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April 11, 2000

1 FS GARY BERRY
6-0, 195, Sr., Worthington, Ohio (DeSales H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Gary Berry concluded his Ohio State career as a three-year starter at free safety (34 starts) who played in 47 games and helped the Buckeyes to a record of 38-11, to two No. 2 national finishes and Big Ten co-championships, and to wins in the 1997 Rose Bowl and 1999 Sugar Bowl. He was invited to and played in the East-West Shrine Bowl and the Hula Bowl following his senior season. Berry had 201 career tackles (154 solo and 47 assisted), including 86 tackles as a senior that was third-most on the team. His senior season highlights included a string of three-consecutive games with 10-or-more tackles that, coupled with 12 in the final game of 1998 (the Sugar Bowl win over Texas A&M), gave him the longest stretch of double-figure tackling games by a Buckeye since 1992. This run included a career-high 14 tackles in the Kickoff Classic vs. Miami. He later had 13 tackles against Michigan State and he had nine solo tackles and two pass break-ups against Penn State. He also scored the only touchdown against Penn State after recovering a fumble in the end zone. Berry’s season stats included three pass break-ups, one interception and an interception. His career statistics included an Ohio State record 166 interception return yards in1997. He had five interceptions that season and seven for his career. He scored three touchdowns, with two coming in the 1997 win at Michigan State. One was on a 45-yard interception return and the other was on a one-yard blocked-punt return. After playing in 12 games as a true freshman, he was thrust into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 1997 and proceeded to lead the team in interceptions with five. He had a career-best seven pass break-ups that season in addition to 48 tackles. As a junior in 1998 he ranked fifth on the nation’s No. 2-ranked defensive unit with 55 tackles.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in business.
A sister, Elise, played soccer at Purdue.
Born Oct. 24, 1977 and is the son of Lynn and Gary Berry.

Gary Berry’s 1999 Statistics Opponent Solo Asts. Tot PBU Int. Miami 8 6 14 0 0 UCLA 9 1 10 0 0 Ohio 7 3 10 1 0 Cincinnati 6 2 8 0 1 Wisconsin DNP (neck strain) Purdue 5 1 6 1 0 Penn State 9 0 9 0 0 Minnesota 4 0 4 0 0 Iowa 5 1 6 0 0 Michigan State 7 6 13 1 0 Illinois DNP (knee) Michigan 5 1 6 0 0

Gary Berry’s Career Statistics Year G/GS Solo Asts. Tot PBU Int. Yards 1996 12/0 7 5 12 1 1 19 1997 13/12 38 10 48 7 5 166* 1998 12/12 44 11 55 2 0 0 1999 10/10 65 21 86 3 1 12 Totals 47/34 154 47 201 13 7 197 *Indicates OSU single season record

52 DE JAMES COTTON
6-4, 245, Cleveland, Ohio (CC of San Francisco)

Ohio State Career
James Cotton spent two seasons with the Buckeyes after transferring from San Francisco Community College where he was a JUCO All-American. He was invited to and played in the Blue-Gray All-Star game and the All-Star Gridiron Classic following his senior season. An imposing, physical athlete, Cotton also had tremendous speed and he used it as a defensive end as a Buckeye after playing as a linebacker in junior college. He showed off that speed every game, and especially on national ABC television when he chased down Penn State’s second-fastest player – tailback Eric McCoo – for a touchdown-saving tackle, a play that ranks as his most impressive of the year. Cotton played in all 12 games as a junior, recording 16 tackles, and again played in all 12 as a senior. He steadily improved as a senior and ended up starting the final seven games of the season. He led all defensive linemen with 56 tackles and he ranked second on the team with 11 tackles-for-loss, totalling 43 yards. Five of those TFLs were sacks and he ranked second on the team in that category. He finished his career with 72 tackles, 14 tackles-for-loss and five sacks.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in education.
The only junior college transfer on the team in 1999.
Prepped at Collinwood High School in Cleveland.
Born Nov. 7, 1976, he is the son of Catherine Cotton and James Graham.

