89 Jeff Ellis

Jeff Ellis Ohio State
usaUnited States
Louisville, KY
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991

Post-OSU Update: Jeff Ellis died in February 2018 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Major: Criminology (1989-91), Undeclared (1987-88)

Weight: 245 (1991), 250 (1990), 230 (1988), 225 (1987)

1991: Media Guide: Hopes to stay injury-free this year, something he has not been able to do the past two years … played in eight games last year, starting five, but was in and out of the lineup after spraining his ankle making a touchdown catch at Indiana … wound up the year with 12 receptions for 151 yards and the one TD … top game was 3 catches for 57 yards against Illinois … played in only two games in 1989, suffering a major knee injury at USC and missing the rest of the year … worked hard last spring and is in the best shape of his career … sure-handed receiver who is doubly dangerous because of his blocking ability … ranks 11th on the all-time OSU receiving list with 61 catches.

1990: Media Guide: Suffered a major knee injury at Southern Cal last year and underwent surgery the following week … sat out the spring, but rehab has gone well and he is expected back this fall … if healthy, he will play a major role in the Buckeyes’ offense this fall … franchise-type player who can catch, has excellent downfield speed and is a devastating blocker … very good at finding an open seam in the defense and then using his body to shield off the defender to make the catch … picked on several preseason All-American teams last year … ranks 21st on the OSU career receiving list with 49

1989: Started the Oklahoma State and USC games and had two receptions before being injured.

1989: Media Guide: On the brink of stardom … excellent receiver, with speed and good, soft hands … added 25 pounds from last year and has vastly improved his blocking … has a knack for finding the open spot in the defense … has the size to shield off defenders with his body.

1988: Started all 11 games … led OSU in receiving with 40 catches for 492 yards and two touchdowns … caught at least one pass in every game … had eight receptions for 97 yards (both career highs) at Iowa … touchdowns came against Syracuse and Iowa … flirted with the school single-season reception record by a tight end (John Frank, 45, 1981 & 83).

1987: Played in eight games … started four times when OSU employed its two tight end set … caught seven passes for 63 yards and one touchdown … tap game came against Iowa — four catches for 44 yards and his lone TD.

HIGH SCHOOL: A PARADE All-America as a senior … rated one of the top high school prospects in the country … caught 36 passes for 515 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior… also earned three letters each in basketball and baseball … has the ideal size for a tight end but has the speed, moves and agility of a split end.

PERSONAL: His father, Jimmy, is a former world heavyweight boxing champion. .. ambition is to “play in the Rose Bowl.”


SeasonTeamGGSTgtRecRec YdsRec AvgRec TDLngFumLostFRKRKR Yds
1987Ohio State84NA7639.012011000
1988Ohio State1111NA4049212.325000019
1989Ohio State22NA23919.503000000
1990Ohio State84151215112.612600000
1991Ohio State7115911813.11240011-3