8 Jeff Cothran

Jeff Cothran Ohio State
usaUnited States
Middletown, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1991, 1992, 1993

Pronunciation: KOTH-run

Major: Sports and Leisure Studies (1992-93), Undecided (1990-91)

Jersey #: 29 (1993), 8 (1991-92)

Weight: 231 (1993), 235 (1992), 215 (1991)

1993: Media Guide: Returns for his second season as the starting fullback … an all-star candidate who is in the mold of the great Ohio State fullbacks of the past … has the complete package — power, speed, good hands and is a solid blocker … will be the workhorse of the backfield … had some off-season surgery on both knees, and was held out of spring practice to avoid more wear and tear … makes big plays on the quick trap and is a punishing runner with the ball in the open field … turned in an outstanding junior season when he ranked third on the team in rushing with 410 yards and three touchdowns and fourth in receptions with 19 for another 207 yards … perhaps biggest contributions were as a blocker, as he helped spring Buckeye tailbacks several times for long runs … the conference head coaches selected him second team all-Big Ten, and he was an honorable mention choice by the media … ran for a season-high 93 yards against Minnesota … scored touchdowns against Louisville, Iowa and Indiana … had a 40-yard run at Iowa … did not start three games When the Buckeyes opened with a one-back set.

1992: Media Guide: Emerged from spring practice with a vice-like grip on the fullback spot vacated by the graduation of three-year starter Scottie Graham … punishing inside runner with explosive speed … hits the hole in a hurry and is very difficult to bring down once he gets in the secondary … has added 20 pounds since last year … likes to block and should be even more effective this year with the additional weight … made an impressive college debut last year, coming off the bench to rush for 105 yards and a touchdown in the season opener against Arizona … started the following week against Louisville in place of the injured Graham and had 61 yards on 10 carries … wound up playing in all 12 games and averaging a team best 6.5 yards per carry … had a 39-yard run against Arizona and a 34-yarder against Louisville … broke a number of other big plays on the quick trap … has the strength to pick up additional yardage even when he has two or three defenders trying to wrestle him down … lost two yards on 43 attempts last year (one against Northwestern and one at Minnesota) … bruised hands and a sprained left knee somewhat limited his playing time last season … also plays on the special teams … a tough football player who can also play tailback.

1991: Media Guide: Ineligible last year per NCAA entrance requirements … highly touted running back at Middletown, where he earned all-state and All-America honors as a senior … will begin the year at tailback, but might also get a look at fullback because of his size … impressive athlete who hopes to make a comeback after a year away from the game.

1990: Ineligible to play.

High School: Ran for 1,850 and 21 touchdowns as a senior … top game was 348 yards on 22 carries … three-year starter with the Middies, including a year at tight end … Middies were 17-5 his last two years.

Personal: List Eric Dickerson as his favorite running back … hobbies include watching television.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLngFumLostFR
1991Ohio State121432816.52333612.0039110
1992Ohio State129984104.23282020710.4040220
1993Ohio State1210451894.21231621213.3139440