James Cotton’s 1999 Statistics Opponent Solo Asts. Tot TFLs Yds Sacks Miami 1 2 3 1 7 1 UCLA 1 1 2 0 0 0 Ohio 2 1 3 1 1 0 Cincinnati 4 3 7 2 4 0 Wisconsin 4 1 5 0 0 0 Purdue 5 1 6 0 0 0 Penn State 7 1 8 2 6 0 Minnesota 6 1 7 2 7 1 Iowa 1 0 1 0 0 0 Michigan State 5 1 4 1 9 1 Illinois 2 1 3 0 0 0 Michigan 4 1 5 2 9 2

James Cotton’s Career Statistics Year G/GS Solo Asts. Tot TFLs Yds Sacks 1998 12/0 11 5 16 3 11 0 1999 12/7 43 13 56 11 44 5 Career 24/7 54 18 72 14 55 5

32 NA’IL DIGGS
6-4, 235, OLB, Los Angeles (Dorsey H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Nai’l Diggs emerged as one of the top outside linebackers in the Big Ten Conference and nationally in his three seasons – 1997-99 – at Ohio State. A 37-game veteran who started 26-consecutive games dating to the Michigan game of his red-shirt freshman season in 1997, Diggs was named a first-team All-American in 1999 by the Football News after garnering Playboy preseason All-American honors heading into the season. He was also named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and the Football News Defensive Player of the Year Award and he was named second-team all-Big Ten Conference. He announced Jan. 4 that he would forego his senior season and enter the National Football League Draft, thus becoming the 13th Buckeye in the 1990s to leave school early for the pros. His statistical total were impressive as he finished his career with 202 total tackles, 39 tackles-for-loss (tie for seventh all-time at Ohio State), 18 quarterback sacks (tie for fifth at OSU), 165 tackles-for-loss yards (seventh at OSU) and 118 quarterback sack yards (fifth at OSU). His totals also include five pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, including one he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in 1998 vs. Illinois, and an interception. Diggs led the Buckeyes in tackles as a junior with 94 (64 solo). He also led the team with 15 tackles-for-loss, totalling 53 yards, six quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles. He had a career-high 14 tackles vs. Wisconsin with additional high games of 11 tackles vs. Iowa, 10 vs. Miami in the Kickoff Classic – including four tackles-for-loss – and 10 vs. Cincinnati. He was outstanding on the field vs. Penn State, notching six tackles and two tackles-for-loss, including an end zone, fumble-forcing quarterback sack that led to an Ohio State touchdown. Diggs exploded onto the national scene as a sophomore in 1998, being named first-team all-Big Ten Conference in his first full season as a collegiate linebacker (he played as a rush defensive end his first two years at Ohio State). A key performer on the nation’s No. 1 defense against the run and No. 2 total defensive unit, Diggs was second on the team with 80 tackles and he led the squad with 16 tackles-for-losses totalling 73 yards. His six sacks ranked second among Buckeyes. As a red-shirt freshman in 1997, Diggs played in all 13 games at defensive end and started the final two: against Michigan and in the Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State. He led the team in sacks with six, including three vs. Minnesota (the second-highest game sack total in OSU history).

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in aviation.
Raised by his sister, Roslyn, from age 13 on after his mother, Anna Faye, passed away.
Originally committed to USC, but changed his mind and searched out Ohio State on advise of his sister, who knew Coach John Cooper from his days at Arizona State.
Born July 8, 1978.

