Senior talks about making move to right tackle and competition on the offensive line …

Profile: Jim Cordle is a three-year starter along the offensive line … has quickness and speed … plays with power … tough and competitive … can contribute effectively at any line position … worked at right tackle during the spring.

Last season: starter along the offensive line … 26 career starts … began the season at center … moved over to guard with the injury to Rehring and was the starter there since Troy (last 10 games) … Jim Parker award: Troy … third-year letterman.

What you may not know about Jim:

  • When I was younger, I dreamed of being a: astronaut
  • If I were part of a circus, I would be a: tight-rope walker
  • Interesting American from history: Woody Hayes
  • A hobby of mine is: fishing
  • Coolest part of game day at Ohio Stadium: Carmen Ohio after a win
  • Best thing I cook: scrambled eggs
  • Class you surprisingly liked: theatre
  • Memorable advice/saying from a parent: don’t settle for average

A little more about Jim:

In June, Cordle’s vision became reality as many of his Ohio State teammates, Central Ohio Special Olympians, sponsors and of course fans packed Tiki Lanes in Lancaster, Ohio, for his fundraiser event “Bowling with Buckeyes.”
Cordle, who in July received the Lancaster Eagle-Gazette Orchid Award for community service, put together the event that raised more than $18,000 for Fairfield (County) MRDDs Special Olympics program.

Why did you get interested in putting together an event like this?
“Big Brothers/Big Sisters asked me to do a guest appearance at a similar bowling event/fundraiser. It was great and fun and I thought I could do one myself. I got working on it right away. I went out and got sponsors. It picked up and got rolling and the players got excited to go down and everything went off without a hitch. “

The event not only benefitted the Central Ohio community, but did it also serve your career aspirations as well?
“As a marketing major, it was a great resume builder. I went around and sold sponsorships to local businesses. No one said no, even with the economy right now. I could not believe how well it went.”

What about your teammates? They seemed to really turn out and support the cause.
“We ended up getting a huge response. We got a bus to take players down. They were great. It really shows how much of a team we are. When I asked, the guys said, ‘Of course, we’ve got your back.'”

On the whole, how did the event go?
“It was an unbelievable success. We raised over $18,000. I did not expect the night to go that well. The guys interacted so well with the public, the Olympians. I could not have asked for anything else.”