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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
Ed Warinner has worked with four offenses that have led the nation in rushing. It won't be a surprise if his efforts as Ohio State's third-year co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach nets another national rushing honor of the Scarlet and Gray variety in the near future.
Warinner has helped Ohio State to average 37.2 and 45.5 points per game the last two seasons with an offense that has been among the best in the nation each year. In 2013 Ohio State ranked third nationally in scoring and fifth nationally in rushing (308.6 yards per game). And in 2012 the Buckeyes ranked 10th nationally in rushing (242.2) and 21st in scoring.
School records are falling fast. In 2013 alone, 12 single season records were broken, including most rushing yards in a season (4,321 yards, which also is a Big Ten Conference record), most passing touchdowns (38), most total touchdowns (82) and most total offensive yards (7,167), yards per play (7.1) and yards per game (511.9).
The efforts of Warinner's offensive line are the foundation of some impressive rushing stats the last two seasons as well: Ohio State has had 10 300-plus rushing games (and two 400-yard games) in the last 26 games. The 10 previous 300-yard games for Ohio State go back 17 years and 201 games. The team broke the previous per carry record for a season by over a yard with a 6.8 yards-per-carry average last season. And the Buckeyes have scored 82 rushing touchdowns.
For his efforts on and off the field, Warinner was named a 2014 Rivals Top 25 recruiter and the 2012 FootballScoop Offensive Line Coach of the Year. Also 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 came to Ohio State after working as the offensive line coach for two seasons at Notre Dame, and with the added responsibility of run game coordinator in 2011. Warinner has 10 years of experience in a coordinator position, including three years as offensive coordinator at Kansas when the Jayhawks averaged 445.5 total yards per game and 35.3 points during that three-year period.
"I really wanted to hire a coach with coordinator experience," Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. "That was very important to me. Ed has that experience. His offenses at Kansas were not only impressive, but they were some of the top offenses in the country."
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 17 of the past 22 seasons coaching the offensive line.
"I've always strived to coach in positions where I have a lot of responsibility," Warinner 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.
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