What Alabama Transfer Lindsay Brings to Ohio State
Lindsay, a senior who graduated early from the University of Alabama this spring, will be eligible to step in and play immediately for the Buckeyes.
This isn't overly sexy news that will jump off anybody's computer screen, but it's an acquisition that might be exactly what Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman needed to sure up their shuffling offensive line.
Last year, the Buckeyes' offensive line was one of the the best in the entire country. Led by left tackle Jack Mewhort and center Corey Linsley, they were instrumental in powering Ohio State to the third-best rushing attack in the nation in 2013.
But with four of the five starters from 2013 graduated, the o-line entered (and also exited) spring practice as arguably the biggest question mark on the team.
Meyer, who typically likes to have the depth chart set by the conclusion of the spring game, has only tabbed Taylor Decker (left tackle) and Pat Eiflein (left guard) as starters for 2014 to this point.
During spring practice, the competition at center surrounded sophomore Jacoby Boren and redshirt freshman Billy Price, and neither of which have any real in-game experience at the college level.
Now Lindsay falls into the lap of the Buckeyes, and all but puts an end to that competition.
Lindsay was the backup center for the Crimson Tide for his first two seasons, but overtook the starting position towards the end of 2013, getting the nod in each of Alabama's last four games. Now, he heads to Columbus ready to pick up right where he left off.
Although he might not be Barrett Jones, Lindsay is still a very talented lineman, and will make the loss of Linsley a lot easier to handle.
His experience, both in-game and practicing against one of the best defensive lines in the country for three years, will also be a big boost to a Buckeye offensive line that will be severely lacking in that regard.
Getting the starting offensive line locked down was my No. 1 task for Meyer coming into spring practice. Not only does landing Lindsay help accomplish that, but it also brings in somebody not named Decker to bring much needed maturity and leadership to a young, inexperienced unit.
If the Buckeyes are fortunate enough to be as potent and explosive as they were in 2013, coach Meyer will be able to look back at Lindsay transferring at the end of April as a turning point for their 2014 season.