June 19, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to the good news last week that the Ohio State football program received a public recognition award from the NCAA for having an Academic Progress Rate among the Top 10 percent of all FBS programs, the team had a fine spring quarter in the classroom with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 2.88. This figure represents the highest GPA for the football team in the past 10 quarters. The last time the team’s quarterly GPA was higher was after the 2009 autumn quarter when it was 2.90.

The football team’s grade point average is even higher when considering only those student-athletes who will be members of the 2012 team. The 2.88 average is the total for everyone in the program – medical redshirts, 2011 seniors still completing course work, etc. The players on the current roster who will be on the field this fall had a combined grade point average of 2.95 this spring. The last Ohio State team to top that average heading into a fall camp was the 2007 team that posted a 3.02 GPA after the summer quarter.

Spring marked the second consecutive quarter for Coach Urban Meyer’s program to increase its team GPA.

“Our players and staff really attacked the spring quarter academically, especially the second half of it, like we would the second half of a game,” Meyer said. “I was impressed with everyone’s effort to finish strong. Overall, the team performed very well in the classroom.”

Here’s more good news about this spring’s good grades:

Four student-athletes had perfect, 4.0 GPAs;  20players had at least a 3.50 GPA or above; and  Therewere 48 student-athletes with at least a 3.00 grade point average.This total is the second highest in the last 10 quarters dating toautumn 2009 and is topped only by the 55 with 3.00-or-above GPAsafter the 2011 summer quarter.

There are presently 36 football student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. And there have been 23 football players who have graduated during the 2011-12 academic calendar, including 2011 seniors, former players and current players Ben Buchanan and Zach Domicone.

Graduated Buckeyes – 2011-12
Dan Bain – English
Mike Brewster – communications
*Jake Ballard – sport and leisure studies
Ben Buchanan – strategic communications
Bo DeLande – sport and leisure studies
Nic DiLillo – communications
Zach Domicone – marketing
Garrett Dornbrook – mechanical engineering
Nate Ebner – human nutrition
Derek Erwin – civil engineering
Donnie Evege – communications
James Georgiades – biology
Dan Herron – African-American and African studies
Tony Jackson – marketing
Chris Maxwell – mechanical engineering
Nate Oliver – sport and leisure studies
DeVier Posey – communications
Chris Roark – marketing
Spencer Smith – marketing
*Alex Stepanovich – communications
Andrew Sweat – marketing
Solomon Thomas – sociology
*Jason Winrow – economics

*Graduates of the Degree Completion Program

Graduates by Major – 2011-12
African-American and African Studies – 1
Biology – 1
Civil Engineering – 1
Communications – 5
Economics – 1
English – 1
Human Nutrition – 1
Marketing – 5
Mechanical Engineering – 2
Sociology – 1
Sport and Leisure Studies – 3
Strategic Communications – 1