Nicholas Petit-Frere has been vying to become a household name for the Ohio State football team ever since he set foot on campus in 2018 as the top offensive lineman in his class that year.
There have been high expectations for the Outland Trophy Watch List member as we saw Petit-Frere shine in his role at right tackle for the Buckeyes last season. Last year, Petit-Frere lined up opposite of left tackle Thayer Munford who is arguably the top offensive lineman in the country this year.
Thanks to the development of junior Dawand Jones at right tackle and head coach Ryan Day’s desire to get the best five offensive linemen on the field, Munford has now moved inside to left guard and Petit-Frere has moved from right tackle to left tackle.
It has taken some time for Petit-Frere to adjust, but he has done a great job getting used to the left side.
“Just had to learn a different position, had to get adjusted to something new,” Petit-Frere said this week. “Whatever I can do to help this team is my main mission no matter what position it was. Whether it was tackle or guard, I just want to play and I want to help this team the best way I can.”
Petit-Frere is a team-first guy and has been a fan favorite for his team-first mentality.
The position switch takes time and is not the quickest thing to accommodate as a football player, however with Petit-Frere’s talent and aptitude it has not been a slow adjustment.
“There was a small adjustment period with trying to be comfortable switching the stance and things like that,” he said. “I feel like I know the plays pretty well, it was just kind of getting more comfortable using different timings, from left to right.”
It didn’t take too long for Petit-Frere to get comfortable. He continued to get more reps in practice which made him more comfortable as time went on.
“It took about maybe a week or so just through reps,” he said. “There is nothing you can’t accomplish without more reps.”
The expected starting five offensive lineman would be Petit-Frere at left tackle, Thayer Munford at left guard, Harry Miller at center, Paris Johnson at right guard, and Dawand Jones taking on the right tackle role.
Offensive line coach Greg Studrawa has been excellent in developing these young men into playing multiple positions to help the team win in any way possible.
“We are always prepared as offensive lineman to play any position possible on the field,” Petit-Frere said. “We don’t just learn one position, we don’t just learn tackle. We don’t just learn guard. We don’t just learn center. Every single offensive lineman can tell you every single position, every single responsibility of each player.”
The Buckeyes and will finally be on the field to show off their new offensive line tonight at 8:00 pm on FOX, and Nicholas Petit-Frere hopes to prove a rude host to the Gophers in his new home at left tackle.