- United States
- TE, OG
- Hamilton, OH
- High School
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
Post-OSU Update: After his football career at Ohio State, Mike Gurr began a career in business covering sales and operations roles. He is currently a senior project manager for the city of Hamilton, OH. (updated: Apr. 2022)
Major: Sport & Leisure Studies (2000)
Jersey #: 65 (1997-00), 80 (1996)
Weight: 290 (1999-00), 270 (1997-98), 250 (1996)
2000 Media Guide: After just three practices this spring, Mike Gurr had already made a favorable impression on first-year offensive line coach George Belu. “I can tell there’s some want in him,” Belu said. “Mike has been a pleasant surprise so far. He really wants to be good. He asks good questions in meetings and works on things after practice. His attitude can carry him a long way.” Gurr’s huge 6-7, 290-pound frame won’t hurt either. A fifth-year senior, Gurr is listed as the projected starter at left guard. He’s a three year academic All-Big Ten selection.
1999: Played in all 12 games and started the first five at left guard … an Academic All-Big Ten selection and an OSU Scholar-Athlete … logged 115 minutes of playing time, the highest total of his career to this point … played a season-high 23 minutes in the season opener against Miami, a game in which he made his first career start.
1999 Media Guide: Mike Gurr is a tough football player and a fine athlete who has switched from tight end to offensive guard and who could see plenty of playing time this fall. Up 20 pounds and now playing at 290 pounds, Gurr worked out all spring as the starting left guard, experience that will almost guarantee him a chance at more playing time this fall. One of the team’s tallest lineman, Gurr is a veteran of 21 games and 107 minutes in his first two seasons of play.
1998: The backup all season to All-American Rob Murphy at the left guard position … played in all 12 games and totaled 81 minutes of playing time … played a season and career-high 18 minutes in the win over Indiana and he also played 15 minutes against Toledo.
1998 Media Guide: One of the team’s tallest linemen, he has shuffled around the line between tight end and right and left guard … concentrated on the left guard position this spring and enters fall camp as the backup to all-American Rob Murphy … has good quickness for an interior lineman and good hands for the tight end position … a two-time honoree as an OSU Scholar-Athlete and an academic all-Big Ten honoree.
1997: Played at the tight end position and was used exclusively as a blocker … did not catch a pass, but did play in nine games, logging a total of 26 minutes … began the campaign as a backup offensive guard, but was shifted to tight end midway through the year, a move designed to give the Buckeyes more depth at tight end and made possible because of the development of a number of younger players inside.
1997 Media Guide: Redshirted last year as a true freshman … came to Ohio State as a tight end, but was shifted inside in the spring in an effort to help offset heavy graduation losses on the interior line … seemed to make the move with relative ease and should be an excellent guard because of his combination of size, speed and mobility … was known for his blocking ability in high school … spent the spring on the right side.
High School: Caught 12 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns as a senior at Hamilton High School … also a devastating blocker … pulled down 17 catches as a junior for 250 yards and one TD … All America selection by Tom Lemming, SuperPrep and The National Recruiting Advisor … All-district, all-city and all-conference … rated the sixth best tight end in the country by SuperPrep and the 17th best player in the Midwest region … rated the third best tight end in the Midwest by Bluechip Illustrated … Rated the 11th best tight end in the country by The National Recruiting Advisor … Ranked the 34th best player in the Midwest by Prep Football Report … An honorable mention Best of the Midwest selection by the Detroit Free Press … Rated the eighth best player in Ohio by The Ohio Football Recruiting News … Lettered three times in football and once in baseball … was part of Hamilton team that defeated Cincinnati and state powerhouse Princeton in
league play for the first time in 30 years … High school coach was Ed Mignery.
Personal: Chose Ohio State because “of the great football tradition and it is a great school” … an avid bass fisherman in his spare time … has one brother and one sister … is undecided on major … Full name is Michael Keith Gurr.
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