COLUMBUS, Ohio — Four former Buckeyes were selected on day three of the 2010 NFL Draft Saturday.
First was defensive end Thaddeus Gibson, who was chosen by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the fourth round (116th overall). Also selected in the seventh round were defensive lineman Doug Worthington (242nd overall), also by the Steelers, safety Kurt Coleman (244th overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles and linebacker Austin Spitler (252nd overall) by the Miami Dolphins
Gibson led Ohio State with 13.0 TFL last season and 4.0 sacks. He started 23 games in his three-year career, totaling 10 sacks and 25 TFL. He recorded 3.0 sacks against Minnesota this season, one shy of the school record. A second team All-Big Ten selection in 2009, Gibson played in 34 career games, recording 82 tackles, five pass break-ups and one interception.
Joining Gibson in the Steel City will be Worthington, who served as co-captain and anchor for one of the top defensive lines in the country in 2009. Worthington was an honorable mention All-Big Ten performer last season, recording 42 tackles, 2.0 sacks and two pass break-ups. He played in 48 career games, registering 103 tackles, 12.0 TFL, 4.5 sacks and one interception.
Coleman, another co-captain, was a third-year starter at safety and took home Sporting News first team All-America honors and first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2009. He also was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates and was a Lott Trophy finalist after finishing third on the team with 68 tackles and five interceptions. The Dayton, Ohio native started 36 career games, recording 219 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 3.0 sacks and nine interceptions, including an 89-yard return for a touchdown against Wisconsin this past season.
Spitler was the final Buckeye drafted by the Dolphins in the seventh round. A co-captain in 2009, Spitler recorded 38 tackles, 1.0 sack and one interception in his first year as a starter. He played in 49 career games for the Silver Bullet defense, recording 82 career tackles, 8.0 TFL, 2.0 sacks and one interception.
Full Player Bios:
#90 THADDEUS GIBSON Bio
DL, 6-2, 240, Euclid, Ohio
Outstanding pass rusher (10 career sacks and 25 career TFLs) … elected to enter the NFL draft after his junior season … 23 career starts; 2009 (junior): second team all-Big Ten … 45 tackles, 4 sacks, 13 TFL as a junior … 2 TFL and forced a Navy fumble … forced an Illinois fumble … had 7 tackles, TFL in the win over the Illini … TFL at Indiana … sack and 4 tackles in the win over Wisconsin … 3 solo stops at Purdue … 3 sacks (-13 yds) were just one shy of OSU single-game record vs. Minnesota … also recovered a Gopher fumble… recovered a fumble vs. New Mexico State … 6 tackles and a TFL at Penn State … penalty nullified a 35-yard 4th-quarter interception return against Iowa … 5-yard interception and four tackles in the win over Michigan … 2 TFL in the Rose Bowl … Big Ten player of week: Minnesota … defensive player of week: Minnesota … Attack Force award: Penn State … Jim Marshall Warrior and SAE (Homecoming MVP) awards from Ohio State coaches … Top Ten Tenacious twice … third-year letterwinner; 2008 (sophomore): carved a place in the starting lineup at defensive end … 26 tackles, 5 sacks, 9 TFL in 2008 … 6-yard sack in opener with Youngstown State … sack against Troy … four tackles in Big Ten opener with Minnesota … forced a Wisconsin fumble … forced a Purdue fumble and recorded two TFL, a sack and six tackles against the Boilermakers … returned a Michigan State fumble 69 yards for a touchdown … 3-yard sack and fi ve tackles against Penn State … two TFL and an 11-yard sack in Fiesta Bowl … Agonis/Rick Meyer Award from OSU coaches … second-year letterman; 2007 (freshman): part of three special teams units … 11 tackles, 3 TFL for year … recorded a sack and a forced fumble in the win over Wisconsin … special teams dog tags: YSU … first-year letterman; 2006 (redshirt): worked with the scout team.
#84 DOUG WORTHINGTON
DL, 6-6, 276, Athol Springs, N.Y.
Veteran of the experienced defensive line … 35 career starts … 103 career tackles, 12 career TFL; 2009 (senior): honorable mention all-Big Ten … voted team captain … recovered a Navy fumble … 4 tackles vs. USC … 10-yard sack and 6 tackles in the win over Illinois … 4 tackles and a pass breakup in the Wisconsin win … 3 solo stops at Purdue … 5 tackles in Minnesota win … 2 TFL vs. New Mexico State … pair of stops at Penn State … key third-down sack in overtime against Iowa … 5 tackles in win at Michigan … TFL in Rose Bowl … defensive player of week: Illinois … Attack Force award: Minnesota … Agonis award from Ohio State coaches … invited to East-West Shrine Game … December, 2009, graduate … third-year letterwinner; 2008 (junior): rotating starter along the defensive line … 34 tackles for the year … three tackles in the Purdue win … six tackles against Penn State … four tackles and recovered a Northwestern fumble … sack and two tackles at Illinois … six tackles and a TFL in win over Michigan … 8-yard sack in Fiesta Bowl … second-year letterman; 2007 (sophomore): started 11 games in 2007 … recorded 24 tackles for the season … sack and four tackles in the Wisconsin win … forced a Kent State fumble … interception against Michigan State … Attack Force award: Akron … Jack Tatum hit of week: Akron … first-year letterman; 2006 (freshman): played in seven games … tackles against Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern; 2005 (redshirt): played on the scout team … injured his right knee on the fi nal day of bowl practice before the team broke for the holiday season … had surgery and sat out winter and spring.
