16 Jim Karsatos

Jim Karsatos Ohio State
usaUnited States
Fullerton, CA
High School
Sunny Hills
Past Teams
Ohio State
1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986

Post-OSU Update: Jim Karsatos was selected by the Miami Dolphins with the 322nd pick (12th-round) of the 1987 NFL Draft. He spent three years with the Dolphins, but did not play a regular season game. After football, Karsatos became a financial advisor. (updated: Feb. 2024)

Pronunciation: Car-SOT’-ose

Major: Communications (1985-86), Pre-Medicine (1981-82)

Weight: 224 (1986), 214 (1985), 228 (1984), 220 (1983), 218 (1982)

1986 Media Guide: Voted offensive captain of the 1986 Ohio State team.

1985: After two years as a backup quarterback, Karsatos started all 12 games in 1985 and played extremely well … set school season-records by completing 61.2 percent of his passes and by throwing 19 touchdowns … threw at least one touchdown pass in 10 games, missing only in the Iowa and BYU contests … his best of many good games came against Northwestern when he completed 16 of 20 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns.

1985 Media Guide: After two years as a highly capable understudy to Mike Tomczak, Jim is ready to take over as the Buckeye starter at quarterback … has started three games over a two-year period, and has guided Ohio State to victory each time … an excellent passer with great range … more mobile with the loss of 16 pounds … has completed 37 of 68 passes for 656 yards and four touchdowns over a two-year period for Ohio State … enrolled at Ohio State in the winter of 1982 and was redshirted that year.

1983: Played in seven games for a total of 68 minutes … started against Michigan State and completed nine of 16 for 170 yards and one touchdown under adverse game conditions … completed 14 of 30 for 322 yards for the season.

1982: Did not play.

1981: Reported to Ohio State in August of 1981 with an injured knee … when the diagnosis called for surgery, Jim returned home for the operation and enrolled at Ohio State in the winter of 1982.

High School: Passed for 4,426 yards and 40 touchdowns at Sunny Hills High, where he was Orange County “Player of the Year” as a senior in 1980 … completed 188 of 316 passes for 2,825 yards and 23 touchdowns his senior year … ran for five touchdowns his senior year … top football thrill came when his team scored three touchdowns in the final six minutes to overcome a 17-0 deficit … an honor student.

Personal: Hobby is music.


SeasonTeamGGSCompPass AttCmp %Pass YdsPass TDPass IntRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDLngFumLostFR
1983Ohio State71143046.6322218-10-1.202410
1984Ohio State42233860.53342210151.5113101
1985Ohio State121217728961.2231119865390.6222823
1986Ohio State131314527253.321221310471282.7329302