97 Joe Metzger

Joe Metzger Ohio State
usaUnited States
Centerville, OH
High School
Kettering Alter
Current Team
Ohio State
1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992

Major: Marketing (1992), Business (1989-91)

Weight: 243 (1992), 235 (1991), 237 (1990), 220 (1989), 228 (1988)

1992 Media Guide: Has never caught a pass during his collegiate career, but heads into the 1992 season as the No. 1 tight end … easily the most pleasant surprise of the spring … coachable, hard working and hungry for a chance to leave his mark … good blocker because of his exceptional upper body strength … has good hands and surprising speed … even though he has seen only limited action during his career at Ohio State, the coaching staff is very confident in Metzger’s ability to get the job done … came to OSU as a linebacker, but was moved to tight end in the spring of 1990 … most of his playing time in prior seasons came as a special teams player … totaled 58 minutes in 12 games last year and did start the Minnesota game … solid in all areas.

1991 Media Guide: Reserve tight end who is in just his second year at the position … played a total of 31 minutes in nine games last year, mostly with the special teams … had no receptions … could see more playing time this year because of a lack of depth at tight end … does have good speed (holds his high school record for the 100) and is a good athlete.

1990 Media Guide: Good athlete who played outside linebacker last year … moved to tight end last spring to bolster OSU’s depth there … was a high school tight end and should be a valuable addition once he reacquaints himself with his old position … has good speed (holds the Centerville High record in the 100-meter dash).

1990: Moved to tight end for the first time … played in nine games for a total of 31 minutes, almost all of that on special teams.

1989: Played in eight games, seeing action both at OLB and on the specialty teams … had three tackles.

1989 Media Guide: Will play on the rush side and will be a solid backup once he acquires experience … tough player who works hard and has shown a good understanding of his position … possesses outstanding speed and should become a good pass rusher … has put on 15 pounds since last year and has greatly improved his strength.

1988: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: An all-Southwest Ohio and honorable mention all-state selection at tight end as a senior … also played defensive line and linebacker and had 218 career tackles to go along with his 26 lifetime receptions … had 119 tackles as a senior, while catching 16 passes … lettered four years in track … holds school record for 100 meters and was a regional qualifier in the 200-meter dash.


SeasonTeamGGSTgtRecRec YdsFum
1989Ohio State800000
1990Ohio State800000
1991Ohio State900000
1992Ohio State501120


1989Ohio State803030
1990Ohio State801010
1991Ohio State905230
1992Ohio State500000