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ESPN Names OL Billy Price Ohio State's Most Indispensable Player

Who is Ohio State's hardest player to replace?

The Buckeyes are loaded with talent, but not all players are created equally. Some are more instrumental to the team's success than others. If they have to miss time, it is a major blow.

ESPN's Dan Murphy named the five most indispensable players in the Big Ten. These guys aren't the "best" player on their respective teams, but they just might be the most important.

So who is Ohio State's most critical player? Offensive lineman Billy Price.

The best news to come out of the Buckeyes’ blowout playoff loss on New Year’s Eve was Price’s postgame announcement that he would return for his senior season. It’s not very often that a team can replace a Rimington Trophy winner at center with another player who is already an All-American. Price is shifting from guard to center to take Pat Elflein's place in the middle of an Ohio State line that should be able to win most battles in the trenches. Price’s leadership and versatility on the line could be the difference between a very good unit and a championship-caliber group.

Price has a load of experience, and the team will be counting on him to provide stability along the offensive line.

Buckeye fans, did ESPN get the pick right?