“I’ve played center the past two, three years — always as a backup, taking reps — so I’ve been comfortable in that transition,” Elflein said. “It’s going good, and I’m feeling comfortable there.”
Three-year starting guard Billy Price has taken a leadership role in Elflein’s absence.
“This is first and foremost Pat’s offensive line,” Price said. “I don’t want there to ever be a question about that. My job is when he is out to step up and take that role, to take that leadership and be the older guy. We’re excited to get Pat back, and we’re ready to rock and roll.”
The Buckeyes will have three new starters on the line. Jamarco Jones and Isaiah Prince are expected to start at the tackle spots, and true freshman Michael Jordan likely will start at left guard. The first official depth chart comes out next week. The coaches have been hesitant to officially name starters until then.
“I think we can be really good, even one of the best,” Elflein said. “We can pick up right where we left off, always breaking records, being in the Ohio State record book and rushing for hundreds of yards each game.”