Ohio State starting left tackle Thayer Munford has announced his intention to return to OSU for one more year. He released the news via social media.

Munford has been the Buckeyes’ starting left tackle since 2018 and even though he was a true senior in 2020, he is using the NCAA’s “free year waiver” to come back for a fifth season on the field.

Munford was a First-Team All-Big Ten selection this past season by both the media and the coaches. He was a second-team selection in 2019 and received an honorable mention nod in 2018. This return sets him up to become Ohio State’s first four-year starter at left tackle since Tyson Walter (1997-99, 01).

The reasoning for the return is listed in Munford’s letter above, but after playing with a bad back the entirety of 2019 and finally being healthy in 2020, another year of healthy play on tape for the NFL in 2021 could greatly increase Munford’s stock.

With Munford back and the likely return of starting right tackle Nick Petit-Frere, the Buckeyes would be returning arguably the best pair of tackles in college football, which is a great thing for a program that will be starting a brand new quarterback in 2021.

In what has been a rough past week or so for Ohio State, this is some welcome news for sure.

Of course, for members of our Ask The Insider Board, this one was old news, but still big news.

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