43 Brandon Schnittker

Brandon Schnittker Ohio State
usaUnited States
Sandusky, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005

Post-OSU Update: After Ohio State, Brandon Schnittker began a successful career in sales and marketing. Most recently, he is the Vice President of Sales at Hologic. (updated: Mar. 2023)

Major: Marketing (2004-05), Political Science (2003)

Weight: 250 (2001-05)

2005 Media Guide: One of just two true fullbacks on the roster … three-year letterman who has played in 32 games and has four career starts to his credit … has been a key reserve and sometimes starter the past three years … heads into 2005 as the Buckeyes’ No. 1 fullback … solid in all phases of the game, but has been used primarily as a blocker throughout his career … has just five career carries, but is a strong runner and a sure-handed receiver … would obviously love to carry the ball more, but willingly does whatever’s best for the team … his goal this year is to score his first collegiate touchdown … logged more minutes at fullback and “H-back” than any other player last year and is listed as a returning starter even though the Buckeyes rarely opened in an “I” formation … an OSU scholar-athlete.

2004: Played in nine games and started against Marshall and Indiana … split time with Branden Joe at fullback and H-back … no rushing attempts, but he did have two receptions (Northwestern and Oklahoma State).

2004 Media Guide: Teams with Branden Joe to give the Buckeyes a pair of dependable fullbacks who excel in all phases of the game … stepped in as a starter last year when Joe was hurt and held down the fort until Joe’s return … played in the first eight games and started against North Carolina State … suffered a hamstring injury at Indiana in week eight and missed the last five games of the season … is back at full strength and was very productive in spring practice.

2003: First carry of the year was a 5-yard gain against North Carolina State … had two carries for five yards at Wisconsin … had four receptions for 26 yards … earned his second varsity letter.

2003 Media Guide: Brandon Schnittker is again expected to share time with Branden Joe at the fullback spot … did so last year and appeared in all 14 games for a total of 90 minutes … made his first collegiate start against Penn State … was used primarily as a blocker last year, but has the size and power to be an effective inside runner … lone carry of the year was a 1-yard run against Kent State … his first collegiate catch was certainly a memorable one – a 15-yard grab in the fourth-quarter of the Michigan game that kept the Buckeyes’ game-winning drive alive … made steady progress last year and should have a good year in 2003 now that he has 14 games under his belt.

2002: Received his first varsity letter … longest stints were 12 minutes against Washington State and Cincinnati … was the starter against Penn State when the Buckeyes opened the game in a one-back set.

2002 Media Guide: Brandon Schnittker is a skilled young fullback prospect … heads into the fall listed behind Branden Joe … both players figure to see a lot of action … good runner and blocker … had a productive spring … coaches would like to see him become even more physical.

2001: Redshirted.

High School: Division IV Associated Press co-Defensive Player of the Year … First-Team All-Ohio at linebacker … Defensive player of the year in the district … 105 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and five interceptions (two for touchdowns) as a senior … as a fullback, rushed for 900 yards and averaged 9.2 yards per carry … National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete … wrestled, played baseball and competed on the track and field team … National Honor Society member.

Personal: Born May 24, 1983 … son of Marilyn Hamann and Paul Schnittker … two brothers, Ryan and Michael … cousins Max Schnittker (1945-46) and Dick Shnittker (1949) played football at Ohio State … Dick also was a basketball All-American and played in the NBA with the Minnesota Lakers … would like to be a teacher when his playing career is finished … two of his favorite memories are winning the state high school championship at Perkins and the national championship with the Buckeyes.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLngKRKR YdsKR TD
2002Ohio State141111.00NA22713.50151110
2003Ohio State914123.00NA4266.509000
2004Ohio State1020000NA2199.5014190
2005Ohio State8018472.62NA00007000