Thayer Munford


Player profile

  • Height 6-6
  • Weight 320
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Last School Massillon Washington
  • Year Senior

Ohio State Overview
Instagram: @thayer.munford

Ohio State Overview
• Enters the 2021 season as one of the most experienced offensive linemen in the Big Ten – and country – after starting 33 games over the past three years and played in 45 of 50 games over the last four seasons
• Is a preseason Walter Camp first team All-American
• Posted a 91.8 grade in 2020 by Pro Football Focus, the highest ranking among returning tackles
• Elected to return to Ohio State is 2021 in order to complete his degree in sport industry
• Is one of three returning offensive linemen on a unit that helped Ohio State finish No. 7 in the nation in yards per game in 2020 (519.4) and No. 8 in rushing yards per game (256.8 yards/game)
• With Munford helping to lead the way, J.K. Dobbins became the first running back in school history to surpass 2,000 yards in a season during the 2019 campaign
• Was part of a five-man O-line group that all played 800 or more snaps
• Started 13 games in 2018 as a sophomore before an injury cost him an appearance in the Rose Bowl
• Helped fuel an offense that broke numerous Ohio State and Big Ten records, including total yards per game (535.6/game) and passing touchdowns (51)
• His 202 plays as a freshman included one against Michigan where he delivered a key block on Dwayne Haskin’s 22-yard run to the UM 1 yard line
• One play later Ohio State scored and took the lead for good in the 31-20 victory

Honors & Awards
2020: First Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
2019: Second Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
2018: Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)

More on Thayer
• Is majoring in sport industry
• Was rated as a 4-star prospect by ESPN, 247Sports and Scout with position rankings at offensive tackle as high as No. 22 by Scout and No. 30 by 247Sports
• Is from Cincinnati, but he transferred to Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio for his senior season
• Ruled out of playing for much of the season, but was able to play final three games of the regular season and one playoff game
• Played his first three years of high school football at Cincinnati power LaSalle High School and helped the Lancers win consecutive Division II state championships, in 2014 for coach Nate Moore and in 2015 for coach Jim Hilvert
• Named third-team Associated Press all-state and first-team all-Greater Catholic League as a junior
• Also competed in track and field at LaSalle
• Transferred to Massillon after the 2015 season when Nate and Becca Moore became his legal guardians
• Is the son of Melisa Thompson