February 23, 2007

Often overlooked

Ohio State senior center Doug Datish was yet another successful member from that famous class of 2002 and he will likely soon be joining classmates A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter, Nick Mangold, Santonio Holmes, Nate Salley and Rob Sims in the National Football League.

Datish, the 68th best overall prospect and sixth highest rated offensive tackle coming out his senior year of high school, was quite possibly the most useful member of his class. In his final season at Warren Howland high school Doug was named the Ohio Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Following in his father's footsteps, Datish played all three positions across the line during his time as a Buckeye. His father, Mike Datish also played offensive line for the Buckeyes under Woody Hayes in the mid 1970's,

Datish became a starter on the OSU offensive line before the beginning of his sophomore season when he took over for three year letter winner Adrien Clarke. He was a utility man from the first playing in each of Ohio State's 12 games that season including one start at center.

A year later Datish really began to flourish in his role as a starter throughout the entire season. He switched places with Rob Sims and moved outside from guard to tackle. That season Datish established himself as one of the most reliable and versatile members of the offensive line as the unit paved the way for running back Antonio Pittman to account for the first 1,000-yard season for an Ohio State tailback since Maurice Clarett tallied 1,237 yards in 2002 and the highest total (1,331 yards) since Pepe Pearson had 1,484 behind former OSU great Orlando Pace in 1996.

Going into his senior season, and with the departures of All-American Nick Mangold and All-Big Ten performer Rob Sims, Datish found himself in the role of elder statesman as one of three returning starters. On top of everything else Datish made the move to center to fill the hole left by Mangold and make way for the young but talented Alex Boone at tackle.

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