Na’il Diggs’ 1999 Statistics Opponent Solo Asts. Tot TFLs Yds Sacks Miami 7 3 10 4 14 1 UCLA 4 3 7 1 7 1 Ohio 6 0 6 1 1 0 Cincinnati 8 2 10 3 4 0 Wisconsin 8 6 14 0 0 1 Purdue 5 1 6 0 0 0 Penn State 3 3 6 2 8 1 Minnesota 2 1 3 0 0 0 Iowa 5 6 11 1 1 0 Michigan State 4 1 5 2 9 1 Illinois 7 2 9 0 0 0 Michigan 4 3 7 1 9 1 1999 Totals 64 30 94 15 53 6

Na’il Diggs’ 1998 Statistics Opponent Solo Asts. Tot TFLs Yds Sacks West Virginia 3 2 5 1 1 0 Toledo 1 0 1 0 0 0 Missouri 7 3 10 1 3 0 Penn State 2 5 7 1 8 0 Illinois 4 0 4 1 2 0 Minnesota 8 0 8 3 14 3 Northwestern 9 2 11 2 15 1 Indiana 3 1 4 0 0 0 Michigan State 6 2 8 2 10 0 Iowa 5 4 9 2 17 2 Michigan 6 1 7 0 0 0 Texas A&M 2 4 6 2 3 0 1998 Totals 59 21 80 16 73 6

Na’il Diggs’ 1997 Statistics Opponent Solo Asts. Tot TFLs Yds Sacks Wyoming 0 0 0 0 0 0 Bowling Green 0 0 0 0 0 0 Arizona 1 4 5 0 0 0 Missouri 1 0 1 0 0 0 Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 Penn State 1 0 1 1 2 0 Indiana 1 1 2 1 9 1 Northwestern 1 0 1 0 0 0 Michigan State 3 0 3 1 8 1 Minnesota 5 0 5 3 12 3 Illinois 4 1 5 1 7 1 Michigan 0 1 1 0 0 0 Florida State 4 0 0 1 1 0 1997 Totals 21 7 28 8 39 6

Na’il Diggs’ Career Statistics Year G/GS Solo Asts. Tot TFLs Yds Sacks 1996 Red-shirt 1997 13/2 21 7 28 8 39 6 1998 12/12 59 21 80 16 73 6 1999 12/12 64 30 94 15 53 6 Career 37/26 144 58 202 37 165 18

96 TE TONY EISENHARD
6-7, 265, Tiffin, Ohio (Tiffin H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Tony Eisenhard spent a total of five seasons with the Buckeyes with four of them as a defensive end and one – his senior season – devoted to tight end responsibilities. He lettered three years and played in a total of 38 games with four starting assignments at defensive end in 1997. He totalled 21 tackles for his career, but did not record any receptions. He played in all 12 games as a senior in 1999 on special teams. He saw action in 26 games between 1996-98 at defensive end. He had 18 tackles in 1997 with his starts coming against Penn State, Indiana, Northwestern and Michigan State. A very good athlete who possessed a 36-inch vertical leap, Eisenhard played basketball for Ohio State during the 1997 Big Ten season. He played in seven of eight Big Ten games.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in sociology.
A grandfather, Bill Krause, played professional football with the Cleveland Rams.
Born Oct. 28, 1976 to Lois and Jim Eisenhard.

78 DREW ELFORD
6-4, 300, Garfield, N.J. (St. Mary’s H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Drew Elford spent a total of five seasons with the Buckeyes. A hip-hop kind of guy who wasn’t afraid to walk to his own beat, Elford spent the majority of his time at Ohio State playing center, but he also worked as an offensive guard as well. He was versatile enough that he could even play some at tackle. A three-year letterman, he played in 38 games, totalled 150 minutes of playing time and was part of Ohio State teams that went 38-11, tied for two Big Ten championships, finished No. 2 in the nation twice and won the 1997 Rose Bowl and 1999 Sugar Bowl. Elford was the back-up at center as a junior and senior and played in 11 and nine games, respectively, during those two seasons. His most extensive action came as a sophomore in 1997 as he played in 11 games for a total of 45 minutes. He had 46 minutes of playing time at right guard as a freshman in 1996.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in sociology.
Parents are Andrea and Edward Elford.
Born April 2, 1977.

