Evan Lisle on the move on the Ohio State offensive line

Ohio State preseason camp is only about a week old, but already it has taken on a different look for Evan Lisle.

The junior from Centerville is attempting to transition from offensive guard to tackle after junior-college transfer Malcolm Pridgeon was sidelined long term by a knee injury.

“You’re gonna hear more about him now because we’re going to play him at some tackle with Malcom being out,” Ohio State offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said. “So there’s an opportunity. What are you gonna do about it? I think he’s gonna be fine. I think he’s gonna learn that spot and go out there and play tackle and help us.”

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Studwara said the 6-6, 308-pound Lisle is a candidate to play outside because of his size and athleticism.

The offense Lisle played in at Centerville might have given him a leg up when it comes to run blocking but there’s a greater adjustment when it comes to pass protection.

“That’s what we’re working on with him,” Studrawa said. “He’s out on the edge now where he has to learn to set on the edge. It’s a different set. It’s a different technique and now he has to learn those things. But the run blocking has a lot of correlation from what he did. Now we’ve got to work on his sets and get him better as a pass protector.”

Ohio State returns starting guards Pat Elflein and Billy Price from last season, but Elflein is moving to center.

Jamarco Jones and Isaiah Prince are considered the favorites to start at tackle while the other guard position appears to be a battle involving Michael Jordan, Demetrius Knox, Brandon Bowen and Matthew Burrell.

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