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OL Malcolm Pridgeon (Official Thread)

Discussion in 'Buckeye Alumni' started by MD Buckeye, Mar 18, 2015.

  1. ShowMeBuck

    ShowMeBuck You know what? Chicken butt.

    Yes. Ok. Still, he seems to have slipped down the depth chart quite a bit.
  2. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    ‘There’s No Joke, He’s a Big, Powerful Man’


    Ohio State’s 2016 recruiting class featured current starters like Nick Bosa, Michael Jordan, Austin Mack, and Binjimen Victor, as well as quarterback Dwayne Haskins. One of the higher-ranked members of the class, however, is now also in his final season as a Buckeye.

    Offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon came to Ohio State from junior college and had some people expecting him to step into a starting role immediately. That never happened, and in fact Pridgeon ended up redshirting in 2016.

    Last year as a reserve and on special teams, Malcolm Pridgeon played in 13 of the Buckeyes’ 14 games. He showed promise throughout, but was still fighting an uphill battle. This spring, with left guard Michael Jordan out, Pridgeon played with the ones for most of camp, and impressed everyone.

    “I’m telling you again, that’s what spring was about,” OSU offensive line coach Greg Studrawa said. “And Malcolm’s learning curve was a little bit slower. With Michael being out, he got thrown in there.”

    Just about anybody inside the WHAC who was asked for a name that impressed during the spring mentioned Pridgeon. Coaches are always looking for players to have their very best seasons as seniors, and he looks like he’s on his way to doing that. Getting first-team reps throughout camp sure didn’t hurt either.

    “He again had 600-some reps and that repetition, that work, what it does with Malcolm – a guy that hasn’t played – it develops some confidence and consistency,” Studrawa said.

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  3. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

  4. scarletngray

    scarletngray Gold Pants

    Really loved how he played against Oregon St. This was exactly why he was brought here.
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  5. RB07OSU

    RB07OSU #7 aka Vick the human joystick Staff Member BP Recruiting Team

    Just watched back through the game and he really did look great...huge holes opened between him and Munford on that left side...I also thought he and Munford communicated well and picked up some stunts. Really nice to see him do well out there.
  6. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.



    It's been said that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step.

    Malcolm Pridgeon's college football journey started with a leap of faith, and proceeded to turn into a dream come true.

    Pridgeon, a fifth-year senior at Ohio State, started his football journey in Central Islip, New York, where he often walked nearly four miles to practice each day because he didn't have a parent to drive him — his father passed away when he was 11 before his mother endured both a heart attack and stroke.

    Still, Pridgeon prevailed.

    After graduating high school, Pridgeon's next stop was at Nassau Community College, just a 34-minute drive from his alma mater. There, he turned into one of the nation's top junior college prospects.

    Before he knew it, the 6-foot-7, 311-pound guard had more than 30 scholarship offers on the the table. He narrowed that number down to two, between Ohio State and Baylor, and eventually became a Buckeye.

    He wasn't done facing obstacles yet.

    After arriving in Columbus as a junior, Pridgeon suffered a knee injury in camp, forcing him to use a medical redshirt.

    But still, Malcolm Pridgeon prevailed.

    "It was definitely a heart-breaker," Pridgeon said. "But the great coaches in this program just helped me bounce back, get rehab and come in and watch film. Having them in my corner has been a blessing."

    As a redshirt junior in 2017, Pridgeon played in all 14 games for Ohio State and a career-high 41 snaps in the Buckeyes' win over Illinois, but didn't start a game.

    Pridgeon finally got the opportunity he needed, though, when his roommate Michael Jordan was moved to center this summer.

    "I did look at it as an opportunity in camp," he said. "I knew that, this summer, I had to get in my playbook and really, really grind it out. That's what I did."

    And it paid off – big-time.

    Pridgeon was named the Buckeyes' starting left guard heading into the team's season opener against Oregon State.

    "Coach (Greg) Studrawa told me I was having a great camp and I found out then," Pridgeon said. "My emotions were just boiling inside of me but I just couldn't ... I just had to bull up like a man because I knew I had a lot of responsibility."

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  7. Taosman

    Taosman Your Cousin In New Mexxico

    He's having a great start to the season and has made himself a factor.
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  8. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    Despite Long Journey, Malcolm Pridgeon Never Lost Faith


    Last Saturday, there were only two Ohio State offensive linemen starting at the same spot they started last season. Despite having new starters on the left side in tackle Thayer Munford and guard Malcolm Pridgeon, and a new center in Michael Jordan, the entire offensive line graded out as Champions following last week’s game against Oregon State.

    From the start of spring football, the offensive line was a question mark. Replacing left tackle Jamarco Jones and center Billy Price was going to be an issue, but when Jordan moved from left guard to center over the summer, it created an opportunity for Pridgeon to compete for the vacated left guard spot.

    Pridgeon lived in his playbook and made sure he was in shape for the grind that being a starting offensive lineman at Ohio State promised.

    Following his performance Saturday in his first ever start, he was one of three players acknowledged in front of the entire team in the post-game locker room.

    “Saturday was an amazing feeling,” Pridgeon said on Wednesday. “It was just a feeling that I always knew was going to come, but it just took a long route. But it finally came.”

    When he arrived as a junior college transfer in 2016, there were some who thought he could step right into a starting role. Instead, he redshirted. Then last year he was held back by a knee injury.

    Healthy throughout this calendar year, however, he made the most of it. And about the second week of fall camp, offensive line coach Greg Studrawa pulled him aside and told him he was having a great camp and that he was going to be the starting left guard.

    How did Pridgeon take the news?

    “My emotions were just balling up inside of me, but I couldn’t let it show,” he said. “I had to ‘bow up like a man because I know I had a lot of responsibility on the table.”

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  9. Taosman

    Taosman Your Cousin In New Mexxico

    Good lord! Is this the biggest O line in Buckeye history?
  10. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.


    Malcolm Pridgeon has been patiently waiting for his turn anywhere on the Buckeye offensive line since his transfer from Nassau Community College.

    An injury cost him a chance to compete for a spot in 2016 and he didn't earn a starting job last season, but this is his year, and he's impressing some folks.

    Pridgeon has had some problems with penalties, drawing more than a few flags for holds and false starts, but I have a firm rule about not being too critical of people who could comfortably curl me.

    He'll iron out those penalty problems and be just fine.

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  11. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

  12. BuckWrestler141

    BuckWrestler141 Senior '18 Bowl Mania Champ

    OSU Football graduates from this weekend (4 fifth year guys)

    Football Campbell, Parris Sociology
    Football Dixon, Johnnie Sociology
    Football Jones, Dre'Mont Sociology
    Football Pridgeon, Malcolm Human Development and Family Science
    Football Taylor, Brady Family Resource Management
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  13. brodybuck21

    brodybuck21 THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY Staff Member Fantasy Baseball Champ

    Thanks for the memories Malcolm!
  14. OhioState001

    OhioState001 Tressel Loyalist

  15. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

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