64 OG BEN GILBERT
6-5, 305, Sr., Lancaster, Ohio (Lancaster H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Ben Gilbert was considered one of the better offensive linemen in the Big Ten Conference over the course of his career, earning second-team all-conference honors both as a junior and as a senior. A three-year starter at right guard, Gilbert’s highlights included starting in both the 1997 and 1998 Sugar Bowls, respectively, and helping the Buckeyes to a record of 38-11, to two No. 2 national finishes and a share of two Big Ten championships. Voted by the OSU coaches as the team’s offensive lineman of the year in 1998, Gilbert was named OSU’s lineman of the game a team-best five times in 1998. That year the Buckeyes’ offense set school records for total offensive yards per game (497.6), passing yards per game (298.0) and 500-yard games (eight). In 1999, he was honored three times as lineman of the game. A tough competitor who never looked for attention but let his play on the field speak for itself, Gilbert played in eight games as a true freshman in 1996 and then settled into the starting right guard position from the start of the 1997 season on. He ended up playing in 47 games over his career with 37-consecutive starting assignments. He was invited to play in three all-star games following his senior season and played in two: the Hula Bowl and the East-West Shrine Bowl.

Notes and Good Stuff
A business major, Gilbert will have been married to his high school sweetheart – Holli Harmon – for nearly three years by the time he receives his diploma.
The son of Kathy and Ben Gilbert.
Born June 6, 1978.

93 DT RANDY HOMA
6-2, 285, Pottsville, Pa. (Pottsville H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Randy Homa spent a total of five seasons with the Buckeyes, including a red-shirt season in 1995, and lettered twice as a defensive tackle. One of the strongest players on the team, he helped the Buckeyes to a record of 38-11, to two No. 2 national finishes and a share of two Big Ten championships. The final two years of his career were shadowed by back problems and he ended up missing his entire senior season because of those back problems. He played in a total of 21 games between 1996-99 and recorded 13 tackles. His most extended action came as a junior in 1998 when he played in 10 games for a total of 54 minutes. He was credited with eight tackles that year, including three tackles-for-loss (two in the Toledo game). He played in eight games as a sophomore.

Notes and Good Stuff
One of the most well-read players on the team, this history major with a keen sense for midieval history and literature counted “The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich” and “Shakespeare, the Complete Works” among the books he read as a senior.
His younger brother, Eric, played football for the Naval Academy.
Born Dec. 24, 1975 to Geraldine and James Homa.

87 TE KEVIN HOUSER
6-3, 250, Westlake, Ohio (Westlake H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Kevin Houser, a four-year Buckeye letterman, played extensively at tight end as a junior and senior and for four years he was a key member of the special teams. Most notably, he served as the long snapper for all punts, extra points and field goals over his four seasons and never had a snap go awry in no less than 450 attempts. He was outstanding. He played in 47 games during his career and made five starts at tight end as a senior. He was used primarily as a blocking tight end, but he had excellent pass catching skills. He had six receptions for 55 yards and two touchdowns – vs. Iowa and Michigan – as a senior and finished his career with seven receptions for 65 yards. He was called the team’s “most consistent tight end” over his last two seasons by OSU tight ends’ coach Bill Conley. On special teams, Houser was credited with 16 tackles. An excellent student as well, Houser was awarded a $5,000 post-graduate scholarship by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics during his senior season.

Notes and Good Stuff
A finance major, he was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference football team four times and he was a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.
The third member of his nuclear family, after his father Tom (1969-72) and brother Bob (1993-96) to letter for the Buckeyes in football.
Born Aug. 23, 1977 to Char and Tom Houser.

