- United States
- LS, TE, DE
- Westlake, OH
- High School
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Major: Finance (1999)
Weight: 250 (1996-99)
1999 Media Guide: Kevin Houser has spent three years as a special teams warrior for the Buckeyes and this fall one can expect to see him a lot more on the field as part of the Ohio State offense. A gifted long snapper who has handled all of the snapping chores – in 35 games the past three years, Houser will be a key tight end performer this coming season. “Kevin has been our most consistent tight end over the past year,” tight ends coach Bill Conley said. “He is a consistent receiver and blocker and we expect him to have a great year.” One of the friendliest guys on the team, Houser is also one of the best student-athletes. Three times he has been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete and twice he has made the Big Ten Conference’s all-Academic Team.
1998: Played in all 12 games as a long snapper on special teams and also as a blocking tight end. A fractured left wrist during spring drills slowed an outstanding spring start. Caught his first collegiate pass, a 10-yard reception in the win over Indiana. Solid on special teams, recording seven tackles including six solo stops.
1998 Media Guide: An improving tight end who has been the Buckeyes’ long snapper for punts and placements for the past two years … has played in 24 games and has proven to be a steady and dependable performer … was having an outstanding spring practice at tight end until he suffered a fracture of the left wrist … has good hands and is a fine receiver, but has been used primarily as a blocker and is still looking for his first collegiate reception … his position coach, Bill Conley, says Kevin “is a student of the game and we expect to see him getting lots of playing time at tight end this fall”… a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an academic all-Big Ten honoree.
1997: Played in all 13 games as both a long snapper for all placements and punts and as a reserve tight end … played season high six minutes at Michigan State … recorded four tackles with the special teams.
1997 Media Guide: The holdover center for punts and ail placements … hopes to see additional playing time this year either at tight end or “H” back … was given the chance to redshirt last year,
but rejected it, preferring instead to play on the same team as his older brother, Bob, who was a senior … guaranteed himself playing time by winning a spot on the special teams as long snapper, even though he had not centered since the eighth grade … good young player who can help at several positions and is very team oriented … can catch the ball and is also a fine blocker … could be used in the latter capacity in short-yardage and goal-line situations.
High School: Caught 15 passes for 179 yards and five touchdowns as a senior at Westlake High School … Caught 13 passes as a junior and finished with 38 catches for 413 yards and six TDs for his career … Had 88 tackles as a senior and totaled 273 tackles and 13 sacks for his career … All-state honorable mention selection … Rated the seventh best tight end in the Midwest by Bluechip Illustrated … Rated the 60th best player in the Midwest by SuperPrep … Rated the 61st best player in the Midwest region by Prep Football Report … Rated the 20th best player in Ohio by The Ohio Football Recruiting News … Played in the Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 all-star game … High school coach is Vern Long … Lettered four times in football, four in track and twice in basketball … Co-MVP on the basketball team and a regional qualifier in track in the shotput and discus.
Personal: Chose Ohio State because “of great football and great education”… Is the younger brother of current Buckeye tight end Bob Houser … Both parents attended OSU, and his father, Tom, played for the Buckeyes from 1969-72 … Has one brother and one sister … Plans to major in business management … Full name is Kevin James Houser.
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