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
Ohio State Coaches and Players meet with the media following the game
Ohio State Overview: Taylor Decker is the leader of an offensive line that has been one of the best in college football over his two seasons as a starter and, according to Ohio State coaches, expect this mammoth, animal sciences major to contend for national honors and major awards as a senior in 2015 … a first-team preseason All-American by The Sporting News and Athlon Sports and second-team by Phil Steele (so far) … Decker is also a high-character individual and one of the most conscientious men on the squad … after hearing Decker speak one day following the terrible news surrounding a fallen teammate, one media member said Decker “handled himself with incredible poise with probably 50 media members crowded around him looking for answers about Kosta Karageorge, and he patiently addressed them all with thoughtful, insightful responses that were incredibly helpful in painting a clearer picture of a player hardly any of us knew in any way” … his leadership is also represented in the fact he 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 … he has also started 29 consecutive games with the Buckeyes posting a 26-3 record in that time … Decker & Co. have helped pave the way for 28 individual 100-yard rushing games by six different Buckeyes in the last three years … the Buckeyes have also topped 300-yards rushing as a team 10 times during that stretch and the team’s 285.9 yards per game average the last two years is fourth-best nationally … the team’s 6.8 and 5.7 yards per carry averages in 2013 and 2014, respectively, are the top two averages in school history … typically carries one of the most impressive course loads on the team … Decker has also made time to intern the past two summers with the world famous Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
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: Decker was a three-year starter at tackle for Vandalia Butler and a three-year letterman in basketball, and he was good enough on the hardwood to draw interest from mid-majors … as a senior in 2011 he helped the Aviators to a 6-4 record on the gridiron, the school’s first winning record in eight years, and he was named first-team Division II all-state by the Associated Press … he was rated the No. 23 offensive tackle in the nation by Rivals.com and a four-start prospect by the site … also rated the No. 77 player nationally and the No. 7 senior in the state of Ohio in 2011 by Scout.com (No. 14 by Rivals.com) … a member of the Rivals 250 … he is the son of Ron and Sheila Decker.