57 John Sullivan

John Sullivan Ohio State
usaUnited States
Timberlake, OH
High School
Lake Catholic
Past Teams
Ohio State
1985, 1986, 1987, 1988

Major: Education (1988), Business Administration (1985-87)

Weight: 237 (1988), 219 (1986), 215 (1985), 253 (1984)

1988 Media Guide: A leading contender to start at one of the inside spots if he is physically able … missed all of spring practice as a result of knee surgery performed last November following the Minnesota game … coaches are hopeful he will be ready to play this fall, but won’t know for sure until he is able to test the knee in preseason drills … plays with a lot of emotion … became a favorite of OSU fans early in his career with his aggressive play on the special teams … his twin brother, Mike, starts at nose guard for the Buckeyes.

1987: Started three of the first seven games last year and was on his way to his best season before being hurt … abbreviated 1987 totals were 33 tackles and one intercepted fumble.

1987 Media Guide: Will vie with Fred Ridder for a starting linebacker berth opposite Spielman … began last season as an outside linebacker but moved to the inside early on.

1986: Played in 13 games as a sophomore and drew two starting assignments … 40 tackles as a sophomore.

1985: Started the Citrus Bowl at outside linebacker, when Kumerow had an ankle injury … won a letter, playing 11 games for a total of 30.5 minutes.

High School: A second-team all-Ohio linebacker … helped lead Lake Catholic to back-to-back berths in the state playoffs his last two years … In three years as a starting linebacker at Lake Catholic, his teams posted records of 9-1-2, 9-2 and 8-1 … took third at the state wrestling meet as a junior … captained his high school football and wrestling teams.

Personal: Hobby is skiing … one of six children … his older brother, Mark, played football at Ohio State in 1979 and ’80 and his twin brother, Mike, was part of the 1985 Buckeyes’ recruiting class … admires Dick Butkus.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsFFFRIntInt YdsPBUBlkDef TDKRKR Yds
1985Ohio State111131121919000010000
1986Ohio State132401525321218010010000
1987Ohio State733315181111021500027
1988Ohio State1198838504.01900100000000