C Jack Wohlbaugh, Duke
HOMETOWN (HIGH SCHOOL): Akron, OH (Walsh Jesuit)
247 RATING: .8761
POSITION RANK: 9
GAMES PLAYED/STARTED: 22/18
GAMES PLAYED/STARTED: 9/9
Jack Wohlabaugh Breakdown
The transfer rule has taken off in the college football world, and everyone seems to have an opinion on it. There are many that believe kids shouldn’t be able to transfer, while others support a players desire for a new start. Jack Wohlabaugh is one of the many players that transferred from their original school, and he’s found success in his new home at Duke. While things didn’t work out at Ohio State, he’s been the steady hand on the Blue Devils offensive line. A change that’s benefited both parties involved.
To say Wohlabuagh is the anchor of the offensive line is the perfect way to describe him. Not many defenders get the upper hand on him when they try to win with strength and power. He does a phenomenal job of keeping his center of gravity low, and that helps him endure hits from defenders and still win even if his man has a slight advantage. He’s strong in both his upper and lower body, making him a solid blocker in both the run and passing games. When he’s identified his man, his main goal is to get a hold of them and never let go. His grip is so strong that he tends to control defenders and move them out of their gap quickly and efficiently, opening up lanes for his skill players to find.
A big thing that gives him trouble are twists and other stunts. He’s shown that he can identify where they’re coming from, but many times he’s a touch late seeing them coming or even transitioning his man to another blocker to free himself up to engage another defender. He doesn’t quite have that athleticism or lateral quickness to reach those players. Same with reaching and sealing. He’s more of a linear blocker, and any lateral movement makes things interesting. If you’re trying to get to the Duke quarterback up the middle, good luck. Wohlabaugh’s a strong center who’s unlikely to give much ground. Teams need to attack him with different blitzes and twists to win, but doing that too much will give him opportunities to adjust and improve.