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Players on the receiving (and blocking) end of things met with the media after practice
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
Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
The Ohio State University
After four highly productive seasons coaching -- and coaching really well -- what arguably was the soul of the Ohio State team, the offensive line, Ed Warinner will turn his focus to coaching the tight ends and on calling the offense from the press box in 2016.
"Our offense was as good as it was all year with coach Warinner and coach [Tim] Beck together in the box," coach Urban Meyer said when announcing the position change in January. "So keeping those two in place during games is something I think our offense will benefit from as we move forward."
The 2016 season represents Warinner's fifth at Ohio State. He served as co-offensive coordinator his first three seasons and took over as coordinator last year. He has been instrumental in Ohio State's record-setting offenses that have set dozens of school and Big Ten records, including season marks -- twice -- for points (672 in 2014 after scoring 637 in 2013) and touchdowns (90 in 2014 after 87 in 2013), a Big Ten record for rushing yards (4,321 in 2013) and school records for passing yards (3,707 in 2014) and passing touchdowns (42 in 2014).
Ohio State has averaged 37.2, 45.5, 44.8 and 35.7 points per game the past four seasons and the team's offense has been among the best in the nation each year.
And behind Warinner's offensive line that has produced five NFL players in the last three seasons, including three rookie starters in 2014 -- Corey Linsley for Green Bay; Jack Mewhort with Indianapolis; and Andrew Norwell at Carolina -- the Buckeyes have ranked in the Top 10 nationally in rushing three years with a national ranking of 11th in the fourth.
Expect the number of Warinner's offensive linemen to make an NFL roster to grow to six this year as 2015 Big Ten offensive lineman of the year and consensus All-American Taylor Decker will be an early pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Warinner represents the sixth offensive coordinator to work under Meyer and the previous five have all become head coaches, including Tom Herman, now the University of Houston coach.
Warinner's coaching career includes coordinator positions for three record-setting Kansas Jayhawks teams, including the 2007 unit that averaged 479.8 yards and 42.8 points per game. He also has two seasons as offensive coordinator experience at Army.
Warinner was named the 2014 FootballScoop offensive line coach of the year. He is the first coach to earn offensive line coach of the year honors from FootballScoop twice and he joins a short list of three other coaches -- Mark Helfrich, Kliff Kingsbury and Philip Montgomery -- to be named a FootballScoop positional coach of the year twice. He also won the award in 2012.
Warinner's honors also include being named a 2014 Rivals.com Top 25 recruiter. In 2012, Rivals.com named Warinner one of the Top 20 "hottest assistant coaches" in the nation and prior to coming to Ohio State in 2011, he was a finalist for the FootballScoop offensive line coach of the year.
Warinner has coached at eight different schools: Akron, Michigan State, Army, Air Force, Kansas, Illinois, Notre Dame and now Ohio State. In addition to his 11 years in coordinator positions, he has spent 19 of the past 24 seasons coaching the offensive line.
"I've always strived to coach in positions where I have a lot of responsibility," Warinner has said. "Serving as a coordinator goes beyond just coaching what my guys are doing. It is a thought process of attacking and moving the ball, and strategies and reading plays. There is a big picture as a coordinator that I am into and really enjoy, and it's a position from where I think I can make a significant contribution to the success of a team."
After opening his coaching career in 1984 at Akron (running backs), Warinner was linebackers and secondary coach at Michigan State in 1985-86.
Then came a 13-year run at Army, a period when he coached along the offensive line for seven years and became a coordinator -- offensive -- for the first time (1998-99). While Warinner was at Army the Cadets led the nation in rushing three times.
He left Army to join Fisher DeBerry's staff at Air Force. He spent three years there as the offensive line coach and the Falcons led the nation in rushing in 2002 (307.8 yards per game).
The first of two terms at Kansas -- 2003-04 -- ensued for Warinner, working as offensive line coach/run game coordinator, before a two-year run with Illinois in the same capacity. In his second season with the Illini, his rushing attack netted 188.3 yards per game which was the best by an Illinois team since 1973.
Warinner's talents as an offensive coordinator then took center stage from 2007-09 while at Kansas. The Jayhawks posted the three best offenses in terms of total yards and passing yards in those years and also had three of the top seven scoring seasons in school history as well.
His 2007 Jayhawks were the nation's second-highest scoring team (42.8 points per game) and set a school record by averaging 479.8 yards per game, two huge reasons that Kansas went 12-1 that year with a 24-21 FedEx Orange Bowl victory over Virginia Tech.
The 2008 Jayhawks averaged 432.4 yards and 33.4 points per game, respectively, and his final Jayhawk offense averaged 422.4 offensive yards, including a school-record 310.3 passing yards. Warinner was a finalist for the American Football Coaches Association's National Assistant Coach of the Year award following the 2009 campaign.
He then joined Kelly's staff at Notre Dame, where he helped the Irish to consecutive bowl games: the 2010 Hyundai Sun Bowl and the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl. In 2010 Notre Dame had its best per carry rushing average since 2003 (4.0), a figure that improved to 4.8 in 2011.
Warinner was a football and baseball letterman at Mount Union from 1979-83. He has a bachelor's degree in physical education from Mount Union (1984) and a master's in education from Akron (1985). He and his wife, Mary Beth, have three children: daughters Madisyn and Merideth, and a son, Edward.
Ed Warinner Coaching Experience
|2016||Offensive Coordinator/TE||Ohio State|
|2015||Offensive Coordinator/OL||Ohio State|
|2012-14||Co-Offensive Coordinator/OL||Ohio State|
|2011||OL/Run Game Coordinator||Notre Dame|
|2010||Offensive Line||Notre Dame|
|2009||Assoc. Head Co./OC/QB||Kansas|
|2005-06||OL/Run Game Coordinator||Illinois|
|2004||OL/Run Game Coordinator||Kansas|
|2000-02||Offensive Line||Air Force Academy|
Ed Warinner Quick Facts
Hometown: Strasburg, Ohio
High School: Strasburg-Franklin
Alma Mater: Mount Union, 1984
Master's Degree: Akron, 1985
Year in Coaching: 33rd (Fifth year at Ohio State)
Wife: Mary Beth
Children: Daughters Madisyn and Merideth, and a son, Edward
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