23 FB MATT KELLER
6-0, 238, Mason, Ohio (Cincinnati Moeller)

Ohio State Career
Matt Keller was a special player for the Buckeyes. An award winning high school tailback, he willingly made the switch to fullback and, although undersized for an I-formation fullback, performed his job like some of the best fullbacks in Ohio State history. He blocked with power like the biggest, strongest OSU fullbacks. He ran with the best of them. And he caught passes better than any of them as he leaves OSU with a school fullbacks’ record 60 receptions (for 704 yards and four touchdowns). Highly respected by his teammates, Keller was named a team co-captain his senior season by a vote of his teammates. He only played in seven games as a senior – starting six of them – due to a badly sprained ankle suffered in the second game of the season. He still made his mark, though, catching eight passes on the year for 130 yards and one touchdown (vs. Michigan) and rushing for 61 yards off 16 carries. For his career, he had 582 rushing yards, a 4.3 yards per carry average and two touchdowns. He produced a long reception of 69 yards (for a touchdown vs. Purdue in 1996) and a long rush of 22 yards (for a touchdown vs. Pitt in 1996). He played in 44 games and started three-consecutive years for a total of 28 starts. Statistically, his best season was in 1997 when he rushed for 257 yards and caught 19 passes. That year he also accomplished a first for a Buckeye fullback since the 1991 season: leading the team in rushing in consecutive games. Keller played in the Senior Bowl following his senior season.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in communications
An avid fisherman and hunter whose favorite quote was “get busy living or get busy dying.”
Born Dec. 2, 1976 to Mary and David Keller.

Matt Keller’s 1999 Rushing Statistics Opponent Att. Yds. TDs Lng Miami 2 15 0 8 UCLA 0 0 0 0 Ohio DNP (ankle sprain) Cincinnati DNP (ankle sprain) Wisconsin 1 6 0 6 Purdue DNP (ankle sprain) Penn State DNP (ankle sprain) Minnesota DNP (ankle sprain) Iowa 1 0 0 0 Michigan State 2 4 0 2 Illinois 2 12 0 9 Michigan 8 24 0 11 1999 Totals 16 61 0 11

Matt Keller’s 1999 Receiving Statistics Opponent Rec. Yds. TDs Lng Miami 2 15 0 10 UCLA 2 53 0 29 Ohio DNP (ankle sprain) Cincinnati DNP (ankle sprain) Wisconsin 0 0 0 0 Purdue DNP (ankle sprain) Penn State DNP (ankle sprain) Minnesota DNP (ankle sprain) Iowa 0 0 0 0 Michigan State 1 5 0 5 Illinois 3 57 1 38 Michigan 0 0 0 0 1999 Totals 8 130 1 38

Matt Keller’s Career Rushing Statistics Year G/GS Att. Yds. Avg. TD Lng. 1995 Red-shirt 1996 12/0 25 121 4.8 1 22 1997 13/12 59 257 4.4 0 16 1998 12/10 36 143 4.0 1 12 1999 7/6 16 61 3.8 0 11 Totals 44/28 136 582 4.3 2 22

Matt Keller’s Career Receiving Statistics Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lng 1995 Red-shirt 1996 12/0 17 235 14.7 2 63 1997 13/12 19 139 7.3 0 22 1998 12/10 16 200 12.5 1 49 1999 7/6 8 130 16.3 1 38 Totals 44/28 60 704 11.7 4 63

17 SS PERCY KING
6-4, 218, COLUMBUS (Marion-Franklin H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Athletic and strapping, Percy King lettered three years for the Buckeyes as a strong safety on defense. He played in a total of 39 games and was part of Buckeye teams that went 38-11, tied for two Big Ten championships, finished No. 2 in the nation twice and won the 1997 Rose Bowl and 1999 Sugar Bowl. King, who started twice in his career – at free safety during the 1999 season – completed his career with 64 career tackles (48 of those solo), two interceptions and three blocked kicks. He had a blocked punt that was recovered for a touchdown in the 1998 win over Penn State. In 1997 he blocked a field goal attempt against Iowa and a point after try against Michigan. His best year statistically came as a senior when he had 30 solo tackles and 35 total tackles. Included was career-high efforts of 11 tackles against both Wisconsin and Illinois. He came off the bench for his record total against Wisconsin. His 11 stops against the Illini included a career-high total of 10 solo stops. He recorded interceptions in 1997 against Missouri and 1998 against Toledo.

