Ohio State '23 OH OL (RS FR) - Luke Montgomery

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    MONTGOMERY STARTS AT RIGHT GUARD
    Perhaps the biggest personnel question entering spring practices is who will start on the right side of Ohio State’s offensive line this year. For at least the start of Tuesday’s opening practice, Luke Montgomery appeared to be first in line to start alongside Josh Fryar on the right side – though maybe not at the positions you’d expect.

    Montgomery opened spring as the first-team right guard while Fryar took the first-team reps at right tackle, the position he started at last year. Returning starters Josh Simmons, Donovan Jackson and Carson Hinzman took the first-team reps at left tackle, left guard and center.

    Transfer center Seth McLaughlin began the spring repping with the second-team offensive line at center, though there’s a good chance he’ll supplant Hinzman in the starting lineup once he gets some Ohio State practices under his belt. The rest of the second-team offensive line consisted of Zen Michalski at left tackle, Austin Siereveld at left guard, Enokk Vimahi at right guard and Tegra Tshabola at right tackle.
     
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    • On Luke Montgomery at guard: "He's very athletic, he's somebody to me that is skilled in a lot of areas. ... We think he's got a very, very high ceiling. He's got a list of things, just like everybody, that he's gonna look at this offseason." Day added that they'll take a look at Montgomery at tackle as well, but his quickness and bend make him a good candidate for guard.
     
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    • On the transition to right guard: “It’s a little different for sure. Just getting used to it. Spring ball is all about technique, so getting used to the technique, it’s a little faster inside. But I’m enjoying it. I’m having a lot of fun out there.”
    • Montgomery said he has been practicing exclusively at guard this spring.
    • Montgomery said he’s gained about 12-14 pounds since last year. His current weight is around 308-309 pounds.
    • Montgomery believes playing the Bison role last year helped prepare him to compete for a starting job this year. “I think it prepares me well. I was really blessed with the opportunity to be able to step into that position and see the field.”
    • Asked about being described as a “freak athlete,” Hero Kanu interjected with his own answer: “This man is strong. Athletic. He’s got the basketball feet. It’s not like you can just do an inside move, he recovers really fast, just the overall strength that he has. And he doesn’t give up on a play … You can see the improvement every day.”
    • Montgomery said he was really excited about the hiring of Chip Kelly because of Kelly’s history of playing with tempo. “I feel like just the fast-paced offense that we’re running really fits the guys we have right now. I’m really excited for that.”
    • On what it would mean to him to be a starter this year: “That would mean a lot. You put a lot of work in to play here, and it’s been a dream just from being an Ohio kid and from an Ohio kid’s perspective. I mean, that’s the biggest wish possible.”
    • Asked to name a defensive tackle who has given him trouble in practice this spring, Luke Montgomery named Jason Moore. “I mean, they’re all freaks. I think Jason Moore has had a really good spring so far. He’s gotten a lot better since he’s gotten here. But I mean, they’re all freaks.”
     
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