Linsley has been the center of attention on the Ohio State offensive line for the past two seasons - 2012 and 2013 - and was one of the best centers in the nation during that time ... he made the transition from offensive guard/tackle to center in the spring of 2012 and proceeded to start every game as a junior and senior ... called the team's "apex," he had the responsibility of handling all line of scrimmage play calls, adjustments and snaps ... and then he would block and protect with a ferocious authority ... he was a tough kid, too, having battled through a couple of injuries the last two years, including foot surgery this spring, to start all 26 games for the Buckeyes, a stretch when the team won a schoolrecord 24-consecutive games ... logged more than 1,600 plays from scrimmage (combined) in 2012 and 2013 ... he was part of a fourman quartet of seniors along the offensive line who collectively were the heart and soul of the 2013 Buckeyes ... he played in 42 games for the Buckeyes ... graduated in December 2013 with his degree in economics.
Corey Linsley is a fifth-year senior and a leader of the offense as the team's center ... he is one of four returning starters along the offensive line for Ohio State ... he made the transition from offensive guard/tackle to center in the spring of 2012, became one of the Buckeyes most improved players and preceded to start all 12 games at center last season for the undefeated Buckeyes ... named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference by both the conference coaches and media ... played through a painful foot injury, which required post-season surgery, the latter half of the season and helped the Buckeyes' offense to a Big Ten-best 37.2 points per game and to 242.2 rushing yards per game (2nd in the Big Ten and 10th nationally) ... the team also scored a team 34-year best 37 rushing touchdowns last year... Corey did not participate in the 2013 spring drills while rehabbing his foot, but he will be the team's starting center in 2013.
He is a three-year letterwinner who has played in 28 games for the Buckeyes ... he played in 10 games as a reserve at multiple line positions in 2011 and he played in six games in 2010 as a red-shirt freshman ... Corey is consistently recognized as one of the strongest players on the team, and benches over 500 pounds.
Corey, an economics major at Ohio State, was a team captain for coach D.J. Ogilivie's Boradman H.S. team as a senior ... he was named all-Federal League, all Northeast Ohio and was a second team all-Ohio selection ... a Big 33 team member ... was a fine shot putter in track and field, winning a regional championship and medaling at the state meet ... also played basketball and even played the trumpet in the band for a while.
Corey is the son of Laurie and James Linsley.
- JC Tretter was thought to have the inside track for the job, but offensive line coach James Campen indicated Saturday that the team's fourth starting center in as many years is to be determined the next few months. "Well, it's going to be interesting," said Campen, after Green Bay selected Ohio State center Corey Linsley in the fifth round (No. 161 overall). Linsley, along with Tretter and Garth Gerhart, will vie for the opening on the offensive line created when 2013 starter Evan Dietrich-Smith signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.
Tretter, a second-year player taken in the fourth round of the 2013 draft, didn't play as a rookie after he sustained a broken leg in last spring's organized team activities. Gerhart, a first-year player, spent most of last season on Green Bay's practice squad. "It's going to be very competitive," Campen said of the battle to replace Dietrich-Smith. "They all know that in the (position) room. ... Corey, he's excited for the opportunity as well. "Those things will be something that'll be a weekly thing, I'm sure, going forward. I have great confidence in all three of those young men." Campen noted an early connection between Aaron Rodgers and Tretter the first few weeks of the team's offseason program. "You look at the short time that Aaron and JC have been together now, and they're flowing very well," Campen said. - The Sports Xchange