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** No Marie needed … The Ohio State game notes for the Notre Dame point out that offensive linemen Luke Wypler, Paris Johnson and Dawand Jones have all logged 13 starts for the Buckeyes. Matthew Jones, who is moving in at right guard, has had five career starts coming into this season. But there is a zero next to the name of sophomore Donovan Jackson, who will make his first career start at left guard.

Now Jackson was a five star prospect in the 2021 class and he did see time as a blocking back – remember the big guy running around in No. 41? — and as a backup at guard as a freshman. The veteran Johnson says Jackson is ready to take that next step to being an every down player.

“I think honestly you were able to play six people last year on offensive line, he would have played,” Johnson said. “He’s that talented. So I think with me … me and Donnie are like this (holding two fingers up). We talk on and off the field. I want to help him this season because he has all the God-given ability.

“I want to help him this season the same way Thayer Munford and Nick Petit-Frere helped me last year when I started, which was just talking to me about stuff. It wasn’t even always just on the field. It was where to stay at like mentally as a young guy who was good enough to start. He’s going to be outstanding. He’s super talented.

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“Donnie is a guy where he doesn’t really make a lot of mistakes. So when he does, you’re like, ‘Donnie, are you OK?’ I noticed that sometimes and I say, ‘OK, are you overthinking this play? What’s the problem?’ We talk about it, he’s done with it and we move on.”

Jackson will be among a handful of first-time starters beginning their journey on Saturday night. Another one of those rite-of-passage moments for a college football player. Let that journey begin!

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