COLUMBUS, Ohio – The 2011 commencement ceremonies Sunday at The Ohio State University included diplomas for 15 Ohio State Buckeye football players, 11 who were members of the 2010 Big Ten Conference and Sugar Bowl championship team. Including 15 student-athletes who had previously graduated in the past year, 26 individuals off the 2010 team have now received their degrees.
Earning bachelor’s degrees Sunday: Joe Bauserman, Evan Blankenship, Joe Cech, Cameron Heyward, Garrett Hummel, Don Matheney, Tyler Moeller, Brian Rolle, Dane Sanzenbacher, Connor Smith and Taurian Washington.
Also honored with a diploma Sunday were four former Buckeye football players: Ken Blair, Dan Potokar, Dwight Smith and Donald Washington.
One Last Ohio Stadium Moment
Dane Sanzenbacher, one of the 2010 team’s co-captains, was in Ohio Stadium one last time Sunday and before-hand reflected on ending his undergraduate academic pursuits in the place where he thrilled crowds in excess of 100,000 fans each home Saturday during his career.
“It will be bittersweet, obviously,” Sanzenbacher, a marketing major, said this week. “But to be honest: it will be a sense of relief that I’ve gotten my degree. It will be nice to reflect on the fact that I’ve completed the school part…that I’ve done what I needed to do in that regard.
“Being in Ohio Stadium one last time won’t compare to being in a game there. It will be cool, though, to have your last official university event in the place where you put in so much work.”
“Something to Fall Back On”
Tyler Moeller, who earned a bachelor’s degree in consumer affairs and a minor in business, had similar feelings as Sanzenbacher regarding getting his diploma.
“It’s a great achievement,” Moeller, who returns to the Buckeyes for his final season this fall, said. “It’s like a big weight getting lifted off my shoulders. It’s not easy balancing football and school, but now I have something to fall back on when my football playing days are through.”
Other members of the 2010 team who had previously received their degrees are Devin Barclay, Justin Boren, Bryant Browning, Chimdi Chekwa, Ricky Crawford, Aaron Gant, Ross Homan, Josh Kerr, Dexter Larimore, Chris Malone, Andrew Miller, Jake McQuaide, Brandon Saine, Scott Sika and Grant Schwartz.
2010-11 Academic Achievers
The 26 graduates off the 2010 team only tell part of the story of the academicachievements experienced by the football program this past academic year. Here are a few morenotable thoughts and efforts: