- United States
- Lorain, OH
- High School
- Admiral King
- Current Team
- Ohio State
- 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993
Major: Communications (1991-92), Undecided (1989-90)
Weight: 220 (1993), 226 (1992), 220 (1990-91), 210 (1989)
1993: Media Guide: Will battle for the starting tailback position again this fall along with classmate Butler By’not’e and a number of underclassmen … came out of spring ball No. 1 at tailback last year, but a sprained ankle in early fall drills kept him out of the opener… the injury continued to nag him during most of the season, and it flared up again early in spring practice … came back to perform well late in the spring … he and By ‘not’e ended last season sharing the backup role to Robert Smith at tailback … appeared in 10 games and started against Syracuse, Illinois and Northwestern … finished second on the squad with 463 rushing yards and scored five TDs … ran for a season-high 94 yards against Bowling Green and scored a career-best three touchdowns vs. Northwestern … if he can stay healthy, he will definitely see plenty of playing time this fall, whether he starts or not … is difficult to bring down because of his strength, low running style and knack for breaking tackles … probably the best Buckeye runner from tackle to tackle.
1992: Media Guide: Projected himself into the starting tailback picture with a strong spring showing and is clearly the person to beat out in the battle to succeed Carlos Snow … tough, durable back who can carry the ball 20 to 25 times per game … has the power to go inside and the speed to get around the corner … combination of speed, size and power make him an ideal ball carrier in goal line and short-yardage situations … also spent some time at fullback in the spring and could see action there in the fall … improved his blocking noticeably in the spring … played in 10 games last year, but totaled just 78 minutes … 73 yards on 15 carries at Illinois and 69 yards at Minnesota on just eight carries were his best efforts of the year … scored his lone touchdown of the year against Wisconsin.
1991: Media Guide: Can play either tailback or fullback, but will probably concentrate on the latter this fall … alternated at both positions last year … big, strong, punishing runner who has the speed to run away from defenders … OSU’s second leading rusher last year with 519 yards on 119 carries … tied Robert Smith for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with 8 … played 11 games, missing the Iowa game because of a knee injury that required scoping at the end of the year … was OSU’s best goal-line runner in 1990 … calls himself an “ultra back” … top game was 118 yards against Illinois … had 96 yards and two touchdowns at Boston College.
1990: Media Guide: Outstanding young tailback prospect with size and speed … will contend with Dante Lee for a starting berth … gives the Buckeyes the big tailback look they haven’t had in recent years … played very well in the spring … powerful runner who is very difficult to bring down … has 4.5 speed … hard worker and very serious about being a good football player … has added 10 pounds since last year.
1989: Sustained a minor foot injury at the start of fall practice and was redshirted.
HIGH SCHOOL: Named to an honorable mention all-state berth as a senior even though he played in just three games before suffering a season ending injury (broken collarbone) … three game totals were 687 yards and eight touchdowns … career running back totals were 1,419 yards in just seven games … injured throughout much of his high school career, but averaged 200 yards a game in the contests he did play in … rushed for 743 yards as a junior, averaging 6.5 yards per carry … ran for 332 yards and five touchdowns against Lorain as a senior, setting four school records and tying a fifth in the game … also played baseball and ran track.
PERSONAL: Nickname in high school was “Quiet Storm.”
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