- Nicky Sualua
- United States
- Santa Ana, CA
- High School
- Mater Dei
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
Major: Mathematics (1995-96), Undecided (1994), Unknown (1993)
Weight: 250 (1996), 245 (1995), 251 (1994), 240 (1993)
1996 Media Guide: The incumbent at fullback … started 10 games there last year and eight in 1994 … has been used mostly as a blocker and is a devastating force when clearing the way for OSU’s tailbacks … A determined runner, who fights for extra yardage when he does carry the ball, averaging 5.5 yards per carry on 20 attempts lust year … top rushing game was 41 yards at
Wisconsin, including a career-best 24-yard run, on a season-high four carries … also caught 17 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns (against Washington and Pittsburgh) … did not start the first two games last year because he was playing his way back into shape after missing much of fall camp because of academic responsibilities … has become a crowd favorite of Buckeye
fans because of his battering ram running style … on the verge of becoming an excellent football player and could play a key role in the OSU offense this fall.
1995 Media Guide: Moved into the starting lineup last year after starter Alex Rodriguez was forced to give up football because of a potentially dangerous spinal cord condition … made his first start against Illinois and was a regular the rest of the way … played almost every down the last half of the season because the Buckeyes’ only other fullback, Matt Calhoun, also was injured … tough, hard-nosed football player, who fights for extra yardage and isn’t afraid to block … used primarily as a blocker for Eddie George and his blocks sprang the Buckeye tailback on several long runs during the course of the year … did carry the ball 25 times and averaged a team-best 5.6 yards per carry … also caught seven passes for 70 yards … top game in terms of yardage was 44 yards against Alabama (including a 19-yard run) … had two receptions for 35 yards and a 13-yard run in the Buckeyes’ win over Michigan … should figure more prominently in the OSU attack this year.
1994 Media Guide: Will challenge for playing time at fullback this fall … solid, compact athlete who should develop into a solid blocker … worked hard in the spring as one of just two scholarship players seeing full-time duty at fullback.
1993: Redshirted … had one carry and one reception for the victorious Gray team in the spring game.
High School: Missed five games as a senior with an ankle injury, but still rushed for 563 yards on 85 carries (6.6 yards per attempt) and scored nine touchdowns … six of his TDs came in a first-round state playoff game … known as a solid blocker who also shows good agility as a runner … helped team finish 13-1 during his sophomore season and win the state championship … also played end on defense … won a state weightlifting title as a senior.
Personal: Has a brother who plays football for the University of Oregon and an uncle who once played at Penn State … high school coach was Bruce Rollinson … hobbies are sports, weightlifting, reading and listening to reggae music … plans on majoring in math.
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