December 10, 2018

Jordan Fuller Earns 1st-Team Academic All-America Honors

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior safety Jordan Fuller, Ohio State’s second-leading tackler in each of the past two seasons, has been named today a first-team 2018 Academic All-American. He is the 30th Buckeye to earn first-team Academic All-America honors and the 54th Buckeye all-time to be recognized for academic honors as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Fuller, from Norwood, N.J., and Old Tappan High School, is carrying a 3.81 overall grade point average while majoring in business. He was named a second-team Academic All-American last year as a sophomore.

Named a Big Ten Conference Distinguish Scholar in July, Fuller is building a most-impressive academic resume with two Academic All-Big Ten and two OSU Scholar-Athlete recognitions in addition to the distinguished scholar and Academic All-America honors.

A team captain and a 25-game starter, Fuller ranks second on the Big Ten champion Ohio State defense with 72 tackles this season after finishing second last year with 70 total stops. He has a team-high 53 solo tackles this season in addition to five passes defended, with one of those an interception in the win over Michigan.

Ohio State has produced six total Academic All-Americans in the last five years, including first-team honorees Jacoby Boren and Jack Willoughby in 2015, Sam Hubbard in 2016 and Fuller this year.

Fuller is the 12th player coached by Urban Meyer to earn Academic All-America accolades, a list that includes Utah DB Morgan Scalley (2003 and 2004), Utah QB Alex Smith (2004), Florida QB Tim Tebow (2007, 2008 and 2009), Boren (2014 and 2015), Willoughby (2015), Hubbard (2016) and Fuller (2017 and 2018).

Ohio State’s Academic All-Americans
2018     Jordan Fuller* – SAF

2017     Jordan Fuller – SAF
2016     Sam Hubbard – DE
2015     Jacoby Boren – OC
2015     Jack Willoughby – K
2014     Jacoby Boren* – OC
2008     Brian Robiskie  – FL
2007     Brian Robiskie  – FL
2006     Anthony Gonzalez – SE
2006     Stan White, Jr. – FB
2006     James Laurinaitis* – LB
2003     Craig Krenzel – QB
2002     Ben Hartsock* – TE
2002     Craig Krenzel* – QB
1999     Ahmed Plummer – CB
1996     Greg Bellisari – LB
1995     Greg Bellisari – LB
1992     Len Hartman – OG
1992     Greg Smith – NG
1990     Greg Smith* – DL
1989     Joe Staysniak – OT
1988     Joe Staysniak* – OT
1985     Mike Lanese – FL
1984     Dave Crecelius – DT
1984     Mike Lanese – FL
1984     Anthony Tiuliani* – DL
1983     John Frank* – TE
1983     Dave Crecelius* – DT
1982     Joe Smith – OT
1982     John Frank – TE
1981     John Frank* – TE
1980     Marcus Marek* – LB
1977     Jeff Logan – RB
1977     Ted Librizzi* – DT
1976     Pete Johnson – FB
1976     Bill Lukens – OG
1975     Brian Baschnagel – RB
1975     Pat Curto* – DE
1975     Kenneth Kuhn* – LB
1975     Bill Lukens* – OG
1975     Chris Ward* – OT
1974     Brian Baschnagel – RB
1973     Randy Gradishar# – LB
1971     Rick Simon – OT
1970     Rex Kern* – QB
1969     Bill Urbanik* – DT
1968     Dave Foley* – OT
1968     Mark Stier* – LB
1966     Dave Foley – OT
1965     Bill Ridder* – MG
1961     Tom Perdue* – E
1958     Bob White – FB
1954     Dick Hilinski* – T
1952     John Borton – QB

*Second-Team; #Academic All-America Hall of Fame (1992)