COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State football junior safety Jordan Fuller and junior long snapper Liam McCullough headline a quartet of Ohio State Buckeyes who were named to the Big Ten Conference’s prestigious list of Distinguished Scholars today. Student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.70 grade point average for the school year to earn the honor.
Fuller, a strategic communications major who is from Old Tappan, N.J., earned virtually every academic honor for an undergraduate football player this past year. He was named a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, an Academic all-Big Ten Conference honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete for the second time, in addition to his Distinguished Scholar accolade.
On the playing field Fuller was a standout at safety for the 2017 Big Ten champions, starting 13 games and ranking second on the team in tackles with 70. He had 13 more solo tackles – 57 total – than anyone else on the team and he topped out at a career-best 10 tackles twice, vs. Iowa and in the Cotton Bowl victory over USC. He was named third-team all-Big Ten.
McCullough, from Columbus, is a Distinguished Scholar for the second time and joins Jacoby Boren (2014-15-16) as a multiple award winner. McCullough has handled all the long-snapping responsibilities for the past two seasons and enters the 2018 season with 275 consecutive successful snaps. The finance major is a two-time Academic all-Big Ten honoree and OSU Scholar-Athlete.
Hayden Jester, a sophomore linebacker from Cincinnati, and Bryan Kristan, a junior kicker from Canfield, Ohio, were also named to the Big Ten’s Distinguished Scholar honor roll. Both players are in their second season with the program. Jester is exploring majors in management and industry. Kristan is majoring in finance.