Duke Football got another big boost of good news today when Ohio State transfer Offensive Lineman Jack Wohlabaugh was granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA after the organization approved a waiver request from Duke University.

A 6-4, 300-pound native of Akron, Ohio, who has three seasons of eligibility remaining, Wohlabaugh participated in spring practice with the Blue Devils and exited drills as the second string center behind redshirt senior Zach Harmon. Duke must replace two-year starting center Austin Davis, who served as a team captain and earned third team All-ACC honors as a redshirt senior in 2017. Harmon has 22 career starting assignments to his credit, all at either left or right offensive guard.

Wohlabaugh spent the 2016 and 2017 seasons with the Ohio State program and earned Academic All-Big Ten honors following the 2017 campaign. He did not see game action in his two seasons as the Buckeyes went a combined 23-4, earned a berth in the College Football Playoff in 2016 and won both the Big Ten Championship (27-21 over Wisconsin) and Goodyear Cotton Bowl (24-7 over Southern California) in 2017.

Coming out of Walsh Jesuit High School, Wohlabaugh was ranked as the #20 Offensive Guard in the country and committed to Ohio State over numerous Power Five offers.

The Blue Devils were looking at a thin Offensive Line depth this season after reserve Offensive Tackle Patrick Leitten went down indefinitely with a left knee injury during Spring Camp and reserve center Alex Gourley stepped away from football to concentrate on research opportunities with the Chemistry Department. Reserve Center Will Taylor is still trying to recover from knee injuries suffered early in his college career and may not be able to return to the field if his recovery does not progress.

In April, Duke was still in a holding pattern on Wohlabaugh's eligibility as the NCAA weighed new transfer guidelines that would allow student athletes with a minimum GPA to transfer to any school, without penalty, once in their college career.

Head coach David Cutcliffe dropped hints coming out of Spring Camp that Duke would seek to appeal the transfer year and request immediate eligibility for Wohlabaugh.

“We don’t know what his eligibility status will be,” Cutcliffe said. “We’re hoping we’ll get a chance to play him.”

With Duke preparing as if Wohlabaugh would not be available, there was a set starting lineup heading into the offseason. Zach Harmon was expected to lock down the starting center spot, moving over from Right Guard, with sophomore Rakavius Chambers (RG) and Robert Kraeling (Right Tackle) manning the right side in Spring Practice. On the left side, Redshirt Senior Christian Harris was being pushed by Redshirt Freshman Jacob Rimmer, Jaylen Miller and Liam Smith. Julian Santos, who started every game at Left Guard last year as a sophomore, is expected to be there when the season starts this Fall but Redshirt Junior Zach Baker was pushing for snaps.

Now, Wohlabaugh may cause there to be a shift at the center spot or he could slot in as a versatile reserve giving new O-Line coach Jim Bridge a solid group of veterans hoping to bolster what was one of Duke's biggest weaknesses on last year's team. At this time, Wohlabaugh is projected to be the team's reserve center behind Harmon.

Duke opens the 2018 season at home on Friday, August 31 against Army West Point. Kickoff is set for 7:00 p.m., and the game will be televised by ESPNU.