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Depth on OSU offensive line takes another hit

9/9/2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Low on veterans and looking for depth during its rebuilding project on the offensive line, Ohio State seemed to have landed the perfect bridge to the future when Chad Lindsay transferred in from Alabama to lend a hand for his final season in college.

But after just two games, his career is over and the Buckeyes are right back where they started.

Lindsay announced his decision to walk away from football and leave the program via email on Monday night, citing undisclosed injuries that couldn't be immediately confirmed by an Ohio State spokesman. No matter what the exact issue might be, the former four-game starter with the Crimson Tide and a player the Buckeyes hoped would be able to plug right in to provide some experience for a unit replacing four starters is now no longer in the plans moving forward.

"As most of you know, I sustained a serious injury during fall camp and, unfortunately, was re-injured last week," Lindsay said in a statement. "As a result, and after careful consideration, I have determined that it is time for me to walk away from football. I have had a great career and I will always be grateful for so many wonderful experiences.

"I would like to thank coach [Urban] Meyer, the coaching staff, players and trainers as it has been an honor to be a part of The Ohio State University football family. I wish the team great success for the remainder of the season."

Lindsay didn't appear in either game to open the season for the Buckeyes, though he was frequently mentioned during training camp as battling with Jacoby Boren for the starting job at center.

Ohio State struggled mightily up front during its upset loss on Saturday to Virginia Tech, giving up seven sacks and showing plenty of signs of growing pains as it works to replace Corey Linsley at center and three other key linemen from last year's record-setting offense.

If it wasn't already, the job clearly belongs to Boren as the Buckeyes try to bounce back and make a run at a conference championship. And the pressure to anchor a revamped line and speed through the learning curve might have just kicked up a notch.