GLENDALE, Ariz. — Ohio State got one piece of good news on an otherwise terrible day.
Redshirt junior RG Billy Price, an All-American in 2016, announced after the Fiesta Bowl that he’ll return for his senior season. Like Pat Elflein did in 2015, Price will shift from guard to center to anchor the unit next season.
“I’m coming back,” he said. “I’m going to play center and lead the team. Myself and (tackle) Jamarco (Jones), we’re going to do some work next year.”
Price said the decision was essentially made a while ago. However, he kept his decision private so he could let the process take its course. He wanted to focus on the team without his decision either way serving as a distraction.
Of course, his season ended with a bitter result Saturday night. The Buckeyes lost to Clemson, 31-0, in the College Football Playoff semifinals. The offensive line struggled against the Tigers’ defensive line. Clemson finished with 11 tackles for loss. Quarterback J.T. Barrett spent much of the game scrambling to evade the pass rush.
Despite the loss to Clemson, the return of Price signals some good news for the Buckeyes heading into 2017, holding on to an integral piece of the offensive line.