Thayer Munford


Player profile

  • Height 6-6
  • Weight 321
  • Hometown Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Last School Massillon Washington
  • Year Senior

Ohio State Overview
Instagram: @thayer.munford

Ohio State Overview
• Recipient in 2021 of the team’s Block “O” jersey for toughness, accountability and the highest of character, like the great Bill Willis
• 2021 team captain
• A first-team All-American in 2021 by the American Football Coaches Association and a four-time all-Big Ten Conference honoree, including first team accolades in 2020 and 2021
• A four-year starter along the offensive line for Ohio State with 45 career starts and 58 games played between 2017-21, including a fifth-year “super senior” campaign in 2021
• Started 12 games in 2021 after starting seven games in the Covid-wrecked year of 2020 with 13 starts in both 2018 and 2019
• On the field for at least 700 plays in 2018, 2019 and 2021
• Elected to return to Ohio State is 2021 in order to complete his degree in human development and family sciences
• Played on a Big Ten-record four consecutive Big Ten outright championship teams between 2017-20 and part of two College Football Playoff teams
• Helped Ohio State’s offense to 11 Top 5 national statistical rankings, including No. 1 nationally in 2021 in total offense and scoring offense
• 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

Honors & Awards
2021: Graduated in August with his degree in human development and family sciences; First-Team All-American (AFCA); First-Team All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
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
• 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