Ohio State's 2015 seniors on the cusp of 50 victories
Busses will shuttle students to the Woody from the RPAC and Ohio Union starting at 9:45 a.m.
The offensive and defensive line positions have flip-flopped from 2012 in terms of experience
The team held its third of 15 practices this spring in the Woody Hayes Athletic Center
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
The Buckeyes return home to The 'Shoe for Senior Day against the #9 Michigan State Spartans.
Ohio State Overview: Taylor Decker was a three-year starter who played in 54 games and started 42 times for a team that went 50-4 during his four-years (2012-15). He was a Lombardi Award semifinalist and Outland candidate as a senior and was voted a co-captain by his teammates. He helped pave the way for Ohio State to lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 yards per game this past season and finish second in the conference in scoring (35.7) and third in total offense (434.1). He was named a consensus All-American and the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year as a senior as well as a unanimous first-team all-Big Ten Conference pick. Also earned all-Big Ten honors as a junior when he helped lead the Buckeyes to a Big Ten championship and national championship.
2015 Season (Senior): Started all 13 games at left tackle for the third consecutive year ... Associated Press, Walter Camp, AFCA, SI.com and CBS Sports First Team All-American ... unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year ... Lombardi Award semifinalist and Outland candidate ... voted co-captain by his teammates ... helped pave the way for Ohio State to lead the Big Ten in rushing at 245.2 ypg and finish second in the conference in scoring (35.7) and third in total offense (434.1) ... helped Ohio State rush for 360 yards in the win at Virginia Tech, 369 yards at Michigan and helped Ezekiel Elliott rush for 274 yards in the win at Indiana ... Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award watch lists.
2014 Season (Junior): Decker started all 15 games at left tackle and earned second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors by both the coaches and the media voters ... helped pave the way for Ohio State rushers to gain 3,967 yards on the ground, the second-highest total in school history, and rank eighth nationally with over 264 yards per game ... the 2014 Buckeye offense also set school records for touchdowns (90), points scored (637), passing yards (3,707) and passing touchdowns (42) this year ... Decker logged 1,034 offensive plays, including a personal best 107 vs. Cincinnati and 85 against Oregon in the national championship game.
2013 Season (Sophomore): Decker started all 14 games and was part of an offensive line that helped the Buckeyes' record-setting offense to a ranking of fifth nationally in rushing (308.6 yards per game) while shattering school records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87) and touchdown passes (38) ... he played more snaps from scrimmage -- 941 -- than every other offensive player and he ranked fifth on the team in total plays ... he had games of 92 plays on offense vs. California and 76 vs. both Michigan State and Clemson, respectively.
2012 Season (Freshman): Decker enrolled at Ohio State in March 2012 and in time for the start of the 2012 spring drills ... he played in all 12 games for the undefeated Buckeyes in 2012, mostly on special teams ... he did earn snaps from the line of scrimmage in four games, including 22 offensive plays against Illinois ... he earned the first of his three Varsity O letters.
More on Taylor: Rated the No. 23 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and a four-start prospect by the site ... is a three-time "Iron Buckeye" award winner, which is awarded to six players bi-annually for unquestioned physical training dedication, determination, discipline, toughness and leadership ... one of the most experienced offensive linemen in the country, Decker has played in all 41 of Ohio State's games the past three seasons and totaled over 2,300 offensive snaps ... has also started 29 consecutive games with the Buckeyes posting a 26-3 record in that time ... has also made time to intern the past two summers with the world famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
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