Christopher Smith

Former Bama Lineman Headed To Ohio State

Apr. 22, 2014 8:11 PM EST

Center Chad Lindsay is pulling the rare (first?) double, playing for both Nick Saban and Urban Meyer.

The former Alabama offensive lineman will transfer to Ohio State for his last season of eligibility this fall, where he'll work on his master's degree and try to help stabilize a unit that is replacing four starters, CBS reported on Tuesday.

"It's done. Go Buckeyes!" Lindsay told CBS in a text.

Lindsay played as a reserve on national championship teams in 2011 and 2012 and started four games last year for an injured Ryan Kelly. The Tide offense performed well with Lindsay, and many expected him to start for Alabama this year.

"The buzz around Tuscaloosa is Alabama did not want to lose Lindsay and had considered starting him at center while moving Ryan Kelly to left tackle," CBS wrote.

Lindsay chose the Buckeyes over Michigan, Louisville, Cal and Oklahoma.

OSU's offensive line remained an area of concern through spring practice (Meyer said the group "had a lot of work to do"), and Lindsay will be a welcome addition in the middle of a young, inexperienced unit.