Notes and Good Stuff
King was a wizard on the chess board and he was the self-proclaimed “chess king” among a group of five chess-playing defensive backs during his final year at Ohio State. Was a three-time H.S. football captain. Born Jan. 31, 1977 to Deborah and Percy L. King.

Percy King’s Career Statistics Year G/GS Solo Ast. Tot Int. Blk. 1995 Red-shirt 1996 3/0 2 0 2 0 0 1997 12/0 8 6 14 1 2 1998 12/0 9 5 14 1 1 1999 12/2 30 5 35 0 0 Totals 39/2 48 16 64 2 3

47 DE MATT LaVRAR
6-3, 270, Maumee, Ohio (Maumee H.S.,)

Ohio State Career
Matt LaVrar was truly one who got the most out of his five seasons at Ohio State. He earned four varsity letters by playing in all 49 games between 1996-99 with 11 starting assignments – all coming in 1997 at defensive end. He also was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference team all four seasons and he was one of the few Ohio State athletes – ever – to be named an OSU Scholar-Athlete five times. He may have been a part of Ohio State teams that went 38-11, tied for two Big Ten championships, finished No. 2 in the nation twice and won the 1997 Rose Bowl and 1999 Sugar Bowl, but his shining moment as a collegian came June 12, 1999 when he married his high school sweetheart, Jessica Fox. LaVrar’s career statistics include 62 tackles, with a high of 25 during the 1997 season, and five quarterback sacks. He had a high game of eight tackles in the 1997 win over Arizona. He was a linebacker his first two seasons with the Buckeyes, including his true freshman season in 1995 and the following season when he was the back-up at boundry linebacker, before switching to defensive end in the spring of 1997.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in business.
Born Oct. 4, 1976 to Kathleen and Keith LaVrar.

Matt LaVrar’s Career Statistics Year G/GS Solo Asts. Tot. TFL Yds. Sacks 1995 Red-shirt 1996 12/0 13 3 16 1 4 1 1997 13/11 20 5 25 1 5 1 1998 12/0 8 5 13 3 11 3 1999 12/0 6 2 8 1 1 0 Totals 49/11 47 15 62 6 21 5

63 OC KURT MURPHY
6-4, 290, Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State Career
Kurt Murphy was a leader on the field and in the classroom for four years as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes. A three-year starter, he played in 44 games over his career and started 32, including 31-consecutive starts at the center position. He always played with great effort and determination. The leader of the offensive line and the man responsible for making all the line calls and adjustments during games, Murphy was “the stabelizer of the line,” according to his position coach at Ohio State. He helped the Buckeyes to a four-year record of 38-11, to two No. 2 national finishes and to wins in the 1997 Rose Bowl and 1999 Sugar Bowl. In 1998 he was a cornerstone for a Buckeyes’ offense that set school records for total offensive yards per game (497.6), passing yards per game (298.0) and 500-yard games (eight). He was invited to play in the Blue-Gray All-Star game following his senior season. At that game he was awarded with the Blue-Gray Academic Achievement Award.

Notes and Good Stuff
A marketing major who was a three-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, a three time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a GTE/CoSIDA District IV Academic All-American.
The son of James and Rita Murphy, both of whom are OSU graduates.
Born April 27, 1978.

