14 Brandon “Bam” Childress

Bam Childress Ohio State
usaUnited States
Bedford, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Post-OSU Update: Bam Childress was not selected in the 2005 NFL Draft, but he did play part of two seasons with the New England Patriots in 2005 and 2006. He made five receptions for 39 yards in three games. After football, Childress began a career as an insurance agent in Bedford, Ohio. (updated: Oct. 2022)

Major: Business (2005), Family Resource Management (2003-04), Business (2001-02)

Weight: 185 (2003-04), 180 (2001-02), 175 (2000)

2004 Media Guide: Is poised to have a break-out year in 2004 … will be OSU’s third receiver in a three-receiver set … has been a valuable member of the Ohio State receiving corps the last three seasons and emerged last season as an offensive weapon … very quick, elusive and difficult to tackle in the open field … fun to watch after he catches the ball … also returns kickoffs for the Buckeyes.

2003 Season: Played in all 13 games and made three starts … finished the season with 11 catches for 133 yards (12.1 avg.) … caught a pass on a crossing route vs. Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl and turned it into a career-long 36-yard reception down to the 8-yard line, setting up Ohio State’s second touchdown … finished the Fiesta Bowl with a career-high 44 yards receiving on a pair of catches … notched his first career rushing attempt at Michigan, turning it into a 6-yard gain … started against the Wolverines and caught two passes for 17 yards … also started at Wisconsin and Indiana … caught a career-high four passes against the Hoosiers for 41 yards.

2003 Media Guide: Bam Childress is an exciting player with outstanding speed and quickness … fun to watch after he catches the ball because of his elusiveness … has also returned kicks and is a valuable member of the special teams … has the ability to make big plays and is hoping this is the year he can step forward and showcase his talents … turned in an eye-popping performance in the spring game by scoring three touchdowns and amassing 242 all-purpose yards, including a 94-yard kick return to the house … came to Ohio State as a defensive back, but was moved to receiver in the spring of his freshman year … one of the top players in the Midwest his senior year in high school.

2002 Season: Played in 12 games and finished the season with four receptions for 47 yards and an average of 11.8 yards per catch … had receptions in four games, including a 7-yard grab in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s 10-6 win at Purdue … longest reception of the year was 17 yards against Minnesota … also had a 14-yard catch in the Kent State game … other catch came against San Jose State.

2002 Media Guide: Bam Childress is an exciting young player with a penchant for making big plays … has outstanding quickness and is elusive … tough to cover if you are a defender, but fun to watch if you are an Ohio State fan … came to Ohio State as a defensive back, but was switched to receiver in the spring of 2001 … played in a reserve role last fall and had just one reception … coming off a productive spring in which he worked hard to improve his consistency, an area the coaches have stressed as vital in order for him to get more playing time (had three touchdown receptions and narrowly missed two others in one scrimmage) … also an exciting kick returner … makes things happen when he is on the field, but will have to continue to work hard for playing time at wide receiver where the Buckeyes are loaded.

2001 Season: Lone reception was a 7-yard grab against Illinois in the home finale … also had four kick returns for 74 yards, one of those a 37-yard runback against Purdue… played in 11 games (all but San Diego State) for a total of 14 minutes.

2001 Media Guide: Bam Childress is a redshirt freshman who made a late, but very impressive, switch from defensive back to wide receiver in the spring, literally swapping places with Mo Lee in a one-on-one trade that appears to have helped both the offense and the defense … has excellent hands, quick feet, terrific instincts and in the early going has demonstrated the ability to get open and make plays … coaches are anxious to see how he progresses in the fall with the benefit of more practices … also returns punts … an exciting young player.

2000 Season: Redshirted.

High School: Ohio’s Mr. Football as voted by The Associated Press … fifth Ohio Mr. Football to commit to Ohio State (Robert Smith, Bobby Hoying, Andy Katzenmoyer, Derek Combs) … USA Today’s Ohio Football Player of the Year … Division V Defensive Player of the Year and First Team All-Ohio selection … two-way starter at receiver and cornerback … led his team to an undefeated regular season … finished his senior year with 41 catches for 754 yards and 11 touchdowns … also returned two kickoffs and two punts for touchdowns … career totals of 3,553 kickoff return yards, 2,707 punt return yards and 2,776 receiving yards off 151 receptions … finished his career with 12 interceptions for three touchdowns and recovered three fumbles … averaged 20 points per game in basketball as a junior … basketball team won the Division III state championship that year.

Personal: Parents and Tina and Wayne Carter … raised bulldogs before coming to Ohio State … a cousin, Champ Bailey, plays for the Redskins … born March 31, 1982.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLostFRKRKR YdsKR AvgKR TDPRPR Yds
2001Ohio State1100003177.0070101612621.0000
2002Ohio State130000NA44711.8017NANANA0000000
2003Ohio State131160NA1113312.10360NANA033311.0000
2004Ohio State125000NA1720512.10280NANA0000012


2001Ohio State1105411612621.0000
2002Ohio State1303210000000
2003Ohio State131211033311.0000
2004Ohio State1250000000012