25 Antonio Pittman

Antonio Pittman Ohio State
usa United States
Akron, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
2004, 2005

Weight: 195 (2005), 190 (2004)

2005 Media Guide: One of three young players vying for the starting tailback position … is the only one of the three with any college game experience … played in 10 games last year as a true freshman … led the Buckeyes in rushing at the end of the regular season, but would up second to senior Lydell Ross following the bowl game … averaged 5.3 yards per carry in his rookie season and demonstrated the ability to hit the hole quickly and freeze defenders with his jukes … has excellent speed and quickness and is a good receiver … needs to work on his blocking, but has the potential to be a standout … patient runner who keeps his pads low and is blessed with good vision … appears to be the leading candidate to start heading into the fall.

2004: Played his way into the tailback rotation in the fall … had 66 yards on seven carries in the season opener against Cincinnati, including a 38-yard run … top game was 144 yards on 20 carries against Indiana … scored his only touchdown of the year against the Hoosiers, racing 28 yards around left end for his first collegiate score … longest run of the year was 43 yards against Wisconsin … caught six passes.

High School: Enrolled at Ohio State at the beginning of spring quarter and took part in spring practice … impressed the coaches with his hard running and quick grasp of the system … impressed the 45,000 fans at the annual spring game by running for more than 100 yards and leading both teams in rushing … runs low and gets his pads square to the line of scrimmage … is a slashing type of runner … compares favorably to former OSU tailback Michael Wiley in terms of running style and has Wiley-like speed and quickness … sees the hole well and has a good burst … can catch the ball and that will work in his favor … one of four scholarship tailbacks on the roster and one of two in this year’s class of recruits … certainly gained valuable experience in the spring … how much he plays in the fall depends on his continued development and the health of the running back corps … ran for 1,300 yards last year and won All-Ohio honors even though he missed three games with a turf toe injury – an injury that plagued him all season long … averaged more than 12 yards per carry and scored 17 touchdowns last year … coaches like his burst and ability to make tacklers miss.

Personal: Is the son of Valerie Pittman and Marcus McKinnie … has three sisters, Marquetta, April and Chemika … plans to major in African-American studies.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostFR
2004Ohio State100723815.31NA6264.30430NANANA
2005Ohio State121224313315.57NA171619.50670NANANA