15 A.J. Trapasso

A.J. Trapasso Ohio State
usaUnited States
Pickerington, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Post-OSU Update: A.J. Trapasso was not selected in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent time with several teams in during the 2009 preseason and regular season, but did not play in a regular season game. After football, Trapasso worked a variety of jobs, including sales and a football intern at Ohio State. He’s now works for a Columbus-area logistics company. (updated: Jun. 2023)

Major: Graduate (2008), Political Science (2006-07)

Weight: 229 (2008), 220 (2004-07)

2008 Media Guide: Will be in his fourth season as Ohio State’s starting punter in 2008 … has improved to one of the best in the Big Ten … has a strong leg and gets the ball off quickly … graduated in June.

2007: Averaged 41.5 yards on 53 kicks … 21 downed inside the 20 … Ray Guy Award semifinalist … also handled some of the kickoff duties midseason … special units player of week: Akron, Washington, Minnesota … Big Ten player of week: Michigan State … scout team dog tags: Akron, Washington, Minnesota, Purdue, Michigan State.

2007 Media Guide: Third year starting punter … has improved to one of the best in the Big Ten … could be a candidate for postseason honors this fall… has a strong leg and gets the ball off quickly … outstanding all-around athlete who excelled in high school at several different positions and sports.

2006: For the second-consecutive season ranked sixth individually in the Big Ten in punting average (41.0) and helped the Buckeyes’ punt coverage unit rank third with a 38.9 net punt average … only 15 of his 49 punts were returned (2.1 yard average return) … punted six times in the win at Texas for a 50.8-yard average, which ranks as the third-best single-game performance in OSU history … four of his six punts at Texas were 50+ yards and he was named the team and Big Ten special teams player of the week for his efforts.

2006 Media Guide: Could be a possible Ray Guy Award candidate if he continues to improve and perform with the level of consistency he demonstrated in 2005 … is at a key position for the Buckeyes who rely heavily on field position.

2005: Averaged a very respectable 40.4 yards per punt last year in his first season as the Buckeyes’ punter … finished sixth in the Big Ten in overall punting and third in net punting … has a strong leg and gets the ball off quickly … dropped 19 of his 43 punts inside the 20-yard line and had just three touchbacks … unloaded a 76-yard punt against Michigan State – the fifth longest punt in Ohio State history … also had a 60-yard kick against Penn State and three others of at least 50 yards … in 12 games, Ohio State’s 12 opponents averaged a meager 5.2 yards per punt return.

2005 Media Guide: Hopes to take over the punting chores for graduated senior Kyle Turano … has a strong, booming leg and gets the ball off quickly … backed up Turano last year, but did not get into any games and was redshirted … is the only scholarship punter on the roster … enrolled in the spring of 2004 in hopes of landing the starter’s job vacated by Ray Guy Award winner B.J. Sander, but lost out to Turano, who averaged 42.8 yards per kick and led the Big Ten in net punting average (39.1) … is at a key position for the Buckeyes who rely heavily on the punt and field position.

2004: Graduated early from high school and took part in spring drills .. did not play any games and was redshirted.

High School: Graduated from Pickerington High School early and enrolled at Ohio State at the beginning of spring quarter … took part in spring practice … punted well in the kick scrimmage and appears to have locked down the No. 2 spot behind senior Josh Huston … has a strong leg and gets the ball off quickly … hopes to help fill the void created by the graduation of 2003 Ray Guy Award winner B.J. Sander … is an excellent all-around athlete … set numerous punting and kicking records in high school and was a two-time All-Ohio pick, winning first-team honors as a place-kicker as a junior and then as a punter as a senior … averaged 40.9 yards per punt as a senior … also played running back and amassed 3,754 during his career … was the team MVP as a junior and the most valuable offensive player as a senior … averaged 8.6 yards per carry as a junior and scored 50 touchdowns during his three years as a starter … also played baseball in high school.

Personal: Is the son of Sam and Cyndie Trapasso … has a young sister, Jillian … nickname is “Trap” … favorite actor is Edward Norton … dream vacation is Catanzaro, Italy … favorite music artist is Kenny Loggins … favorite cartoon character is Stewie Griffin … favorite American from history is Babe Ruth.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstPtPt YdsPunt AvgTBI20Pt Blkd
2005Ohio State12000043173840.43190
2006Ohio StateNA000049199040.64170
2007Ohio State13011053219941.57210
2008Ohio State13000058239041.25210