COLUMBUS, Ohio – An eight-year high 40 members of the Ohio State football team are among the record number of student-athletes named an OSU Scholar-Athlete today. A total of 692 student-athletes — those with 3.00 or better grade point averages for the year — will be honored for their academic achievements this evening during the department’s 51st annual scholar-athlete banquet at the Archie M. Griffin Ballroom at the Ohio Union.
Five defensive starters headline the football program’s honorees: graduated defensive end Sam Hubbard, a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete whose academic resume also includes Academic All-America recognition and four academic all-Big Ten Conference awards; sophomore All-America defensive end Nick Bosa; junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones; sophomore safety Jordan Fuller, a second-team Academic All-American in 2017; and sophomore linebacker Tuf Borland.
Quarterbacks Joe Burrow, a junior, and Dwayne Haskins, a sophomore, each have another OSU Scholar-Athlete honor to add to their list of accomplishments. Burrow is a three-time honoree and Haskins has been honored twice.
Some lettermen from last season who were named an OSU Scholar-Athlete: junior DE Jonathon Cooper, sophomore TE Luke Farrell, junior LB Justin Hilliard, sophomore H-B Demario McCall and junior WR C.J. Saunders.
All four of Ohio State’s core specialists this past season — senior kicker Sean Nuernberger, junior long snapper Liam McCullough, sophomore punter Drue Chrisman and freshman kickoff specialist Blake Haubeil — earned scholar-athlete status.
Six additional true freshman scholarship performers joined Haubeil as an OSU Scholar-Athlete: linebacker Baron Browning, offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, receiver Jaylen Harris, cornerback Jeffrey Okudah, linebacker Peter Werner and cornerback Marcus Williamson.
2017-18 Football Scholar-Athletes
*Indicates 2017 Academic All-Big Ten honoree (must be a sophomore academically); class indicates academic standing
– LB Alex Beck – freshman from Hudson, Ohio; exploring majors in management & industrySAF Michael Blanton – sophomore from Cincinnati; exploring majors in science & technology
– *LB Tuf Borland – sophomore from Bolingbrook, Ill.; majoring in human development & family science
– *DE Nick Bosa – sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; majoring in communication; 2nd award
– LB Baron Browning – freshman from Fort Worth, Texas; exploring majors in science & technology
– *QB Joe Burrow – junior from The Plains, Ohio; majoring in consumer & family financial services; 3rd award
– *P Drue Chrisman – sophomore from Cincinnati; exploring majors in management & industry; 2nd award
– *DE Jonathan Cooper – junior from Gahanna, Ohio; majoring in consumer & family financial services
– *OL Gavin Cupp – sophomore from Leipsic, Ohio; majoring in child & youth studies; 2nd award
– *TE Brock Davin – sophomore from Cincinnati; majoring in accounting; 2nd award
– *CB Wayne Davis – sophomore from Chesapeake, Va.; majoring in sport industry; 2nd award
– OL Wyatt Davis – freshman from Bellflower, Calif; exploring majors in management & industry
– SAF Kevin Dever – freshman from Cleveland; exploring majors in management & industry
– *TE Luke Farrell – sophomore from Perry, Ohio; majoring in exercise science; 2nd award
– *SAF Jordan Fuller – sophomore from Norwood, N.J.; majoring in sport industry; 2nd award
– *SAF Elijaah Goins – from Columbus; graduated with a degree in pharmaceutical sciences; 3rd award
– WR Jaylen Harris – freshman from Cleveland; exploring majors in management & industry
– *QB Dwayne Haskins – sophomore from Gaitherburg, Md.; majoring in communication; 2nd award
– K Blake Haubeil – freshman from Buffalo, N.Y.; majoring in accounting
– TE Jake Hausmann – sophomore from Cincinnati; exploring majors; 2nd award
– *LB Justin Hilliard – junior from Cincinnati; majoring in marketing
– *DE Sam Hubbard – from Cincinnati; graduated with his degree in finance; 4th award
– *LB Hayden Jester – sophomore from Cincinnati; exploring majors in management & industry
– *DT Dre’Mont Jones – junior from Cleveland; majoring in sociology; 2nd award
– *K Bryan Kristan – junior from Canfield, Ohio; majoring in finance; 2nd award
– *RB Jordan Leasure – sophomore from Amanda, Ohio; majoring in sport industry
– *HB Demario McCall – sophomore from North Ridgeville, Ohio; majoring in sport industry; 2nd award
– *LS Liam McCullough – junior from Columbus; majoring in finance; 2nd award
– RB Amari McMahon – sophomore from Dublin, Ohio; majoring in biology
– *K Jake Metzer – junior from Doylestown, Pa.; majoring in electrical & computer engineering
– *K Sean Nuernberger – senior from La Grange, Ky.; majoring in computer & information science; 4th award
– CB Jeffrey Okudah – frosh. from Grand Prairie, Texas; exploring majors in management & industry
– WR Garyn Prater – freshman from Cincinnati; exploring majors in management & industry
– LS Bradley Robinson – junior from Troy, Mich.; majoring in human development & family science
– RB Mitch Rossi – freshman from Franklin, Tenn.; majoring in sport industry
– *WR C.J. Saunders – sophomore from Dublin, Ohio; majoring in accounting; 2nd award
– *LB Zach Turnure – senior from St. Louis, Mo.; graduated with degree in communication; 2nd award
– LB Pete Werner – freshman from Indianapolis; exploring majors
– CB Marcus Williamson – freshman from Westerville, Ohio; majoring in history
– OL Kevin Woidke – junior from Avon Lake; majoring in real estate & urban analysis; 3rd award.