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Thayer Munford a Rare Four-Year Starter At Tackle For Buckeyes

Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is super-senior left tackle Thayer Munford. Yesterday it was defensive end Javontae Jean-Baptiste. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.

Thayer Munford

No. 75 | Left Tackle | 6-6 321 | Super Senior | Massillon Washington High School | Cincinnati, Ohio

How’d He Get Here

Thayer Munford almost didn’t get here. He had to wait until the last couple of weeks of the 2017 recruiting cycle to even get his Ohio State offer, and that may have only happened because Colorado offensive lineman Jake Moretti decommitted from the Buckeyes in mid-November. Had Moretti stayed committed, the last three years of Ohio State offensive line play would have definitely been interesting to watch. But the Buckeyes did finally offer him and he committed to Ohio State on signing day. This despite also receiving an offer from Ed Warinner and Minnesota in mid-January. Even though he didn’t enroll until the summer of 2017, Munford immediately impressed his coaches and it was pretty clear that he was further ahead than many could have imagined.

Current Situation

Thayer Munford started at left tackle as a true sophomore and earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten accolades from the B1G coaches and media. As a junior, he earned Second-Team All-Big Ten honors. Last year, it was First-Team. Munford surprised everybody by deciding to return for a fifth year, but nobody in the Ohio State coaching staff was upset by the news. He is now lining up to be one of the rare four-year starters on the offensive line for the Buckeyes. He’s got left tackle locked down, which is great news for whichever rookie quarterback wins the job this fall.

What to Like

There is plenty to like about Thayer Munford. Obviously, the experience is great because he’s seen it all and has sharpened his iron against guys like Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard, Jalyn Holmes, Jashon Cornell, Chase Young, Jonathon Cooper, Zach Harrison, Tyreke Smith, and more over the years. There is nothing new under his sun and he’s only getting better. His main reason for returning was to graduate, but right behind was the fact that he still wanted to get better. He wants to be the first tackle off the draft board next year. Munford has a tremendous base both physically and mentally. The coaches can count on him and so can the quarterbacks.

What’s the Ceiling This Year?

The ceiling for Thayer Munford this year is a tree in Buckeye Grove. He has name recognition, which helps, but he’s also been very, very good as a starter for the Buckeyes. He’s just always been very solid, but last year he began taking a bigger step forward because he was further removed from a back injury that cost him offseason growth prior to his sophomore year. He was able to prepare and get stronger — at least as much as that could be allowed last year. With everything back on track in terms of workouts and preparation, the ceiling this year for Munford is domination and hardware.

And Beyond?

There are people who think Thayer Munford is going to play guard in the NFL, which is something that he himself has heard. He wants this year to be another example that he can play tackle at the next level. If he continues to play well and showcases the kind of footwork that is necessary to play on the outside, then he could very well reach his goal of being the first tackle drafted next year. Munford has made a progression each year he has been at Ohio State. The progress he makes this year could land him in the first round of the NFL Draft. But if it doesn’t, there is still going to be a long career ahead for him in the pros. Even if it has to happen at guard.