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Ryan Day Announces Ohio State's Starting Right Tackle

Ohio State coach Ryan Day looking over his notes during a football game.

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01: Ohio State Buckeyes offensive coordinator Ryan Day looks at notes during the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2019 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Ohio State is only four days away from its season opener against Florida Atlantic. With the season just about ready to begin, head coach Ryan Day announced the team's starting right tackle.

This will be Day's first year as the head coach of the Buckeyes. He'll be replacing legendary coach Urban Meyer, who announced his retirement last winter.

While Day didn't have too many tough decisions to make for his starting lineup, there was a legitimate position battle taking place at right tackle. Branden Bowen had to compete against redshirt freshman Nicholas Petit-Frere for the starting job.

Bowen must have done enough to impress the coaching staff because Day has announced him as the starter.

It's a tremendous comeback story for Bowen, who suffered a broken leg back in 2017.

Day believes that Bowen will have a nice season at right tackle, saying "This is a guy who I think is going to have a great year."

It's going to be an interesting year for Ohio State, specifically since the program underwent an overhaul to its roster and coaching staff. Following his transfer from Georgia, Justin Fields will serve as the Week 1 starter at quarterback.

The Buckeyes need to keep Fields healthy if they want to compete in the Big Ten. In order to do so, they'll need great protection from Bowen and the rest of the offensive line.