August 10, 2007

Center of attention

Big things were expected of center Jim Cordle when he came to Columbus two years ago. The former four-star from Lancaster, Ohio would have been the top-rated lineman in Ohio had it not been for current Buckeye left tackle Alex Boone.

Cordle was the No. 7 guard and the No. 4 player in the state of Ohio that year according to Rivals.com. He enrolled early that spring and impressed coaches enough to get a serious look in 2005, but suffered a foot injury that forced him to redshirt.

Two years later, Cordle is being called upon to step up and take his place in a long line of great Buckeye centers.

The pressure is on for Cordle to continue the streak of solid centers at OSU that dates all the way back to 1994. Juan Porter was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes under John Cooper from 1994-96. Since then, OSU has produced five-straight All-Big Ten centers starting with Kurt Murphy, who started for the Buckeyes from 1997-99.

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