19 Tom Tupa

Tom Tupa Ohio State
usaUnited States
Brecksville, OH
High School
Past Teams
Ohio State
1984, 1985, 1986, 1987

Post-OSU Update: Tom Tupa was selected in the third round (68th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Phoenix Cardinals. He was initially tried at QB, making 13 starts with the Cards over three years, going 4-9 and passing for over 3,000 yards. In 1994, Tupa transitioned to full-time punter. When he retired in 2004, he had made 873 punts for a 43.4 yard per kick average. He made the Pro Bowl in 1999. (updated: Nov. 2022)

Pronunciation: TOO-PUH

Major: Communications (1986-87), Business (1984-85)

Weight: 216 (1987), 212 (1985-86), 205 (1984)

1987 Media Guide: After three years of being Ohio State’s regular punter and a backup quarterback, Tom Tupa is ready to take over as starter … his ability to scramble adds a dimension to the Buckeye offense … has a strong, accurate arm … a key player for the Buckeyes in 1987 because he is the only quarterback with college experience … the finest punter in Ohio State history, averaging 43.7 yards per punt over three seasons … elected a captain in 1987.

1986: Completed 30 of 49 passes for 398 yards and three touchdowns in 1986.

1986 Media Guide: The top quarterback replacement behind Karsatos … completed seven of 13 passes in 1985 … has good mobility … an outstanding punter who averaged 47.1 yards in 1984 and 41.8 last year … led the nation in net punting as a freshman with an average of 44.1 yards per kick … will be Ohio State’s best punt ever if he can maintain his present 44.3 average.

1985 Media Guide: Will challenge Karsatos to start at quarterback … impressive in the two spring games, completing 30 of 46 passes for 317 yards.

1984: Led the nation in net punting in 1984 with an average of 44.1 and was fifth in punting average, 47.1 … in five games he had a punt of 60 yards or more, including a 70-yarder against Wisconsin.

1984 Media Guide: A strong candidate to take over Ohio State’s punting duties this fall.

High School: Quarterbacked Brecksville High to a state championship in 1983 … completed 56 passes for 753 yards and eight touchdowns in 1983 … averaged 44.8 yards per punt his senior year … also kicked four of five field goals and 20 of 22 extra points in 1983 … averaged 20.8 points per game and 12 rebounds his senior year in basketball … was a pitcher and shortstop in baseball.

Personal: Hobbies are golf and racquetball.


SeasonTeamGGSCompPass AttCmp %Pass YdsPass TDPass IntSkdSkd YdsRush AttRush YdsRush AvgRush TDLngFumLostFRTB
1984Ohio State120000000003-23-7.300000NA
1985Ohio State12071358.36800NANA4112.807000NA
1986Ohio State130304961.239832NANA23180.809000NA
1987Ohio State111113424255.41786121019-17072450.642151210


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstFRPtPt YdsPunt AvgTBI20Pt Blkd
1984Ohio State120000045211841.1NANANA
1985Ohio State120000050209241.8NA170
1986Ohio State130110056239142.7NA181
1987Ohio State1111000263296347.010191