COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thayer Munford’s second senior season has already been a memorable one — graduating with his undergraduate degree in August, moving to left guard for the benefit of the team and receiving the Block O jersey for his leadership.© David Petkiewicz/cleveland.com OSU OT Thayer Munford (75) during the Ohio State University Spring Game in Columbus on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
He added another prestigious honor Wednesday when he was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award. It is given annually to the player “who best embodies the values and spirit” of NFL coaching legend Vince Lombardi.
Until 2016, the award was presented to the nation’s top offensive lineman, defensive lineman or linebacker. Since then, players of any position have been eligible.
Munford was a three-year starter at left tackle who moved inside during preseason camp when the Buckeyes reconfigured the offensive line. He has helped OSU rank No. 1 nationally in total offense (563.2 yards per game), No. 3 in scoring offense (48.5 points per game) and No. 3 in rushing yards per attempt (6.2). The line has also allowed only eight sacks in six games — second-fewest in the Big Ten.
Ohio State guard Jim Stillwagon won the inaugural Lombard Award in 1970. Other Buckeyes to win include offensive tackle John Hicks (1973), linebacker Chris Spielman (1987), offensive tackle Orlando Pace (1995-96) and linebacker A.J. Hawk (2005).
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