PASADENA, Calif. — Backup offensive lineman Joshua Alabi is ready for the opportunity should he be needed in the Rose Bowl Game.
Ohio State has had some tough injuries to their offensive line over the past five weeks.
First, right guard Demetrius Knox suffered a season-ending foot injury in the Michigan game and was replaced by Wyatt Davis on the offensive line. Now, it’s looking like starting left tackle Thayer Munford will miss the Rose Bowl Game as well as he has been listed as a game-time decision by Ryan Day after dealing with an undisclosed injury.
With Munford out, Joshua Alabi will now slide into that starting role and the constant message that he gave is that he’s “prepared”.
“I think I’m pretty well prepared,” said Alabi at Ohio State’s Media Day for the Rose Bowl Game. “The coaches, they’ve been on me this whole entire month just trying to get me prepared and I thank God for giving me this opportunity.”
While the details of Thayer Mumford’s injury have not been disclosed yet, it appears that it happened early on in the month as Joshua Alabi has been preparing to be a starter for the entire month.
“This whole entire month, I’ve been getting prepared,” said Alabi. “Actually, the entire year I’ve tried to just practice and prepare like I was starting because you never know when your name or your number is going to be called, so I just always try to stay prepared.”
This won’t be the first game action that Alabi has seen this season as he filled in for Munford before this season in both the Minnesota and Maryland games after Munford had to leave both of those games with injuries.
Alabi even graded out a champion for his performance in the Maryland game after playing 85 snaps against the Terrapins.
That playing time this season will be invaluable to Alabi as he is thrust into the starting role for the first time in his collegiate career at Ohio State.
Alabi said that he is having some conflicting emotions heading into the Rose Bowl Game but that he feels “very prepared” for the challenge of starting for the first time.
“It’s probably a combination of both nerves and excitement,” Alabi said of how he’s feeling heading into the Rose Bowl Game with the likelihood that he’s going to be the starting left tackle against Washington. “Like I said, I feel very prepared and God wouldn’t put me in this position if I wasn’t, so I thank Him for that.”
No. 6 Ohio State will take on No. 9 Washington in the 105th Rose Bowl Game on New Year’s Day. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:10pm ET and the game will be televised on ESPN.
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