COLUMBUS — The point, Ohio State assistant coach Ed Warinner told his players, is to not sweat all the outside stuff.
“All you have to do is your job. If you think about things outside of your job, then you get overwhelmed a little bit,” Warinner told the candidates to fill the gaping holes on the offensive line. “You don’t have to cover for each other, just do your job. And that’s all we’re having them focus on. I think they’ll be fine.”
Warinner, the Buckeyes’ co-offensive coordinator and line coach, is charged with a mighty task — replacing four big players with big personalities up front who were the backbone of the team.
Their departure leaves Warinner and Taylor Decker to pass on the unit’s legacy of clearing running lanes, sealing off the passer and sticking together like a long-haired band of brothers in some action flick.
“They were definitely great players,” Decker said of the graduated Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall. “We just need somebody to lead these (new) guys. Because it’s a talented group of guys, who just have to get experience.”