42 William Houston

William Houston Ohio State
usaUnited States
Trotwood, OH
High School
Current Team
Ohio State
1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993

Major: Criminology (1991-93), Communications (1990), Undeclared (1989)

Weight: 260 (1992-93), 240 (1991), 245 (1990), 235 (1989)

1993 Media Guide: Has settled in as the No. 2 fullback behind returning starter Jeff Cothran … has improved tremendously since the midway point of last season, and, combined with Cothran, gives the Buckeyes an outstanding pair of senior fullbacks … ran with the first team during spring practice when Cothran was held out of drills and did a solid job … gained 31 yards on five carries in the spring game and scored on a one-yard plunge … the coaches believe they can spell Cothran more this fall and not lose a beat by inserting Houston … devastating blocker and short-yardage runner … is extremely hard to bring down once he builds up a head of steam … played in 10 games last season for a total of 49 minutes … longest stint was 10 minutes at Michigan State … was used mostly as a blocker, and rushed for 25 yards on nine carries … gained 12 yards on his only carry against Minnesota, and scored his only TD on a 1-yard plunge at Iowa … also has worked hard to control his weight … was tried at tight end and nose guard early in his career.

1992 Media Guide: Could be the person the coaching staff is looking for to give starter Jeff Cothran a rest from time to time … devastating blocker and short-yardage runner, but needs to stay below 245 pounds to maintain his quickness … coaches are hoping he can shed 15 pounds by the start of fall camp and lock up the No. 2 spot with a good August … a favorite of OSU fans because of his battering ram running style … determined runner who is extremely hard to bring down once he builds up a head of steam … played briefly in three games last year and carried the ball for three yards and two touchdowns … has 43 yards on 12 career carries and has yet to be thrown for a loss … played middle guard for a brief time last spring and weighed 275.

1991 Media Guide: The Buckeyes’ biggest back … got his feet wet last year, carrying the ball 9 times for 40 yards … did  not lose any yardage … power runner who has quickly become a favorite of Ohio State fans because of the way he runs over would-be tacklers … lost ten pounds last winter in an effort to increase his quickness … still needs to work on his blocking, but has improved in that area … coaches have high hopes for him … expect him to play in short-yardage and goal-line situations.

1990 Media Guide: Redshirted as a freshman … big, strong back who can get tough yardage inside and is difficult to bring down … needs to become more consistent as a blocker, but did show improvement in the spring … coaches are anxious to see what he can do in a game situation … enters the season at the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

1989: Redshirted.

HIGH SCHOOL: An all-Southwest Ohio pick by AP … an all-area and all-league choice as a senior … rushed for 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior … averaged 7.3 yards per carry as a senior and 7.6 as a junior … also punted and averaged 42 yards per kick as a senior … his high school posted back-to-back 9-1 records his final two years … 55-3 as a heavyweight wrestler his last two years … captained the wrestling team.

Personal: Enjoys listening to music … nickname is “Patches”.


SeasonTeamGGSRush AttRush YdsRush TDTgtRecRec YdsRec TDLngFumKRKR YdsKR TD
1990Ohio State809400000090000
1991Ohio State30332000020000
1992Ohio State7092511000120000
1993Ohio State111100216060180