The Ohio State Buckeyes Football Players Excel in Classroom During Spring Quarter

Ohio State Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller (left) and Coach Urban Meyer during spring football practice (photo by Jay LePrete/Associated Press)

From The Ohio State University Athletic Communications

A fine spring quarter in the classroom for FB Buckeyes

Team grade point average is highest in 10 quarters; 48 earn 3.00 GPAs or above

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In addition to the good news last week that the Ohio State football program received a public recognition award from the NCAA for having an Academic Progress Rate among the Top 10 percent of all FBS programs, the team had a fine spring quarter in the classroom with a combined team grade point average (GPA) of 2.88. This figure represents the highest GPA for the football team in the past 10 quarters. The last time the team’s quarterly GPA was higher was after the 2009 autumn quarter when it was 2.90.

The football team’s grade point average is even higher when considering only those student-athletes who will be members of the 2012 team. The 2.88 average is the total for everyone in the program – medical redshirts, 2011 seniors still completing course work, etc.

The players on the current roster who will be on the field this fall had a combined grade point average of 2.95 this spring. The last Ohio State team to top that average heading into a fall camp was the 2007 team that posted a 3.02 GPA after the summer quarter.

Spring marked the second consecutive quarter for Coach Urban Meyer’s program to increase its team GPA.

“Our players and staff really attacked the spring quarter academically, especially the second half of it, like we would the second half of a game,” Meyer said. “I was impressed with everyone’s effort to finish strong. Overall, the team performed very well in the classroom.”

Here’s more good news about this spring’s good grades:

  • Four student-athletes had perfect, 4.0 GPAs;
  • 20 players had at least a 3.50 GPA or above; and
  • There were 48 student-athletes with at least a 3.00 grade point average. This total is the second highest in the last 10 quarters dating to autumn 2009 and is topped only by the 55 with 3.00-or-above GPAs after the 2011 summer quarter.
  • There are presently 36 football student-athletes with a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or above. And there have been 23 football players who have graduated during the 2011-12 academic calendar, including 2011 seniors, former players and current players Ben Buchanan and Zach Domicone.

Graduated Buckeyes – 2011-12

Dan Bain – English

Mike Brewster – communications

*Jake Ballard – sport and leisure studies

Ben Buchanan – strategic communications

Bo DeLande – sport and leisure studies

Nic DiLillo – communications

Zach Domicone – marketing

Garrett Dornbrook – mechanical engineering

Nate Ebner – human nutrition

Derek Erwin – civil engineering

Donnie Evege – communications

James Georgiades – biology

Dan Herron – African-American and African studies

Tony Jackson – marketing

Chris Maxwell – mechanical engineering

Nate Oliver – sport and leisure studies

DeVier Posey – communications

Chris Roark – marketing

Spencer Smith – marketing

*Alex Stepanovich – communications

Andrew Sweat – marketing

Solomon Thomas – sociology

*Jason Winrow – economics

*Graduates of the Degree Completion Program

Graduates by Major – 2011-12

African-American and African Studies – 1

Biology – 1

Civil Engineering – 1

Communications – 5

Economics – 1

English – 1

Human Nutrition – 1

Marketing – 5

Mechanical Engineering – 2

Sociology – 1

Sport and Leisure Studies – 3

Strategic Communications – 1




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Edward Mauler
Edward Mauler graduated from The Ohio State University with bachelor’s degrees in History (2002) and Public Affairs Journalism (2004), and has been the Editor-In-Chief of The Week In Football since 2005. - See more at:

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