October 13, 2021

Thayer Munford a Semifinalist for the Lombardi Award


COLUMBUS, Ohio Ohio State’s Thayer Munford, a team captain and starting left guard, is one of 12 semifinalists for the Lombardi Award, which goes annually to the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman, or linebacker. Four finalists will be announced by the Rotary Club of Houston on Nov. 9 and the winner at an awards dinner on Dec. 8.

Munford is the most experienced Buckeye on the 2021 roster, having played in 51 career games with 38 starts. He moved from tackle to guard this season and hasn’t missed a beat, helping the Buckeyes to the nation’s No. 1 overall total offense (563.2 yards/game), No. 3 scoring offense (48.5 points/game) and No. 3 rushing offense in yards per attempt (6.2). The Buckeyes have given up just eight sacks in six games, the second-best total in the Big Ten.

A Cincinnati native who finished his high school career at Massillon, Munford was a first-team All-Big Ten choice in 2020 by both the coaches and media. He chose to come back for his “super senior” season in 2021 and was a preseason First Team All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. In August, he was given the honor of receiving the Block “0” jersey, which honors Bill Willis, an All-American and national champion for the Buckeyes in the 1940s who went on to break the color barrier in the National Football League.

Munford graduated in August with his degree in sport industry.