Ohio State Overview: Nicknamed “BB”, Robert Landers is a favorite on and off the field for his productive, energized play and off the field for his engaging personality … now a veteran of 39 games, Landers has 51 total tackles, 17.5 tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries … he started 11 of 14 games for the Big Ten and Rose Bowl champions in 2018, battling through a midseason injury to still register solid numbers … Landers had 10 total tackles and 5.0 TFLs in 2017 as a sophomore after recording 16 tackles and 7.5 TFLs in 2016 as a red-shirt freshman … earned “champion” from the OSU coaches after the Penn State and USC games last season … a two-time Varsity O letterman, Landers has a personal best of four solo tackles vs. Tulsa in 2016 … he had 2.0 TFLs in games against Tulsa, Rutgers and Indiana in 2016, as well, and he was tied for the team lead, with Tyquan Lewis, in number of multi-TFL games with three … he is majoring in criminology.
More on BB: Landers was called a “disruptive force” throughout his senior season at Huber Heights and especially during his team’s run to the Division I state championship game … he totaled 153 tackles during his career for coach Jay Minton, including 16.5 tackles-for-loss … he was a second-team Associated Press all-state selection as a senior and an all-Southwest Ohio Team 25 honoree after helping Huber Heights to a 13-2 record … he was also named all-Southwest District and he was chosen as the all-area defensive player of the year … earned a 4-star rating from Scout and listed by that organization as the No. 4 defensive lineman in Ohio and the No. 6 lineman in the Midwest … also had a high national ranking of No. 29 at defensive tackle … 247Sports listed him as a Top 50 defensive tackle … Landers won the 2014 state track and field competition in the shot put as a junior and finished fifth as a senior … younger brother, Trey, was all-state in basketball and plays at Dayton … the brothers, and younger brother Tallice, are the sons of Tracy Matthews and the late, Bobby, or “Bo”, Landers.