51 Anthony Schlegel

Anthony Schlegel Ohio State
usaUnited States
Highland Park, TX
High School
Highland Park
Current Team
Ohio State
2003, 2004, 2005

Post-OSU Update: Anthony Schlegel was selected in the third round (76th overall) of the 2006 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. Schlegel played two seasons in the NFL, with the Jets and then Cincinnati. He made 38 tackles in 17 games (five starts with Cincinnati in 200). After his playing days, Schlegel began a coaching career with the Buckeyes as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. He has also started a fitness company and has worked in the media industry. (updated: Mar. 2023)

Major: Educational Exploration (2004), Undeclared (2003)

Weight: 251 (2005), 245 (2003-04)

2005 Media Guide: One of four returnees on what many consider to be the best group of linebackers in college football … is unquestionably the “free spirit” on the team and has fun in all that he does … enjoys pushing the envelope (has gone wild boar hunting with dogs and a knife in Texas) … began the 2004 season as a backup to Mike D’Andrea at middle linebacker and played extensively … moved into a starting role when D’Andrea went down with a knee injury in early October … suffered a partially torn MCL before the Indiana game, but played hurt the rest of the year and rarely missed a down when the Buckeyes were on defense … makes plays and is another one of those “Chris Spielman types” who love to play the game and do so with great intensity … has averaged 7.0 tackles per game during his career … was married on Valentine’s Day of 2004 … his wife, Stephanie, who is a graduate of Texas A&M, is a high school teacher at Hilliard Davidson.

2004: Played in all 12 games and started seven times … led the team in tackles-for-loss with 10.5 for minus 47 yards … also had 3.5 sacks (second to Mike Kudla’s 4.0) … 84 tackles were third on the team behind fellow linebackers A.J. Hawk (141) and Bobby Carpenter (93) … collected a season-high 15 tackles at Iowa … also in double digits against Indiana (10), Penn State (10) and Purdue (12).

2004 Media Guide: Enrolled at Ohio State in April of 2003 and took part in spring drills the last two years … sat out the 2003 season and is eligible for game competition in 2004 … recorded six tackles in the 2004 Ohio State Spring Game for the Gray Squad … finds his name atop the list of middle linebackers on the depth chart heading into fall camp.

2003: Worked out with the scout team defense at Ohio State while satisfying NCAA transfer rules.

2003 Media Guide: Anthony Schlegel enrolled at Ohio State in April and took part in spring drills … a transfer from the Air Force Academy, where he lettered the past two years … will have to sit out the 2003 season and will become eligible for game competition in 2004.

2002: Started all 13 games and became the first sophomore in school history to win first-team All-Mountain West Conference recognition … wound up the year with 118 tackles (54 solos, 64 assisted) … first Falcon since 1997 to top the 100 mark … finished third in the Mountain West in tackles … led the team in tackles-for-loss with 10 … was named MVP of the Diamond Walnut San Francisco Bowl … had a career-high 19 tackles against Notre Dame.

2001: Played in 10 games as a freshman and started the final six … had 48 tackles as a freshman, including four for losses.

High School: Lettered four years in wrestling and three in football … won the heavyweight state title as a junior and was runner-up as a senior … also national AAU champ as a junior … third-team all-state in football as a senior.

Personal: Parents are Roger and Connie Schlegel … set two world deadlift records in the 19-and-under division with lifts of 662 and 672 pounds.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2004Ohio State12884463810.5473.5210000200
2005Ohio State12128241417.0202.080100100