The 2010s are coming to an end, and we can’t help but reminisce about the memories that the decade brought with it— a national championship, four Big Ten titles, four head coaches, and some of the best to ever wear the scarlet and gray.
To wrap up the decade, we want to hear from you about who you think should comprise the Ohio State Buckeyes’ All-Decade team. From now until the end of the year, we will be going position by position and giving you the candidates so that you can decide who receives this honor more prestigious than a tree in Buckeye Grove, a pair of gold pants, or a ring so big that you have to carry a 10-pound weight in the other hand to stay balanced.
You’ll be able to vote in the positional articles through Dec. 30 at 12 noon ET, and on Twitter for one week after the poll goes up. Keep in mind that since we are conducting part of the voting on Twitter, we are limited to just four options per position, so this is going to be tough!
Once all the votes are in for every position, we’ll reveal the final All-Decade roster on the final day of the 2010s.
Next Up: Offensive Tackle. Here are your candidates:
Jack Mewhort (2010-2013)
Versatility would come to be a defining theme for the Buckeyes along the offensive line in the 2010s, and Jack Mewhort was one of the earliest great examples.
Mewhort came to Columbus as the country’s top-ranked center in 2009 during the latter part of the Jim Tressel era. However, he would end up starting at guard in 2011 before finally settling at left tackle to finish his career under Urban Meyer.
That ended up being the proper spot for Mewhort as he was named an All-American in 2013 and helped Ohio State rank fifth in the nation running the ball that season.
Mewhort would go on to be drafted by the Indianapolis Colts No. 59 overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Taylor Decker (2012-2015)
Meyer’s recruiting prowess is legendary, and he began to make an impact the second that he stepped on to campus, starting with guys like Taylor Decker. Initially, a Notre Dame commit who wasn’t even offered by the Buckeyes, but Meyers helped flip Decker’s commitment, and the rest is history.
As a sophomore, Decker started at right tackle opposite the aforementioned mentioned Mewhort before replacing him in 2014. Decker earned Second Team All Big-Ten honors in 2014 while also helping Ohio State and Ezekiel Elliott run to a national title.
Then, despite having the chance to go pro, Decker returned for his senior year and was able to take his game to an entirely different level. By the end of 2015, he was a consensus All-American and unanimous all-conference selection. That fantastic senior season led to Decker being selected 16th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.
Jamarco Jones (2014-2017)
Jamarco Jones came to Columbus as a top-60 recruit in the nation, but after having back-to-back All-Americans at left tackle in Mewhort and Decker, there were some big shoes to fill.
Jones had to wait his turn, however, once he was given the opportunity, he proved to be up to the challenge. Jones became a starter in 2016 and proceeded to play 27 straight games for the Buckeyes.
In his first season as a starter in 2016, Jones earned Second-Team All-Big Ten and First-Team in 2017. Jones would go on to be a fifth-round pick in 2018 NFL Draft by Seattle Seahawks.
Isaiah Prince (2015-2018)
The left side has been getting most of the love thus far, so let’s take a look at a right tackle.
Isaiah Prince came to Ohio State as a top-five tackle in his recruiting class and was the first freshman to lose his black stripe, quickly making the two-deep on the depth chart. He then became a starter in 2016 and would remain one for the rest of his Buckeye career.
His sophomore season was a bit rough, but he continued to improve and — by his senior season — was an essential piece on one the best pass protecting offensive line in the country. Dwayne Haskins was able to benefit from this protection to the tune of 4,800 yards and 50 touchdowns last year
Prince was First-Team All-Conference selection in 2018 and is the only member of the 2015 class to play in all 54 games during his four years at Ohio State.
Prince was drafted No. 202 overall by the Miami Dolphins in last year’s NFL Draft.
Remember, since we are limited to four options on Twitter polls, some other Buckeye tackles had to be left out. If you want to tell us how wrong we are for leaving your favorite OT out, or if you want to make your case for one of the candidates, please feel free to do so in the comments below!
Which Buckeye offensive tackle should be on Ohio State’s All-Decade team? The top two will be selected.
Who was Ohio State’s best offensive tackle of the decade?
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