GLENDALE, Ariz. - Not long after Ohio State was thumped 31-0 in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl on New Years Eve, Buckeye offensive lineman Billy Price was asked about his future.
Price immediately said he will return to Columbus for the 2017 season partially because of the way 2016 ended with the blowout loss to Clemson.
"It is motivation for next year. You have to use this as fuel for preperation," Price said of the loss. "I'm coming back. I am going to be playing center. We are going to do some work next year. I didn't play very well tonight. The decision was made awhile ago, just kept things private to focus on the team."
Price was part of an offensive line that paved the way for just 88 rushing yards in a shutout loss, Ohio State's first since Michigan blanked the Buckeyes in 1993.
Price is set to make the same transition that senior Pat Elflein made this offseason, moving from guard to center for his redshirt-senior campaign. Price said he needs to take Elflein's spot as the leader along the offensive line.
"Following behind Pat, man it is going to be tough losing him," Price said. "Taylor Decker was a huge part of this, Jacoby Boren and the guys who set that culture. It is my job to lead that next year."
The Ohio State offensive line is set to lose just one starter in Elflein, as Jamarco Jones, Michael Jordan and Isaiah Prince are all expected to be back next season.