35 Jerry Rudzinski

Jerry Rudzinski Ohio State
usaUnited States
Centerville, OH
High School
Kettering Alter
Current Team
Ohio State
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998

Major: Finance (1997), Business (1995-96), Unknown (1994)

Weight: 220 (1995-97), 212 (1994)

1997 Media Guide: A projected starter on the outside … has been a key reserve the past two years … was the starter in the 1995 season opener against Boston College, but suffered a stress fracture the following week in practice and missed the next six games … recovered in time to play in the last five games, but never recaptured his starting position … one of the Buckeyes most experienced linebackers with 20 career games to his credit … intelligent, hardworking player.

1996: Played in all 12 games and had 13 tackles … career-high four tackles against Pittsburgh and Illinois were his top efforts … picked off his first career interception against Minnesota.

1996 Media Guide: One of the contenders to start at the boundary position … started the season opener against Boston College last year and played well in his first ever start, logging a solid 21 minutes of playing time and gaining valuable experience … but then suffered a stress fracture in his right foot the following Monday and missed the next six games … returned to action against Iowa on Oct. 28 and played six minutes against the Hawkeyes … was not able to reclaim his starting position, but did play in OSU’s last five games (Iowa to Michigan) … wound up the season with nine tackles, all solos … three tackles against Iowa and Illinois were his top games … intelligent football player who learns quickly … also a member of the special teams.

1995 Media Guide: Heads into the fall as the starter at the Buck (strong side) position, replacing Greg Bellisari who has moved inside … tough, smart, coachable football player, who has given signs of being a playmaker … needs to add weight and his lack of experience is a concern, but the OSU coaching staff likes his work ethic and attitude … got almost all the work at Buck last spring and really benefited from that attention … made dramatic improvement between the beginning and the end of spring ball.

High School: The Ohio Division II defensive player of the year and a two-time first team all-state selection (offense in 1992, defense in 1993) … earned honorable mention All-America honors from USA Today … recorded 144 tackles as a senior defensive buck with six sacks and 14 tackles for loss … as a quarterback, threw for over 1,300 yards and nine TDs and rushed for 143 yards and four scores … had 303 tackles, passed for 2,594 yards and 20 TDs and rushed for 480 yards and 12 TDs during his career … served as a two-year team captain … suffered a cracked fibula in Alter’s last game, but is expected to be 100 percent by fall practice … played basketball, and helped his team reach the state semi-finals in 1993.

Personal: His father played football at Dayton and two uncles played at Michigan State and Notre Dame, respectively … an honor student who made the honor roll every quarter … high school coach was Chris Roark … worked at a golf course last summer … from the same high school that produced recent Buckeye gridders Jeff Graham, Joe Metzger and Jim Borchers.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUDef TD
1994Ohio State000000000000000
1995Ohio State719900000000000
1996Ohio State12013580000001000
1997Ohio State13NA653926947437220020
1998Ohio State12125030201046427021021