March 27, 2017

38 From Football Team Named an OSU Scholar-Athlete


March 27, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio – First-team Academic All-American Sam Hubbard, a junior from Cincinnati who is majoring in finance, leads nearly a complete two-deep roster of Ohio State Buckeyes – 38 in all – who were named OSU Scholar-Athletes today. A total of 626 student-athletes – those with 3.00 or better grade point averages for the year – will be honored this evening during the department’s 50th annual scholar-athlete banquet.

Hubbard, Ohio State’s third first-team Academic All-American in the past two years and the 29th overall, earned OSU Scholar-Athlete status for a third time. He is also a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree. Hubbard started all 13 games this season for the Buckeyes and finished second among the Ohio State defensive linemen with 46 tackles and second with four quarterback hurries. He also had 8.5 tackles-for-loss.

Team co-captain Joe Burger, also from Cincinnati, was named a scholar-athlete for the fifth time, one of only seven student-athletes to achieve that distinction. A four-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, Burger lettered four times for the Buckeyes after initially walking-on to the team. He played in all 13 games this season, graduated in December with his degree in industrial and systems engineering, and was Ohio State’s nominee for an NFF Scholar-Athlete award, the highest academic honor for a college football player.

10 true freshman honored
Among the six-year high for football scholar-athletes (there were 44 such achievers in 2011) were 10 true freshmen, including Nick Bosa, who played in all 13 games this season and was second on the team in quarterback sacks, Jordan Fuller, another 13-game contributor in 2016, 12-game performer Malik Harrison, quarterback Dwayne Haskins and Demario McCall, who had 10-year highs for an Ohio State freshman with 49 carries, 270 yards and three touchdowns.

2016-17 Football Scholar-Athletes
*Indicates 2016 Academic All-Big Ten honoree (must be a sophomore academically); class indicates academic standing

  • RB Alex Backenstoe – junior from Hilliard majoring in sociology
  • SAF *Jarrod Barnes – doctoral student from Westerville working on his Ph.D in sport management; 2nd award
  • DE Nick Bosa – freshman from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., majoring in business administration
  • LB *Joe Burger – from Cincinnati and has graduated with degree in industrial and systems engineering; 5th award
  • QB *Joe Burrow – sophomore from The Plains exploring majors; 2nd award
  • P Drue Chrisman – freshman from Cincinnati exploring management & industry majors
  • SAF *Michael Cibene – senior from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., majoring in logistics management; 4th award
  • QB Stephen Collier – from Leesburg, Ga., and has graduated in three years with degree in communication; 2nd award
  • LB Nick Conner – sophomore from Dublin exploring majors; 2nd award
  • QB Justin Cook – senior from Philadelphia majoring in marketing
  • P/K Alex Craft – sophomore from Kettering majoring in business & international studies
  • OL Gavin Cupp – freshman from Leipsic exploring management & industry majors
  • TE Brock Davin – freshman from Cincinnati exploring management & industry majors
  • CB Wayne Davis – freshman from Chesapeake, Va., majoring in physical education, sport & physical activity
  • K *Tyler Durbin – senior from Burke, Va., majoring in civil engineering; 2nd award
  • TE Luke Farrell – freshman from Perry majoring in exercise science
  • TE *Guy Ferrelli – senior from Galloway majoring in communication; 3rd award
  • SAF Jordan Fuller – freshman from Norwood, N.J., majoring in sport industry
  • SAF *Elijaah Goins – senior from Columbus majoring in pharmaceutical sciences; 2nd award
  • LB Malik Harrison – freshman from Columbus exploring majors
  • QB Dwayne Haskins – freshman from Gaitherburg, Md., majoring in journalism
  • TE Jake Hausmann – freshman from Cincinnati exploring majors
  • DE *Sam Hubbard – senior from Cincinnati majoring in finance; 3rd award
  • RB Ke’Von Huguely – sophomore from Dayton majoring in criminology; 2nd award
  • LB Hayden Jester – freshman from Cincinnati exploring management & industry majors
  • DT Dre’Mont Jones – sophomore from Cleveland majoring in sociology
  • K Bryan Kristan – sophomore from Canfield majoring in finance
  • SAF *Michael Lawless – senior from Dover majoring in exercise science; 3rd award
  • LS *Aaron Mawhirter – senior from Sandusky majoring in health, nutrition & exercise science
  • H-B Demario McCall – freshman from North Ridgeville in the School of Arts & Sciences
  • LS *Liam McCullough – sophomore from Columbus exploring majors
  • K *Sean Nuernberger – senior from La Grange, Ky., majoring in computer & information science; 3rd award
  • OL *Aaron Parry – senior from Zanesville majoring in biology; 2nd award
  • WR Joe Ramstetter – senior from Cincinnati majoring in marketing; 2nd award
  • CB C.J. Saunders – freshman from Dublin majoring in accounting
  • WR Brandan Skalitzky – freshman from Evergreen Park, Ill., exploring majors
  • OL Jack Wohlabaugh – freshman from Avon majoring in sport industry
  • OL Kevin Woidke – sophomore from Avon Lake majoring in business administration; 2nd award