77 Tyson Walter

Tyson Walter Ohio State
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Name
Tyson Walter
Nationality
United States
Position
OT
Birthday
3/17/1978
Hometown
Chagrin Falls, OH
High School
Kenston
Height
6'5"
Weight
300
Current Team
Ohio State
Seasons
1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001

Major: Finance (2001), Business (1997-00), Unknown (1996)

Weight: 300 (2000-01), 295 (1999), 305 (1997-98), 290 (1996)

2001 Media Guide: Tyson Walter returns to action this year after sitting out all of last year because of an infection in his lower back … applied for, and received, an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA following the 2000 season … is actually in his sixth year at Ohio State … went through spring practice with no apparent health problems and will start at his old left tackle spot … named to the Big Ten’s All-Academic team the past two years … will be a nominee for a National Football Foundation scholarship this year and an Academic All-America candidate … graduated from Ohio State at the end of the Winter Quarter 2000 with a degree in finance … is currently completing work on degrees in economics, risk management and information systems, all of which should be finished by June 2002.

2000 Season: Figured to start for the fourth-consecutive season, but sat out the year because of a back infection.

2000 Media Guide: Tyson Walter has started every single game for the past three seasons – an amazing string of 37-consecutive starts. Walter will enter his senior year as one of the most experienced offensive lineman in college football with exactly 900 minutes played in his first three seasons. Extremely athletic for a man that stands 6-5 and weighs 300 pounds, Walter brings an aura of confidence to the line and is one of the unit’s leaders. But there’s more than just size and skill to Walter, the incumbent at left tackle. “He picks up what we’re doing very well,” George Belu, offensive line coach, said. “He understands football and is very intelligent.” There’s no defensive scheme Walter hasn’t seen in his three years at Ohio State. His experience and knowledge will play a huge role in OSU re-establishing itself as one of the top rushing teams in the Big Ten Conference.

1999: Started all 12 games at left tackle … an Academic All-Big Ten selection … underwent lower back surgery for a herniated disc four months prior to the season … helped Michael Wiley rush for 952 yards and 10 touchdowns … led all offensive lineman with 286 minutes played … played a season-high 31 minutes against Minnesota.

1999 Media Guide: Tyson Walter is an energetic, enthusiastic, intelligent and hard-working football player. And he is developing into a fine football player, with two-consecutive years as the starting left tackle already on his resume. He has faced plenty of obstacles and situations in his two years as a starter, but nothing like what he faced this spring and summer, when he underwent lower back surgery for a herniated disc in May and subsequent rehabilitation throughout the summer months. The hope is that Walter will be ready to go for the Aug. 29 season opener against Miami. “Tyson has played well at a very important position along the line,” offensive line coach Mike Jacobs said. “We are hoping for a healthy recovery and for him to continue to make his presence felt.” Walter has started all 25 games the past two seasons and totaled 614 minutes of playing time.

1998: A 12-game starter at left tackle and a major reason for the Buckeyes’ offense ranking in the Top 5 nationally and tops in the Big Ten at over 500 yards per game. Named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference by the coaches and media. Tied for third on the team with 289 minutes played. Named co-offensive lineman of the week following Missouri and Minnesota victories.

1998 Media Guide: Coming off a fine spring campaign … assumed the starting left tackle position as a redshirt freshman and could easily develop into a post-season honors candidate by the time he graduates … an intelligent player who plays with a great deal of confidence … offensive line coach Mike Jacobs says Tyson “is an athletic lineman and we are looking for him to become more dominant in the running game.

1997: Stepped in for departed two-time consensus All-America and award-winning Orlando Pace at left tackle and started all 13 games … received plenty of attention as Pace’s replacement, but
handled it extremely well … played a team-high 325 minutes, including 35 against Florida State in the Nokia Sugar Bowl … has added 25 pounds since enrolling at Ohio State.

1997 Media Guide: Played in the first two games last year as a true freshman, but then sat out the rest of the season because of a chronically sore left shoulder … healthy enough in spring practice to nail down a starting spot at left tackle, replacing two-time All-America Orlando Pace who has departed for the NFL … has added 25 pounds since last fall and has significantly improved
his strength … is inexperienced right now, but has a chance to be a very good football player and could be a fixture on the left side for the next few years … surprisingly confident for a young player.

High School: Played offensive and defensive tackle as a senior at Chagrin Falls High School … Tallied 59 tackles as a senior and 147 in three years … Also had 11 tackles for loss (three sacks) and one interception as a senior … All-America selection by SuperPrepAssociated Press first-team All-Ohio (Division III) … All-conference and all-county choice … Rated the 26th best offensive lineman in the country by SuperPrep and the 28th best player in the Midwest … Rated the seventh best offensive lineman in the Midwest by Bluechip Illustrated … Rated the 22nd best player in the Midwest by Prep Football Report … Rated the 16th best player in Ohio by Ohio Football Recruiting News … Three-year starter and letter winner … threw the shotput as a sophomore … helped lead Chagrin to a league title and the state finals as a senior, going 12-2 … played in the annual Ohio-Pennsylvania Big 33 all-star game … High school coach was Mike Knepp.

Personal: Chose Ohio State because of “the chance to play early, being part of one of the top recruiting classes in the country and I liked the coaches” … Is undecided on major … has two brothers … full name is Tyson Barrett Walter.

Offense

SeasonTeamGGS
1996Ohio State20
1997Ohio State1313
1998Ohio State1212
1999Ohio State1212
Total-3937