Originally written July 05, 2013 on Buckeye Empire:
Offensive linemen that are buried on the depth chart often see most of their playing time in either “garbage time,” or on special teams, guarding the kickers and punters. This is certainly the case for Eric Kramer, the third year player out of St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati. Kramer enrolled at Ohio State in 2010, but did not join the football team that year, instead waiting until 2011. In 2011, he redshirted and did not play in any games save for the game against in state opponent Akron, where his would-be Head Coach, Jim Tressel, has taken up an administration position. The 6’4”, 295 economics major then saw the field in all 12 games in 2012 on special teams and earned his first Varsity O letter. Given the lack of depth on the offensive line going into 2013, there is a chance that Kramer will see some trench action (he is currently projected as the backup left guard behind Senior Andrew Norwell and ahead of incoming Freshman Timothy Gardner), but look for him to contribute the most where he excelled last season, on the special teams line, protecting the likes of Drew Basil and Cameron Johnston. That impact should not be diminished in any way. Special teams are crucial to the outcome of a game and none more so than protecting the kicker and preventing a blocked kick such as the one that happened in 2012 against Penn State. Blocked kicks are almost always a product of a breakdown in blocking scheme by the line, and Ohio State had three in 2012, the most in a season since 2000. Only in 1950 did the Buckeyes have more punts blocked in a season, something that Head Coach Urban Meyer and Special Teams Coordinator Kerry Coombs will have to work on, especially with a brand spanking new punter from down under. Kramer, assuming that he pulls down the same role as in 2012, will have a lot to do with that protection scheme. Also, he’s got a beard that, if done correctly, might just rival another Ohio State lineman’s chin fury. Anytime you can emulate Nick Mangold, you just might be doing something right.

Astros new manager A.J. Hinch: ‘Goal is to win championships’

Oakland Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Kobe Bryant, Deron Williams engage in war of words

Georgia RB Todd Gurley falsely accused of punching student

Russell Westbrook: "I'm the best point guard" in NBA


Texas WR takes shot at Baylor ahead of big game

Jim Harbaugh: Deion Sanders' report is 'a bunch of crap'

Bills bench E.J. Manuel, Kyle Orton to start

Report: Jovan Belcher likely had CTE

Carmelo: Leaving NY would be hard after I 'forced my way here'

Twins fire Ron Gardenhire

Strahan to make cameo as stripper in 'Magic Mike' sequel

Chiefs player penalized for praying after touchdown

Bill Belichick laughs off QB question...literally

Patriots fan fails with American flag face paint

Joe Fauria's new puppy is responsible for his ankle injury

LaRon Landry suspended four games for PED violation

NBA GMs on the hot seat

Rockets GM Daryl Morey fires back at Mark Cuban

The most and least improved hitters of 2014

WATCH: Tom Wilhelmsen dances to 'Turn Down for What'

Michigan student newspaper calls for Brady Hoke's firing

14 amazing stats from Week 4 in the NFL

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Raiders fire Dennis Allen after 0-4 start

Chiefs player penalized for praying after TD

Did Roger Goodell’s bodyguard assault a photographer?

Kobe, Deron engage in war of words

Belichick laughs off QB question

Joe Fauria's puppy caused ankle injury

Texas WR takes shot at Baylor

Jim Harbaugh rips Deion Sanders' report

NBA GMs on the hot seat

Bills bench Manuel for Kyle Orton

The most and least improved hitters

Report: Jovan Belcher likely had CTE

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.