A season ago, Ohio State allowed 28 sacks, tying the second most allowed in a season under Urban Meyer's watch.
Fast forward to 2017, Ohio State's veteran offensive line is looking to reverse the trend by learning from its past mistakes. Senior left tackle Jamarco Jones said Thursday that film study has been the biggest took for the Buckeyes in helping learn what went wrong a year ago.
"You have to look back at film. Film is the biggest help for o-linemen. You don’t know what you are doing wrong unless you watch film," Jones said. "Whether it is technique or just knowing possibilities on certain plays, you go back and analyze it and fix it and change it and get better.”
Instead of putting the poor performances against Penn State, Michigan and Clemson behind them, Jones said using those experiences as lessons has helped the Buckeyes improve throughout the spring.
"It is hard to not mention it because that is not our culture around here," Jones said. "We have been working our tails off this spring practice. We have got the best defensive linemen in the country so we go up against those guys everyday. That is going to help us out a lot in the fall.”
In addition to improving his play, Jones said he is making strides as a leader as well for Ohio State. A true senior and set to be a second year starter, Jones is one of four returning starters along the Buckeye offensive line in 2017.
Even though Billy Price, a four year starter, is assumed to be the unquestioned leader up front, Jones said he is trying to step up more as a vocal leader from his left tackle position this spring.
“We don’t have Pat (Elflein) anymore and Billy can’t be the only one on the o-line that’s a leader. I am the old guy in the room now, me and Billy," Jones said. "I just have to take ownership of it and make sure I am helping guys along.”
Despite four spots filled, there is a spot open at guard which was left vacated after Price bumped over to center, filling in for Elflein. Jones said he has seen Matt Burrell, Demetrius Knox and Malcolm Pridgeon all put together solid practices for Ohio State and added he thinks the spot is still up for grabs.
“We have a bunch of guys battling in there. Matt Burrell, Meech (Knox), Malcolm (Pridgeon) and Gavin (Cupp) has had a couple good days of practice," Jones said. "We have a bunch of guys that have been stepping up whether it is with the ones or even the twos. There is a lot of growth in our unit right now.”