January 4, 2012

Fragel opts to move to offensive line

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - With an opportunity to beat Florida in a bowl game, the school that delivered the most humiliating loss in school history to the Buckeyes, Ohio State players were excited.

Reid Fragel was one of those players that had pregame anxiousness. His jitters had other meaning, though.

Hours before kickoff Fragel tweeted, "Stoked for this game, most likely my last at tight end as well. Going out with a bang."

Fragel's move to offensive tackle has been rumored for months, but only came to fruition after the former tight end spoke to head coach Urban Meyer during Gator Bowl preparation. Meyer was all in, so Fragel agreed to make the switch.

"I'm looking forward to it," Fragel said. I'm not upset. I talked to Urban and he's all for it, so if he's on board, I am, too."

There were several reasons for the move, including plenty of depth at tight end with Jake Stoneburner and Jeff Heuerman and a lack of depth on the offensive line. Veteran tackles Mike Adams and J.B. Shugarts[/db] both graduated, opening the door for Fragel.

Fragel caught five passes this season and 14 for his career at tight end.

"Lot of great memories over the past 7 years playing tight end with some great people," Fragel tweeted. "Looking forward to making many more at (offensive tackle).

"New number is looking like 77."

After the Gator Bowl loss to Florida, Fragel also thought the move best suited his future football career, which he hopes includes the NFL. The tight end to offensive line jump has become popular in recent years, with several players parlaying it into an NFL career.

At 6-foot-8, 280 pounds, Fragel said his ideal playing weight for next year will be between 295 and 300 pounds. Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Corey Linsley and Marcus Hall have all started games before and return next season. Brian Bobek will likely replace Mike Brewster at center.


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