19 CB AHMED PLUMMER
6-0, 193, Wyoming, Ohio (Wyoming H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Ohio State senior co-captain Ahmed Plummer is as good an example of the term great student-athlete as one will ever find. The 1999 Preseason All-American capped a senior season by being named first-team All-Big Ten Conference and then playing in the East-West Shrine Bowl all-star game. He was named a third-team All-American by the Football News and he was a semifinalist for the prestigious Thorpe Award. Plummer finished the year leading all Buckeyes with five interceptions and nine pass break-ups, and he totaled 55 tackles. A three-year starter, Plummer’s highlights included starting in both the 1997 and 1998 Sugar Bowls, respectively, and helping the Buckeyes to a record of 38-11, to two No. 2 national finishes and a share of two Big Ten championships. He completes his career with the sixth-highest interception total in school history – 14 – and he had 34 pass break-ups and 168 career tackles. He played in 47 games and started 32. He led or tied for the team lead in interceptions for three straight years (1997-99). As a junior in 1998 he was named honorable mention all-Big Ten after a 52-tackle season and the fourth-highest pass break-up total in the Big (17). Included in his tackle figures was a career-high 10 tackles vs. Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. In 1997 and in his first year as a starter, Plummer recorded an interception in each of the first three games. He later returned an interception 83 yards vs. Illinois for a touchdown – the fifth-longest return in OSU history – and he grabbed his fifth interception of the year in the Sugar Bowl against Florida State. Plummer, who married his college sweetheart – Tiffany Cherry – prior to his senior season, was much more than just a football player. He was a recipient of a 1999 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholarship, which is awarded yearly on the basis of grade point average, academic performance, outstanding football ability as a first team player, and a strong sense of leadership and citizenship. And he was named a first-team Academic All-American by GTE/CoSIDA.

Notes and Good Stuff
Business and human resources major was a three-time District IV Academic All-American, a four-time Academic all-Big Ten Conference selection, and a five-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete. The son of Babette and Cleon Plummer, both of whom are graduates of Cornell. Born March 26, 1976.

Ahmed Plummer’s 1999 Statistics Opponent Solo Asts. Tot PBU INT Miami 1 1 2 1 1 UCLA 3 2 5 0 1 Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 Cincinnati 5 1 6 0 0 Wisconsin 5 0 5 0 0 Purdue 5 0 5 1 0 Penn State 1 1 2 2 0 Minnesota 7 0 7 1 1 Iowa 8 0 8 1 1 Michigan State 6 1 7 1 1 Illinois 5 0 5 2 0 Michigan 2 1 3 0 0 1999 Totals 48 7 55 9 5

Ahmed Plummer’s Career Statistics Year G/GS Solo Asts. Tot PBU Int. 1995 Red-shirt 1996 10/0 13 6 19 2 0 1997 13/13 30 12 42 6 5 1998 12/12 47 5 52 17 4 1999 12/12 48 7 55 9 5 Totals 47/37 138 30 168 34 14

5 TB MICHAEL WILEY
6-0, 195, Sr., San Diego, Calif. (Monte Vista)

Ohio State Career
One of the class competitors in the Big Ten over four years, Michael Wiley had a distinguished athletic playing career for the Ohio Sate Buckeyes. Not huge in size but quick and very strong, he finished his career ranking seventh on Ohio State’s prestigious all-time rushing list with 2,951 yards (with 27 rushing touchdowns) and he ranked seventh in all-pupose yards with 4,300, trailing the great Eddie George by just two yards. A first-team All-Big Ten Conference selection as a junior in 1998 and a second-team pick as a senior, Wiley led the Buckeyes in rushing both years and just missed becoming only the fifth Ohio State running back to record back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. He had 1,235 yards as a junior and 952 as a senior. He rushed for 100-or-more yards 10 times during his career, including a career-best 209 yards against Missouri in 1998 and 120 yards in the 1998 win over Michigan. He finished his career with 33 touchdowns, a total that included a 100-yard kickoff return (vs. Bowling Green in 1997), a 76-yard rush (vs. Toledo in 1998) and a 60-yard reception (vs. Rice in 1996). His seven multi-touchdown games included a spectacular three-touchdown game in the first game of his career, vs. Rice in 1996. The touchdowns, a 49-yard reverse and receptions of 51 and 60 yards, came the first three times Wiley touched the ball as a collegian. Wiley was an exceptional pass catcher out of the backfield, ranking third on the team in receptions as a junior and senior with 27 and 14 catches, respectively. He finished with 56 career receptions. Wiley displayed his talents as a passer as well. He threw the halfback option pass 11 times during his career, completing 10 of those tosses for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He could lay a punishing block when asked, so one could say that Michael Wiley, who played in 47 games and started 22 times, truly was an all-around performer for the Buckeyes. He played in the 2000 Senior Bowl following his career.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in sociology. The son of Felicia and Eddie Wiley. Born Jan. 5, 1976.

