18 Andy Groom

Andy Groom Ohio State
usaUnited States
H, P, ST
Columbus, OH
High School
Bishop Hartley
Current Team
Ohio State
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

Post-OSU Update: Andy Groom was not selected in the 2003 NFL Draft. He did play in the NFL, however, kicking in two games for the Redskins in 2005, averaging 39.0 yards per punt on 11 kicks. After football, Groom launched a medical device sales career with Stryker. (updated: Sep. 2022)

Jersey #: 18 (2001-02), 3 (1999)

Major: Marketing (2001-02), Business (1999)

Weight: 185 (2002), 190 (2001), 180 (1999)

2002 Media Guide: Andy Groom is a leading candidate for the 2002 Ray Guy Award … finished second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally last year, averaging 45 yards per punt on 49 kicks (the sixth best average in OSU history) … former walk-on who was converted to scholarship at the beginning of the 2001 campaign … a fine athlete who also holds for placements and could handle the place kicking chores if an emergency arose …concentrated in the spring on improving his hang time.

2001 Season: Selected by the coaching staff as the Special Teams Player of the Year … began the season as the backup punter, but took over as the regular in week three … won second-team All-Big Ten honors … had six punts of 60 or more yards … longest effort was 67 yards against Purdue … had a timely 66-yard bomb at Michigan, where he punted 10 times … dropped 18 punts inside the 20, time-and-again pinning opponents deep in their own territory … former quarterback with sure hands … has demonstrated the ability to remain cool under fire … named to the Big Ten’s All-Academic Team.

2001 Media Guide: Andy Groom is a former walk-on who is now the starting holder for all placements … tried out for the team in the fall of 1998 as a true freshman and was kept as a combination punter-kicker … began holding last year and earned his first letter … former quarterback with sure hands … has demonstrated the ability to stay cool under fire and is a valuable member of the special teams … picked up 14 yards on a fake field goal against Iowa, narrowly missing a touchdown on the play … had a punt blocked later in the same game, but ran the ball down and returned it 11 yards on a very athletic play.

2000 Season: Saw action in all 12 games.

1999 Media Guide: Andy Groom walked-on to the team last fall and has been working out as a punter and placekicker.

Personal: An all-state kicker in high school at Bishop Hartley. Walked-on to the program because “I always wanted to be a Buckeye.” The son of Carol and Joseph Groom. A sister, Tricia, is an Ohio State graduate and a brother, Joseph, is currently attending Ohio State. Born Sep. 10, 1979.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush TDLngTB
2000Ohio State1202250140
2001Ohio State1202280273
2002Ohio State1402-160011


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLPtPt YdsTBI20Pt Blkd
2000Ohio State120651000001
2001Ohio State12000004922043182
2002Ohio State140211060269711151