DURHAM, N.C. – During Evan Lisle‘s four seasons on the Ohio State roster, the Buckeyes posted a record of 49-6, played in two of the first three College Football Playoff events and won a national championship. Outside of Alabama and Clemson, nobody in the FBS has done it any better the past few years.
For his final season of collegiate eligibility, Lisle hopes to translate and apply all that he gleaned and gained from his Ohio State experience to a new environment — as a starter on the Duke offensive line.
Lisle arrived in Durham in early January just a couple of days removed from taking off his Buckeyes jersey for the final time following the school’s 31-0 loss to Clemson in the CFP semifinals on New Year’s Eve at the Fiesta Bowl. By the time Clemson had claimed the national title nine days later, Lisle was already getting to know his new Blue Devil teammates. And by the time spring break arrived, he seemed entrenched as Duke’s No. 1 right tackle for the 2017 season.
Unlike traditional transfers, Lisle can play right away for coach David Cutcliffe without having to sit out the usual prerequisite year-in-residence.

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