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Tuf Borland

LB

Player profile

  • Height 6-1
  • Weight 234
  • Hometown Bolingbrook, Ill.
  • Last School Bolingbrook
  • Year Graduate

Ohio State Overview
• Graduated in December of 2019 with a degree in human development and family science.
• Is a two-time team captain who has played in 44 career games with 180 tackles, 15.5 tackles-for-loss and five sacks.
• Member of the 2020 Butkus Award Preseason Watch List
• Has played in every game the past three seasons – 42 – which is impressive enough, until one considers he played at all in 2018 after injuring an Achilles tendon during spring practice.
• Is remarkably consistent: Borland’s recorded 50 or more tackles in each of the last three seasons and had three or more stops in 12 of 14 games last season.
• Named a “champion” by the Ohio State coaches six times during the 2019 season.
• Made a season-high seven tackles against No. 8 Penn State.
• Was the team’s Defensive Player of the Game following a five-tackle effort vs. Maryland that included a sack.
• Started all 14 games in 2019 for a defensive unit that ranked No. 1 in total defense (259.7 yards/game), No. 4 in scoring defense (13.7 points/game) and No. 9 in rushing defense (103.7 yards/game).
• Finished fourth on the team with 55 total stops (27 solo), three sacks and three tackles for loss.
• Had an interception and 42-yard return in the second half vs. Cincinnati to preserve a shutout in a 42-0 win.
• Has 34 games of starting experience entering the 2020 season.
• After suffering an Achilles tendon injury in the spring of 2018, worked on rehab throughout the summer months and by fall camp he was seeing action to the point he was named a captain of the team.
• His playing time increased as the season progressed and he ended up starting 11 games a finishing third on the team with 67 tackles.
• His 9.0 tackles for loss were third on the team.
• Was fourth among all Buckeyes in 2017 with 58 stops, a total that included 12 against Army and 11 in the win over Michigan State.
• Borland was the team’s defensive player of the game vs. both Army and Michigan State.
• Was named a game “champion” by the Ohio State coaches five times, including the final three games of the season vs. Michigan, the Big Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin and the Goodyear Cotton Bowl vs. USC.
• Enrolled in classes in January 2016

Honors & Awards
2016: OSU Scholar-Athlete
2017:
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete
2018:
Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete
2019: Honorable mention All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
Academic All-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete

Notable Note
• Borland’s 12 tackles vs. Army in 2017 were the most by an Ohio State freshman in six years, or since Ryan Shazier had 15 in a 2011 game vs. Penn State.

At Bolingbrook High School
• Came to Ohio State as a 4-star outside linebacker prospect by both 247Sports and Scout.
• Was a two-time all-state selection who starred for Bolingbrook teams that advanced to Illinois state playoffs four consecutive years under the direction of head coach John Ivlow.
• Recorded 165 tackles as a senior and was named all-state by the Chicago Tribune, all-SW Suburban Blue and the Voyager Media defensive player of the year.
• Had 152 tackles as a junior and was an IHSFCA 8A and Chicago Tribune all-state selection.
• Played baseball and basketball for two years.
• Is the son of Jeny and Kyle Borland.