- United States
- Apopka, FL
- High School
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
Post-OSU Update: Brent Bartholomew was selected in the 1999 NFL Draft in the sixth round by the Miami Dolphins. Bartholomew punted two games for the Dolphins in 1999 and started most of 2000 for the Chicago Bears, averaging 36.5 yards per punt. He now works in the home building industry as an Area President for M/I Homes. (Updated: Feb. 2022)
Major: Construction Systems, Land Development (2002), Theatre (1998), Communications (1995), Unknown (1994)
Weight: 210 (1998), 205 (1997), 198 (1995-96)
1998 Media Guide: Now in his fourth year as the Buckeyes’ punter … an All-American candidate who must be considered for the Mosi Tatupu special teams player of the year award … won first-team All-Big Ten honors last year … led the Big Ten and was 10th nationally in punting … gets great hang time on his kicks, making them very difficult to return … current career average of 42.4 yards per punt ranks him third in the OSU records book, behind Tom Tupa (44.7) and Tom Skladany (42.7) … credits watching film of Tupa with helping to improve his technique … also holds for placements and is the backup place kicker.
1997: Enjoyed his best year as a collegian, averaging a career best 45.2 yards per kick on 72 punts to lead Big Ten and rank 10th nationally … set a new school record with 3,252 punting yards for the season … longest kick of the year was 63 yards at Michigan State … averaged 51.9 yards on three punts in the Bowling Green game … 20 of his punts were downed inside the 20, including three in the Penn State game … punted so effectively against Iowa that Hawkeye All-America and return specialist Tim Dwight had no return yards.
1997 Media Guide: Will be in his third year as the starting punter … coming off a solid sophomore season in which he averaged a career-best 42.3 yards per kick on 58 punts … finished with the third best average in the Big Ten and was 37th nationally … longest boot of the regular season was a 56 yarder at Purdue, which he later equaled against Arizona State in the Rose Bowl … averaged 46.6 yards per kick on nine boots at Purdue and 44.9 yards on eight kicks in the Rose Bowl … also turned in solid showings against Wisconsin (46.2 on five punts) and Michigan (41.6 on eight) … strong leg with the ability to hang the ball and not outkick the coverage … has good hands and gets the ball off quickly … has demonstrated the capacity to be at his best in the big games … lone block of his OSU career was last year at Notre Dame … 19 of his punts in 1996 were downed inside the 20 … current career average of 41.0 on 107 punts ranks him fourth in the OSU records book, behind Tom Tupa (44.7), Tom Skladany (42.7) and Tom Orosz (41.8) … credits watching film of Tupa with helping to improve his technique … also holds for placements … has not done any place kicking or kicking off his first two years at OSU, but will be the backup in both of those areas this year … did do placements in high school.
1996 Media Guide: Will be in his second year as the Buckeyes’ punter … one of just two true freshmen who saw action last year for OSU … won the starting punting job in the fall and did all the Buckeyes’ punting … was inconsistent through the first half of the season (a 53-yarder in the opener with Boston College and a seven-yarder at Wisconsin in game six) but finished on a strong note and wound up with a 36.9 average on 42 punts … his three best games were against Penn State (47.7 on three kicks), Michigan (44.1 on seven) and Tennessee (48.1 on seven) … had 11 kicks downed inside the 20 and just five touchbacks … longest kick of the year was 65 yards in the bowl game (he had three kicks of 50 or more yards against Tennessee) … 52 yarder at Michigan was his best effort in conference play … has a big-time leg and is kicking with a lot of confidence as he heads into the 1996 campaign.
1995 Media Guide: Outstanding prospect who could be the starting punter this fall … named to the all-state and the Blue Chip All-America teams as 4 senior, when he averaged 46 yards per punt … averaged 48 yards on 29 kicks as a junior … also kicked off both years … Apopka was 13-1 his junior year and 12-1 his senior season … earned three letters in soccer, two in golf and one in volleyball … from the same high school that produced former OSU flanker Cedric Anderson (1980-83) and, more recently, Miami All-America Warren Sapp.
Personal: Hobbies include playing golf and listening to music … a high school honor student who plans to major in broadcasting at Ohio State … both of his parents are graduates of Florida State … wants to go into either broadcasting or acting after his football career is over … the latter would clearly be his preference (he was active in high school musicals and community theatre before enrolling at OSU and also had small parts in two TV commercials) … dramatic roles are his preference and Harrison Ford is his favorite actor … his mother, Patti, and his two sisters are both musically inclined, and his younger sister, Alison, is in the school of music at South Florida, where she is also on a soccer scholarship.
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