33 John Kerr

John Kerr Ohio State
usaUnited States
Strongsville, OH
High School
St. Ignatius
Current Team
Ohio State
2004, 2005, 2006

Post-OSU Update: John Kerr was not selected in the 2007 NFL Draft, but he did spend some time in camp with the Minnesota Vikings. After football, Kerr has worked in sales. (updated: Mar. 2023)

Major: Consumer Affairs (2006), Exploring (2004-05)

Weight: 233 (2006), 246 (2004-05)

2006 Media Guide: The probable starter at mike linebacker, replacing graduated Anthony Schlegel … did not see any action with the Buckeyes in 2004 and only limited playing time in 2005 behind Ohio State’s trio of outstanding linebackers – Schlegel, All-American A.J. Hawk and Bobby Carpenter … played a total of 31 minutes last year with most of the time coming with the special teams … finished the 2005 season with 14 tackles … is an aggressive, tough football player, who has been anxiously awaiting his turn to step into the starting lineup at Ohio State … that turn should come this year … counting Indiana and Ohio State, he has played 24 games with 12 starts and has 128 tackles to his credit … played well in the spring and gave signs of being a leader on an otherwise young linebacker corps.

2005: Played in all 12 games … longest stint by far was 10 minutes against Miami in the season opener … had three games with three tackles – Miami, Indiana and Northwestern.

2005 Media Guide: Did not play last year so hopes to get back into the swing of things this year after a two-year layoff … heads into the fall as a backup to All-American A.J. Hawk on the outside … is a good athlete and will factor in with the special teams … not permitted to receive an athletic scholarship at Ohio State since he transferred in from another Big Ten school, so he is paying his own way … is an aggressive, hard-nosed football player … there was some talk of moving him to fullback, but that dialogue seems to have run its course.

2004: Was a member of the special teams but did not see any game action.

2004 Media Guide: John Kerr began his career at Indiana where he starred as a freshman in 2002 … transferred to Ohio State following his rookie campaign in Bloomington … sat out the 2003 season while serving a year-in-residence requirement under NCAA transfer rules … Big Ten rules prohibit Ohio State from granting him a scholarship so he is paying his own way to play for the Buckeyes … enters the fall vying for time at the middle linebacker spot … aggressive, nose-to-the-ball type player … will have three years of eligibility at Ohio State.

2003: Did not play while satisfying NCAA transfer rules while in Columbus … worked out and practiced with the Buckeyes.

2002: Led Indiana in tackles with 114 (75 solo, 39 assisted) … the only Hoosier freshman to start all 12 games (first two at outside linebacker and last 10 at middle linebacker) … led all Big Ten freshmen in tackles overall and in league games … was the team’s leading tackler in four games, including Ohio State when he recorded 10 … followed that effort with a career-high 13-tackle performance in a come-from-behind 32-29 triumph over eventual Alamo Bowl champion Wisconsin … matched his career-high 13 tackles against Penn State and also recorded his first career interception in that game … other double digit tackle efforts included 12 each at Illinois, at Purdue and at Utah … made nine tackles against Iowa and had eight stops each at Kentucky, against Central Michigan and against Michigan State.

High School: Recorded 230 tackles and 17 sacks helping St. Ignatius to the state title … two-time all-state selection, Cuyahoga County Player-of-the-Year … member of the North/South All-Star squad … Sports Illustrated Honorable Mention All-American … All-Midwest Region by Prep Star … Ohio Defensive Player-of-the-Year.

Personal: Is the son of Bill and Susan Kerr … has four siblings, Bill, Luke (played football at Bowling Green), Josh and Katie … biggest risk he has taken to date was leaving Indiana for Ohio State … if he were not playing football, might be found playing baseball for the Buckeyes … hopes to travel to Cancun someday … favorite president is Ronald Reagan.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TD
2005Ohio State120147700000000000
2006Ohio State11NA267191.51000000100