Underwood Took Long Road Back To Starting Job

One year ago, Antonio Underwood tore the ACL in his knee, stopping the offensive lineman's ascent up the depth chart just as it started. Now, Underwood feels healthy and feels good, too, having begun the spring as the Buckeyes' No. 1 left guard.

Antonio Underwood was highly thought of enough to start one game as a freshman in 2011 at Purdue, but the offensive lineman's career has not taken a linear jump forward since then.

The former three-star prospect from Shaker Heights, Ohio, was passed over for a starting job in 2012 when the new staff came in. Then, just as he felt he was stepping forward on the field, he suffered a torn ACL during spring practice last year.

It was a tough time for Underwood, but one from which his current success stems. After a year of rehab, Underwood is working as the first-team left guard for the Buckeyes this spring and could be in the starting lineup when OSU opens the season in August vs. Navy.

Here, the lineman talks about his road back and his outlook on his career.

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