Zen Michalski is heading into his 2nd fall in his Ohio State career. The young OT is starting to realize that he will be next line for start at the position per Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors.

Michalski may be not be in the starting rotation at offensive tackle this season for the Buckeyes, but knows that he will need to step it up after the likes of Dawand Jones and Paris Johnson Jr. graduate. He has talked to the coaches a lot about it.

“That is something that I’ve thought about a lot, and I’ve talked to a lot of the coaches about, and just that I gotta really step up this year and I gotta get out of the bad habits of like a freshman player,” Michalski said this week. “I’m still pretty young as a player, like this is just my second camp, so I got a lot of stuff to fix, but I have a whole season to fix it. So I’m pretty confident.”

This will be especially important since Ryan Day revealed to Michalski that the O-line depth is going to be very important this season. We’ll see how he adjusts to his future role on the O-line.

“In my spring ball meeting, Coach Day talked to me and was just like, ‘Our depth at O-line is something that is very crucial right now and that we’re kind of nervous about,’ and I feel like it did put a lot of pressure on us,” Michalski said. “And I got with Josh and the other guys that aren’t starting and we were just like, ‘Man, we got to step up and like really help,’ because like if someone goes down, it can’t be like last year where we gotta like move people around. We gotta have people like go in and fill those spots up.”

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