Ohio State Overview: Tuf Borland has played in every game the past two seasons – 28 – which is impressive enough, until one considers he played at all in 2018 after injuring an Achilles tendon during spring practice … he 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 … a fourth-year junior, Borland had nine starts as a freshman in 2017 and now has 20 for his career … he also has 125 career tackles to rank second among current Buckeyes in that category … he 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 … he 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 … he is majoring in exercise science.
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.
Honors & Awards
2018: Honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference (coaches and media)
2017: Academic All-Big Ten Conference, OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Tuf: Borland came to Ohio State as a 4-star outside linebacker prospect by both 247Sports and Scout … he 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 coach John Ivlow … Borland 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 … he had 152 tackles as a junior and was an IHSFCA 8A and Chicago Tribune all-state selection … also played baseball and basketball for two years … is the son of Jeny and Kyle Borland.
BORLAND’S CAREER DEFENSIVE STATS
YEAR G-GS UA A TOT TFL YD SCK QBH
2017 14-9 35 23 58 3.5 14 1 1
2018 14-11 33 34 67 9.0 29 3 1
TOT 28-29 68 57 125 12.5 43 4 2