PASADENA, Calif. — Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa says he interviewed for the Bowling Green State University head football coach’s job before it hired Boston College offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler on Nov. 28.
“I did take a look at it. I interviewed for it,” Studrawa said on Sunday during Rose Bowl media day. “I have great memories there. I was there. I went back there with Coach (Urban) Meyer and turned it around again. They hired a great guy and they’re going to be fine, but yes sir, I did look at it. I would have (wanted it),” he said.
Studrawa, a Fostoria St. Wendelin High School graduate, played at Bowling Green and was an assistant coach there from 2001-2006, including Meyer’s two seasons at BG in 2001 and 2002. He does not have head coaching experience but has been the offensive coordinator at LSU and at Bowling Green.
Studrawa, like Ohio State’s other assistant coaches will soon find out if new Buckeyes coach Ryan Day will retain them when he takes complete control after Meyer’s final game at OSU in today’s Rose Bowl.
“I expect to be here but that’s Ryan’s decision,” Studrawa said. “I’m not worried about it either way. I haven’t had any indications I won’t be back. But it is in flux. It’s part of the business, it’s part of the job.”
In his brother’s footsteps: Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller’s older brother Devin, a wide receiver, played four years at UCLA, which plays its home games in the Rose Bowl.
“This is his stadium. It’s cool to be able to keep it in the family,” Fuller said.
Devin Fuller caught 146 passes in his career at UCLA from 2011-2015, including 10 touchdown catches. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL draft by the Atlanta Falcons.
Center of attention: One way or another, expect back-up center Josh Myers to be Ohio State’s starting center in the 2019 season.
If Michael Jordan, this year’s starting center, returns for his senior season, he will return to guard, where he played his first two seasons, and Myers, a four-star recruit from Miamisburg, will be the center. If Jordan declares for the NFL, Jordan moves up to the starting center role.
“With what Josh Myers has done in the last six weeks he’s ready to go take that spot and Mike can move back to guard,” Studrawa said on Sunday.
“I think he’s ready right now. In bowl practice, we’ve had him at center a little bit and Mike back at left guard. It isn’t easy to snap a football and ask him to do the things we do in our offense. It has taken him some time,” he said.
Myers said, “I put in a tremendous amount of work and a tremendous amount of time and I feel like I’m as ready to go as I will be. As the weeks went on I got more and more comfortable and more and more confident. I think that made all the difference.”
Munford’s status: Whether injured starting left tackle Thayer Munford will be able to start in the Rose Bowl will be a “game time decision” Meyer said on Monday.
If he is not healthy enough to play, Joshua Alabi will get his first start at OSU. The Buckeyes would have two starting offensive linemen with a combined three starts if Alabi is on the field for the first OSU snap.
Wyatt Davis got his first start at guard in the Big Ten championship game after Demetrius Knox suffered a season-ending foot injury late in the Michigan game.
Grand Daddy of all security guards: Not only is this the first time OSU’s Meyer has coached at the Rose Bowl, until this week he hadn’t seen it from the inside.
He tried to look inside once many years ago, but a security guard chased him away. Meyer remembered that attempt during a press conference on Monday.
“Back in the ’90s, I can’t remember what year, I drove by and stopped, and I used to recruit out here all the time. I stopped and I was going to try to sneak a peek inside because I’ve heard about it for so many years and watched it,” he said. “I was told to leave. And the guy was really rude, too.”
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