53 Ivan Douglas

Ivan Douglas Ohio State
usaUnited States
University Heigts, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

Post-OSU Update: Ivan Douglas’ collegiate football career was truncated by lung clots, forcing him to miss time in 2001 and 2003. After football, he briefly pursued a career in football, first as a student coach and then with the Cleveland Browns. After football, he worked several professions before settling on social work. In 2021, Douglas died due to complications with COVID-19. He had just started a master’s program in social work at Case Western Reserve. Read more. (updated: Oct. 2022)

Major: Criminology (2001-03), Business (1999-00)

Weight: 305 (2002-03), 295 (2000-01), 310 (1999)

2003 Media Guide: Ivan Douglas is a fifth-year senior … expected to start at left tackle where he was a regular a year ago … has played in 23 games and has 15 career starts to his credit … played surprisingly well last year after missing the entire 2001 season because of a blood clot in his lung … played in all 14 of the Buckeyes games last year, but saw only limited action against Indiana because of a sprained ankle suffered the week before at Cincinnati … started at right tackle against both San Jose State and Penn State when Shane Olivea was on the shelf and turned in a solid effort at an unfamiliar position … big, strong player who is coming off his best year … one of last year’s most improved performers.

2002 Season: Showed no ill effects in the fall from a blood clot in his lung that caused him to miss the 2001 campaign … emerged from fall camp as the starter at left tackle and started 11 of the Buckeyes’ 14 games … was the offensive co-captain at Cincinnati … logged a total of 339 minutes of playing time.

2002 Media Guide: Coaches hope Ivan Douglas can take over as the starter at right tackle, a move that would allow incumbent Shane Olivea to move to the left side as a replacement for Tyson Walter, who graduated … big, strong, physical player … was a key reserve in 2000, but missed all of the 2001 season with a blood clot in his lung … was able to practice in the spring and received the majority of the “reps” at his position … hopes to build on that foundation in the fall and lock up a starting spot.

2001 Season: Missed the first five games of the year with a blood clot in his lung, which was discovered at the beginning of spring practice 2001 … given medical clearance to return to practice the week of the Northwestern game (game 4), but did not see any game action during the year … was expected to be the third tackle and the No. 1 backup on both sides and was being counted
on to add quality depth and experience up front, but all that changed in the spring.

2001 Media Guide: Ivan Douglas was expected to be the third tackle and the No. 1 backup on both sides this year, but missed spring practice with a blood clot in his lung and may not be able to play in the fall … his loss depletes an already paper thin area and leaves the Buckeyes with just two tackles (Adrien Clarke and Tyson Walter) with any game experience … will not play in the fall unless given a complete clean bill of health by the OSU medical staff.

2000 Season: Started the first two games at left tackle and then backed up Clarke for the remainder of the season … saw action in nine games … played 12 minutes against South Carolina.

2000 Media Guide: Ivan Douglas continues to improve and work toward earning playing time after being placed on scholarship last spring. He comes from a highly-successful program and is one in a long line of massive Ohio State lineman on the roster. “Ivan has really good size,” George Belu, offensive line coach, said. “He needs to work on technique and get lower in his run blocking. I think it’s only a matter of time before he gets his technique down. He can be a very good player for us.”

1999: Redshirted.

1999 Media Guide: Ivan Douglas was put on scholarship this spring and practiced through his first spring drills as a Buckeye. Offensive line coach Mike Jacobs: “We are very happy to have Ivan Douglas on the playing field. He comes from a state champion high school program and he is massive.

Personal: Played on powerful Cleveland Benedictine teams that won the state championship when Douglas was a junior in 1996 and went 10-1 in 1997. The son of Roxie Douglas and Cornelius Douglas. Born March 17, 1980.


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2000Ohio State92
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