28 Chris “Beanie” Wells

Chris "Beanie" Wells Ohio State
usaUnited States
Akron, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
2006, 2007, 2008

Post-OSU Update: Chris “Beanie” Wells was selected in the first round (31st overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Arizona Cardinals. Wells contributed early, but injuries shortened his career to four years. He finished with 2,471 rushing yards (4.0 ypc) and 24 touchdowns. (updated: Jun. 2023)

Major: Undeclared (2006-08)

Weight: 237 (2008), 230 (2007), 225 (2006)

2008 Media Guide: The most powerful ballcarrier in college football … “Beanie” nickname was given to him by his family.

2007: Voted team Most Valuable Player … second team All-America (Rivals) … first team all-Big Ten …1,609 yards for season with 15 touchdowns … fourth among all-time OSU single season rushers and first among sophomore rushers … 143 yards in Akron win … 135 yards, TD at Washington … 100 yards, TD vs. Northwestern …pair of first-quarter scores at Minnesota rushing for 116 yards … gained 221 yards with a TD over Michigan State … 133 yards at Penn State … rushed for 169 against Wisconsin, scoring three second-half touchdowns … two TD vs. Illinois … career-best 222 yards with TD of 62 and 1 in win at Michigan … 146 yards with a 65-yard TD in the BCS championship game … offensive player of week: Washington, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Michigan … Big Ten player of week: Michigan State, Michigan … Archie Griffin award for offensive MVP …W.W. Hayes award for outstanding player in Michigan game … Big Ten all-academic.

2007 Media Guide: Ohio State’s No. 1 tailback… showed great potential last year as a true freshman… enrolled at Ohio State for spring quarter in 2006 and took part in spring practice … made significant contributions as a true freshman, rushing for more than 500 yards and seven touchdowns.

2006: Played in all 13 games as a true freshman and finished second on the team with 576 yards on 104 carries … was named the team’s outstanding first-year award on offense … averaged 5.6 yards per rush … scored seven touchdowns … averaged 44.3 yards per game … scored a touchdown in the final six games of the year… against Michigan, scored on a 52-yard run to give Ohio State a 14-7 lead early in the second quarter … finished the game with five carries for 56 yards.

2006 Media Guide: Enrolled at Ohio State for spring quarter and took part in spring practice … rushed for a game-high 48 yards on 11 carries for a 4.4 yard average in the spring game … was Ohio State’s first commitment to its 2006 recruiting class … goes by “Beanie,” a nickname given to him by his family at a young age.

High School: 2006 Parade All-American and named the nation’s top running back … rushed for 2,134 yards and 27 touchdowns on 223 carries as a senior (9.6 avg.) … rushed for 1,939 yards and scored 20 touchdowns as a junior … was named the 2005 National Player of the Year and the No. 1 prospect in the nation by several publications … scored three TDs on his way to being selected Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-America Bowl, a game in which his East squad and coach Ted Ginn Sr. won 27-16.

Personal: Son of James and Paulette Wells … one of 11 children … favorite music artist is L-Dro … hero/idol is God … says Cuba Gooding Jr. would play him in a movie … favorite NFL player is Jim Brown … favorite former Buckeye is Antonio Pittman.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLng2 Pt ConvFumLost
2006Ohio State13NA1045765.572168.00520NANA
2007Ohio State13NA27416095.9155214.20650NANA
2008Ohio State10NA20711975.888475.90590NANA