According to a source, Ohio State’s search for their next offensive line coach is over. The eagerly-anticipated hire of coach Justin Frye is expected to get formalized early this week with an announcement. Throughout the league, coaches are familiar with the innovative and creative offense that has led to a high number of rushing yards each year. Also included in the announcement will likely be an additional title, such as run game coordinator. The Buckeyes are closing in on a deal with Frye, sources said.
I think this will be a really nice move, he brings the knowledge, experience and track record of success. The current OSU offensive linemen are familiar with him and he can hit the ground running.
Replacing Greg Studrawa
In replacing Greg Studrawa, the Buckeyes are hiring Justin Frye (38 years old), an Indiana native who most recently coached at UCLA. Prior to that, he was a graduate assistant at Florida (2009-2010) and offensive line coach at Boston College (2013-17). Much of Coach Justin Frye's success off the field begins with his instincts as a player. After all, he played college football at Indiana University for 4 years.
Justin Frye and Ryan Day
Frye's history of working with Ryan Day is also noteworthy because both men have a track record of producing top-notch results. They did it in similar fashion at Temple, where an improved offensive line helped the Owls go 9-4 and win their second bowl game in school history.
Justin Frye at UCLA
In his first season at UCLA, Justin Frye directed an offensive line that helped the Bruins improve from 67th to fifth in the FBS by averaging 185.6 rushing yards per game. Prior to Frye’s arrival, UCLA averaged 152.8 rushing yards per game over the previous two seasons. In 2018, UCLA running back Joshua Kelley tallied 1,243 yards on the ground, which ranked 10th in school history for a single campaign.
Frye helped anchor a Bruins' rushing attack that was second in the Pac-12 last season with 215.1 yards per game and 17th nationally in 200-yard rushing games (8). The Bruins were also second in the conference and 11th nationally with 36.5 points per game, while leading the Pac-12 with 441.2 total yards of offense per game.
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