” he said, smiling.
Buckeyes land defensive line commit
Kenyatta Jackson, a four-star defensive end from Hollywood, Florida, announced a verbal commitment to Ohio State on Tuesday afternoon.
It marked the Buckeyes’ first pickup on the recruiting trail since July.
Jackson, who also considered Alabama and Oklahoma after visiting both schools this past summer, is ranked as the 78th overall prospect in the recruiting class for 2022, according to the composite rankings from 247Sports.
Revealing his decision on Instagram Live, Jackson said he was swayed by defensive line coach Larry Johnson, pointing to his track record with pass rushers Joey and Nick Bosa and Chase Young.
“I believe he'll develop me as a great pass rusher,” Jackson said. “Not only a great pass rusher, but a great man as well.”
Recruiting analysts hold him in high regard for his pass-rushing skills. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound end broke out with nine sacks as a sophomore at Chaminade-Madonna High School in 2019 and has eight through five games this fall.
Though holding multiple commitments at other spots in the back seven, the Buckeyes had been without a defensive line commit in the 2022 cycle before Jackson’s announcement.
Quinn Ewers not ready for game action
Freshman quarterback Quinn Ewers remains a long ways away from seeing playing time for Ohio State this fall.
During his weekly news conference, Buckeyes coach Ryan Day mentioned Ewers is “not quite ready yet.”
“It's going to be a little while,” Day added. “He’s really doing a good job. He’s starting to learn how to be a college football player. And there’s a lot that comes with that. I think he's starting to get more accustomed to the day-to-day grind and what it's like.”
Ewers has been regarded as the best passing prospect since Trevor Lawrence and was ranked as the top quarterback in his recruiting class for 2022.
But after graduating a year early from his high school in Southlake, Texas, he faced a steep learning curve upon his arrival at Ohio State in August.
Joining a couple of weeks after the start of preseason training camp, he missed opportunities for valuable practice repetitions.
Day pointed to bowl game practices and spring practices next year as the next opportunities for Ewers to progress in his development.