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Decker holding down right tackle spot

Matt BuckeyeInsider

Urban Meyer did not hide his concern coming into the season about the right tackle position that was vacated by Reid Fragel.

Taylor Decker got the spot, at least partially because there were no other candidates close to being ready.

The sophomore from Vandalia-Butler showed growing pains early, but has come along quickly.

“His progress has been what we hoped, getting experience, continuing to play, being around other guys in the group that are very good players, learning how to practice,” said OSU offensive line coach Ed Warriner.

With Decker’s help, the Buckeyes are ranked 11th nationally in rushing at 279.6 yards per game.

“Taylor Decker is coming of age,” said Meyer after the Buckeyes’ win over Iowa. “I feel good about him. I feel good about the line and that’s where winning football, certainly offensive football starts.”

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