Michael Wiley’s 1999 Rushing Statistics Opponent Att. Yds. TDs Lng Miami 9 72 0 69 UCLA 22 119 2 21 Ohio 17 98 2 37 Cincinnati 18 95 1 13 Wisconsin 9 36 1 11 Purdue 8 67 0 28 Penn State 10 18 0 7 Minnesota 32 118 2 44 Iowa 15 86 0 14 Michigan State 12 23 0 9 Illinois 19 128 2 35 Michigan 22 92 0 26 1999 Totals 183 952 10 69

Michael Wiley’s 1999 Receiving Statistics Opponent Rec. Yds. TDs Lng Miami 0 0 0 0 UCLA 1 13 0 13 Ohio 0 0 0 0 Cincinnati 1 9 0 9 Wisconsin 1 27 0 27 Purdue 2 34 0 23 Penn State 0 0 0 0 Minnesota 2 8 0 6 Iowa 1 7 0 7 Michigan State 2 22 1 18 Illinois 3 25 0 12 Michigan 1 8 0 8 1999 Totals 14 153 1 27

Michael Wiley’s Career Rushing Statistics Year G/GS Att. Yds. Avg. TDs Lng. 1996 10/0 23 176 7.7 1 49 1997 13/0 105 588 5.6 6 32 1998 12/11 198 1,235 6.2 10 76 1999 12/11 183 952 5.2 10 69 Totals 47/22 509 2,951 6.2 27 76

Michael Wiley’s Career Receiving Statistics Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TDs Lng. 1996 10/0 6 194 32.3 3 60 1997 13/0 9 83 9.2 0 24 1998 12/11 27 200 7.4 1 35 1999 12/11 14 153 10.9 1 27 Totals 47/22 56 630 15.0 5 60

Michael Wiley’s All-Purpose Yards Year Att.* Rush Rec. Ret. TD Yds. 1996 30 176 194 12 4 382 1997 127 588 83 344 7@ 1,015 1998 231 1,235 200 143 11 1,578 1999 205 952 153 114 11 1,325 Totals 583 2,951 630 613 33 4,300 *Includes all rushing, receiving and return attempts @Includes 100-yard kickoff return

84 TE STEVE WISNIEWSKI
6-5, 265, Timberlake, Ohio (Eastlake North H.S.)

Ohio State Career
Steve Wisniewski was a four-year letterman as a tight end for the Buckeyes. He played in all 47 games between 1996-99, after red-shirting as a true freshman in 1995, and helped the Buckeyes to a record of 38-11, to two No. 2 national finishes and Big Ten co-championships, and to wins in the 1997 Rose Bowl and 1999 Sugar Bowl. An 11-game starter throughout his career including 10 starts as a senior in 1999, Wisniewski caught 21 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns during his career. His best season statistically came in 1997 as a sophomore when he caught 12 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns (vs. Indiana and Illinois). His best game statistically came against Penn State in 1997 with three receptions for 63 yards. He had a long reception of 33 yards against Minnesota in 1997 and he caught the third touchdown reception of his career against the Miami Hurricanes in the 1999 Kickoff Classic. Wisniewski was named to the Academic All-Big Ten Conference football team four times and was a five-time OSU Scholar-Athlete.

Notes and Good Stuff
Majored in journalism and wrote for the school newspaper, The Lantern. An uncle, Kiki Cuyler, played for the Cincinnati Reds and is in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Born July 16, 1977 to Kathleen and John Wisniewski.

Steve Wisniewski’s Career Statistics Year G/GS Rec. Yds. Avg. TD Lng. 1995 Red-shirt 1996 12/0 0 0 0.0 0 0 1997 13/1 12 175 14.6 2 33 1998 12/0 3 43 14.3 0 22 1999 12/10 6 91 15.2 1 24 Totals 49/11 21 308 14.7 3 33