Aug 21, 2013

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No. 5 Ellyn Gruber, Junior Midfielder
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Human Nutrition

Gruber is in her third season as a starter for the Buckeyes and was selected a team captain by her teammates. The 2012 Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete has played in 44 games in her first two seasons, notching a goal (a game-winner against Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament) and five assists.

Student Life

  • Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? – Exciting, but overwhelming. I was lost a lot.
  • Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? – Spring
  • Where is the best place to sit for lectures? – Front and center
  • Most underrated place to study on campus – The Oval
  • Why did you choose to major in human nutrition? Because I thought it would help me in nursing school after undergraduate studies.


  • Favorite pro sports team – Cincinnati Bengals
  • Favorite athlete – Megan Rapinoe
  • The athlete I would most like to compete against – Alex Morgan
  • Favorite athletic memory – Winning the 2010 Big Ten Tournament
  • Team you’re most looking forward to competing against – Penn State
  • Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend – World Cup
  • Pre-game/match superstition/Pre-game/match ritual – I eat the same food and listen to the same music
  • What is your top skill? Putting myself in good spots
  • What skill do you need to improve? – Finishing and capitalizing on my chances


  • Most interesting place I’ve visited – Seattle, Wash.
  • Place I would like to visit – Australia


  • Person I most admire – My dad
  • The greatest risk I’ve ever taken was – Deciding where I wanted to play college soccer
  • In 10 years, I would like to be – Working as an athletic trainer/nurse and raising a family
  • If I had a million dollars, I would – Travel around the world with my friends
  • Coolest thing you did this past summer – Hiking in the mountains
  • I would like to trade places for a day with – Alex Morgan
  • Best piece of advice you’ve received – “When all else fails, always work hard.”
  • Any superstitions, non-game/match related – Coffee every morning
  • Pop or Soda? – Pop
  • Cats or Dogs? – Dogs
  • Early Bird or Night Owl? – Early Bird
  • Would you be the O, H, I or the O? – “O”