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Football: Ohio State guard Malcolm Pridgeon signs with Houston Texans as undrafted free agent

Ohio State senior offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon (66) prepares to begin play in the first half of the game against Rutgers on Sept. 8. Ohio State won 52-3. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo Editor

Former Ohio State offensive lineman Malcolm Pridgeon signed with the Houston Texans  as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft Saturday evening.

Pridgeon played in all 28 Ohio State games over the past two seasons, starting every game at guard in 2018 and leading all players with 1,170 snaps from scrimmage.

Despite an offense that set an Ohio State record with 561 passing attempts this past year, Pridgeon and the Buckeye offensive line allowed the third- fewest sacks in the Big Ten.

Following two seasons at playing tackle at Nassau Community College after high school, Pridgeon became just the second junior college transfer to sign with Ohio State under former head coach Urban Meyer.

A knee injury forced Pridgeon to redshirt his first year at Ohio State, and he mostly played special teams the following season, but he won the starting left guard spot before the start of the 2018 season.

Despite not being invited to the NFL combine, Pridgeon’s 6-foot-7, 310-pound frame and experience at multiple positions will give him a chance to earn a spot on an NFL team.

Pridgeon is one of four offensive lineman to sign with NFL teams, including guard-turned-center Michael Jordan and tackle Isaiah Prince, who were both drafted.

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