68 Winfield Garnett

Winfield Garnett Ohio State
usaUnited States
Riverdale, IL
High School
Thornton Township
Current Team
Ohio State
1994, 1995, 1996, 1997

Major: Technology Education (1997), Industrial Technology (1996), Engineering (1995), Unknown (1994)

Weight: 305 (1996-97), 310 (1995), 330 (1994)

1997 Media Guide: The lone returnee on the defensive line … big, strong, quick player who is capable of dominating the line of scrimmage … did not get a lot of credit last season playing alongside the likes of Luke Fickell, Mike Vrabel and Matt Finkes, but clearly played a major part in the success of the OSU defense, which allowed just one runner all year long to top the 100-yard plateau … should be one of the defensive leaders this year.

1996: Played well in his first year as a starter, finishing the season with 27 tackles, including five tackles for loss, a pair of sacks and two passes broken up … played extremely well in OSU’s come-from-behind win over Wisconsin, collecting a season-high five tackles.

1996 Media Guide: Expected to take over for Matt Bonhaus at defensive tackle … gives the Buckeyes a dominating physical presence inside and has the potential to be an impact player … has the OSU coaching staff excited after a very impressive spring showing … played in 11 games last year, with most of his playing time coming in short-yardage situations … wound up the year with nine tackles, including three for loss and a sack and, at times, seems unstoppable … tackles for loss came against Boston College (a sack), Washington and Pitt … two tackles at Minnesota was
his top game in terms of number of tackles … longest stints were 11 minutes against Boston College and 10 vs. Pittsburgh … got almost all the reps in the spring and should benefit greatly from that individual attention … ready to come into his own.

1995: backed up Matt Bonhaus at tackle and appeared in 11 games for a total of 72 minutes … saw most of his action in short-yardage situations.

1995 Media Guide: Highly thought of player who is being counted on to provide depth on the defensive line … will play behind Matt Bonhaus at tackle … big, strong, talented athlete with a bright future … began the 1994 season as a defensive tackle, but was switched to offensive guard in August … moved back to defense midway through the regular season … appeared in six games
for a total of 36 minutes (most of those on offense) … longest stint was 17 minutes against Houston … did play six minutes on defense against Purdue.

1994: Played in six games as a true freshman … began the year on defense, was moved to offensive guard for a short spell, and then went back to defense … total playing time was 36 minutes, 17 of those coming on offense against Houston.

High School: Earned All-America honors on offense from Tom Lemming’s Prep Football Report … enjoyed a standout senior year on both sides of the ball … in his first season at Thornton Township (Harvey, IL) after transferring from Westchester, IL., St. Joseph, the same school that produced current Buckeye basketball center Gerald Eaker … also a standout high school wrestler who was 32-1 as a junior, and was on the track team as a senor … high school coach was Bill Mosel.

Personal: Hobbies include playing basketball and weight lifting … Likes to relax by spending time with his friends, especially teammates Juan Porter, Eric Gohlstin and John Lumpkin.


SeasonTeamGGSTklSoloAsstTFLTFL YdsSacksSack YdsPBU
1994Ohio State5000000000
1995Ohio State1109452.570.530
1996Ohio State12122716115152102
1997Ohio State131347331410444290