#4 KURT COLEMAN
S, 5-11, 195, Dayton, Ohio
Third-year starter at safety … Sporting News first team All-America … voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates … voted team captain … first team all-Big Ten … Lott Trophy quarterfi nalist … Jim Thorpe Award watch list … Bronko Nagurski Award watch list … Wuerffel Trophy nominee … 36 career starts … 219 career tackles … passed the 200 career tackle mark against Minnesota; 2009 (senior): third on team with 64 tackles and has led team in interceptions the last two years, including fi ve in 2009 … team-high 9 tackles vs. Navy, with an interception and a forced fumble … 5 tackles vs. USC … forced a Toledo fumble that stopped the Rockets’ best scoring chance at the goalline … also had 6 tackles vs. Toledo … team-best 9 tackles vs. Illinois and also forced a fumble … was suspended for Indiana game for helmet-tohelmet collision vs. Illinois … 89-yard interception return for touchdown in the Wisconsin win, the fifth longest return in OSU history … 14 tackles vs. the Badgers were a career high … recovered a Purdue fumble and had 5 solo tackles, 2 TFL … 40-yard interception and 4 tackles in the Minnesota win … 3 tackles in win at Penn State … 4 tackles, TFL in Iowa win … pair of interceptions in win over Michigan, along with 4 tackles … 4 tackles in Rose Bowl … defensive player of week: Navy , Wisconsin … Bill Willis (outstanding defensive player), W.W. Hayes (Michigan game MVP) and Big Ten Sportsmanship awards from Ohio State coaches … invited to Senior Bowl … fourth-year letterwinner; 2008 (junior): second team all-Big Ten at strong safety … ranked 40th in NCAA in interceptions (4) … third on team with 78 tackles … missed the first two games with an ankle injury … six tackles at USC … pair of interceptions (first of his career) were key plays against Troy … also had seven tackles against Troy … TFL and two stops against Minnesota … eight tackles and a near interception at Wisconsin … three solo tackles in Purdue win … interception and forced a Michigan State fumble … pass breakup and seven tackles against Penn State … sack and seven tackles at Northwestern … 18-yard interception and a team-best 11 tackles at Illinois … 10 tackles and a TFL against Michigan … 11 tackles in the Fiesta Bowl … defensive champion: Troy, Penn State, Illinois, Michigan … special teams dog tags: Troy, Illinois … Arnie Chonko and SAE awards from OSU coaches … third-year letterman; 2007 (sophomore): starting strong safety who was significant on special teams … 64 tackles, 4 PBU, 3.5 TFL for season … sack and fi ve tackles against Michigan State … fi ve tackles and forced a fumble at Penn State … seven tackles against Illinois … 10 tackles in the BCS championship game … defensive player of week: Illinois … SAE award for outstanding player in Homecoming game … second-year letterman; 2006 (freshman): blocked a 50-yard field goal attempt by Bowling Green on the Falcons’ first possession in an eventual 35-7 OSU win … saw action in 12 games and collected nine tackles, all of which came in the final seven games of the regular season … fi ve of his tackles were solo stops … had a career-high five tackles in the win at Michigan State, including a TFL … played in all but one game as a true freshman, mainly on special teams … enrolled early at Ohio State for spring quarter 2006 and participated in spring drills
#38 AUSTIN SPITLER
LB, 6-3, 234, Bellbrook, Ohio
Starter at sam linebacker … voted team captain … 82 career tackles, 8 career TFL … 10 career starts; 2009 (senior): 5 tackles vs. USC … pair of tackles vs. Toledo … 6 tackles in the win over Illinois … 2 tackles and a sack at Indiana … 2 TFL, 4 tackles in the Wisconsin win … interception vs. Minnesota … 3 tackles in win over New Mexico State … 2 TFL, 6 tackles in the Iowa win … 4 tackles in win at Michigan … Attack Force award: Indiana, Iowa … Top Ten Tenacious four times … Big Ten all-academic … August, 2009, graduate … fourth-year letterwinner; 2008 (junior): worked behind James Laurinaitis at MLB … 11 tackles for the season … suffered sprained knee vs. Troy and was out for several weeks … returned to play at Michigan State, recovering a fumbled Buckeye punt return … pair of tackles at Northwestern and in Michigan win … special teams champion: Michigan State … Jack Tatum big hit: Michigan … special teams dog tags: Michigan State, Northwestern, Michigan … third-year letterman; 2007 (sophomore): versatile linebacker who started on four special teams units … 26 tackles for the season … seven tackles and a sack (-12) in the win over Youngstown State … five tackles against Kent State … special units player of week: Wisconsin … Jack Tatum hit of week: Kent State … special teams dog tags: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan … second-year letterman; 2006 (freshman): played in all 13 games … saw the majority of his time on the special teams … collected seven tackles, including three in the win at Michigan State; 2005 (redshirt): played on the scout team