March 28, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State football program was one full of achievers this year, on the playing field and in the classroom. The Buckeyes went 12-0 for only the sixth undefeated season in school history and today the university released its annual list of OSU Scholar-Athletes and 30 football players were honored. Only the swimming team (34) had more Scholar-Athletes than the football team did on the men’s side and only one other sport – women’s rowing with 37 – had more than the football team.

OSU Scholar-Athletes have to have an overall grade point average of 3.00 or better for the academic year. Leading the way were two fifth-year seniors – punter Ben Buchanan, from Westerville, Ohio, and fullback Adam Homan, from Coldwater, Ohio – who are Scholar-Athletes for the fifth time. Buchanan already graduated with a degree in strategic communications and is pursuing a master’s in sports administration. Homan is completing requirements for a degree in exercise science.

More than half (16) of the Scholar-Athletes entered the football program since coach Urban Meyer has taken over, including seven true freshmen who played enough to earn a varsity letter in 2012: SAF Najee Murray, CB Armani Reeves, DL Tommy Schutt, DL Noah Spence, WR Michael Thomas, DL Adolphus Washington and LB Camren Williams.

2012-13 Scholar-Athletes *Indicates 2012 Academic All-Big Ten honorees (must be a sophomore academically)

  • OL * Darryl Baldwin – junior from Solon majoring in marketing; 2nd OSU Scholar-Athlete award
  • RB Warren Ball – freshman from Columbus undecided on a major; 1st award
  • OL * Ivon Blackmon – senior from Bedford Heights majoring in political science; 3rd award
  • WR Stacey Blunt – junior from Columbus majoring in consumer & family financial services; 1st award
  • OL Jacoby Boren – freshman from Pickerington majoring in construction systems management; 2nd award
  • P * Ben Buchanan – senior from Westerville pursuing master’s in sports administration; 5th award
  • LB Joe Burger – freshman from Cincinnati majoring in engineering; 1st award
  • OL Pat Elflein – freshman from Pickerington exploring majors; 1st award
  • WR Frank Epitropoulos; freshman from Arlington majoring in exercise science; 1st award
  • LB Craig Fada – freshman from Columbus undecided on a major; 1st award
  • WR Peter Gwilym – sophomore from Freeport, Maine, majoring in business; 2nd award
  • LS * Bryce Haynes – sophomore from Cumming, Ga., undecided on a major; 2nd award
  • FB * Adam Homan – senior from Coldwater majoring in exercise science; 5th award
  • DL Claudius Mbemba – sophomore from Lewis Center majoring in computer information science; 2nd award
  • SAF Najee Murray – freshman from Steubenville exploring majors; 1st award
  • OL Joey O’Connor – freshman from Eaton, Colo, majoring in criminology; 1st award
  • CB Armani Reeves – freshman from South Easton, Mass., exploring majors in management & industry; 1st award
  • WR * Taylor Rice – from Dublin and has graduated with degree in human development and family science; 3rd award
  • WR Ryan Ross – junior from Tallmadge majoring in biology; 3rd award
  • CB Nik Sarac – sophomore from Orange majoring in exercise science; 2nd award
  • DL Tommy Schutt – freshman from Glen Ellyn, Ill, exploring majors in management & industry; 1st award
  • QB * Justin Siems – from Charlotte, N.C., and has graduated with degree in aviation; 4th award
  • LB * Stewart Smith – from New Albany and has graduated with degree in biology; 4th award
  • DL Noah Spence – freshman from Harrisburg, Pa., majoring in sociology; 1st award
  • OL Ben St. John – junior from Elmore majoring in exercise science; 3rd award
  • SAF * Ron Tanner – junior from Columbus majoring in business; 2nd award
  • TE Blake Thomas – freshman from Westlake exploring majors in the health professions; 1st award
  • WR Michael Thomas – freshman from Los Angeles undecided on a major; 2nd award
  • DL Adolphus Washington – freshman from Cincinnati exploring majors; 1st award
  • LB Camren Williams – freshman from North Easton, Mass., majoring in exercise science; 1st award