Originally written on Buckeye Empire  |  Last updated 11/16/14
  The 2013 Ohio State Buckeye football team returns four out of five starters along the offensive line and a Heisman caliber player at quarterback. This makes it hard for young players to break through and make a name for themselves, especially at a place like Ohio State. One such young athlete is redshirt freshman offensive lineman Pat Elflein, who is still trying to find his way in Columbus. Pat Elflein was a 3-star recruit according to Rivals.com coming out of Pickerington North High School. Elflein did not get a lot of interest from the nation’s top programs, as he only received offers from four Big Ten schools (Ohio State, Northwestern, Indiana, Purdue) while the rest of his offers were all from MAC schools and Cincinnati (So essentially, all MAC schools). Elflein committed to the Buckeyes in July of 2011, shortly before beginning his senior season at Pickerington North. His senior season was a successful one, as Elflein was named as a 2011 Associated Press first-team Division I all-state offensive lineman alongside fellow 2012 graduate and Buckeye commit Jacoby Boren. In addition to football, Elflein participated and excelled in wrestling and track and field as he earned a total of 12 varsity letters while qualifying for state and national competition as a wrestler. Elflein’s career at Ohio State thus far has been a slow and painful one. Elflein suffered a foot injury prior to the start of the 2012 season which resulted in a redshirt. During this time, a previously untested offensive line excelled in leading the Buckeyes to the second best rushing attack in the conference. This not only buried Elflein on the depth chart for 2012, it hurt his chances for 2013, as fellow classmate Jacoby Boren who plays the same position, (Center) has established himself as the backup to incoming senior Corey Linsley. Now entering his redshirt freshman campaign, Elflein must prove to his coaches and Buckeye Nation he is worthy of playing time on this senior laden offensive line. Elflein’s best chance might be at right tackle, which is the one offensive line position the Buckeye’s do not return a starter, as Reid Fragel has since moved on to the National Football League. According to Elflein’s bio on Ohio State’s athletics site, he has practiced some at the right tackle position in spring of 2013 to try and earn a spot in the rotation in what is promising to be a successful season.
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NFLPA President compares Goodell to a 2-year-old

NFL explains how Super Bowl balls will be prepped

Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao close to deal for fight

TJ Lang: Suh wanted to fight me after stepping on Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Hernandez jurors allowed to watch Super Bowl


Tiger misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Rex Ryan: Seahawks need to ‘take the air out of the football’

J.J. Watt buys cabin in the middle of nowhere to train

Six teams have done background work on Peterson

NBA set to earn $700M through streaming deal in China

Wade Phillips is the best coordinator hire this offseason

WATCH: Serena Williams loses point for yelling "come on!"

Report: Missy Elliott joining Katy Perry for halftime show

WATCH: Jimmy Butler throws down half-court alley-oop

President Obama zings Patriots over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's Player Of The Year candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots-Seahawks

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Most unexpected MLB free agent signings of past 10 years

Five most villainous Super Bowls of all time

Super Bowl ad focuses on acceptance of gay athletes

Foster says UT boosters paid him $40-50K while in college

Ranking the repeat Super Bowl champions

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Missy Elliott to join Katy Perry at SB?

Obama zings Pats over Deflate-gate

Each major conference's POY candidates

Super Bowl XLIX preview and predictions: Patriots vs. Seahawks

The 13 things we want to see in Super Bowl XLIX

49 Stops to Super Bowl XLIX

Tiger Woods, misses cut: ‘I’m only doing this so I won’t get fined’

Ranking the repeat SB champions

Roger Goodell grilled on Deflategate

Katy Perry, Russell Wilson dating?

Rex Ryan has advice for Seahawks

Super Bowl: Things you can't control

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.