Bellamy A Two-Sport Standout

Ohio State welcomed in a three-star defensive tackle prospect when Adam Bellamy signed for the Buckeyes on National Signing Day. As it turns out, football was not his first love. Find out what was and how that sport has impacted his growth in this update.

Jim Tressel has made no secret of the fact that he likes his players to be proficient in other sports besides football. Each year on National Signing Day, the Ohio State head coach tells stories of seeing one new Buckeye tearing it up on the hardwood or the diamond or the track.

This year, he can add the ice to that list. For the first time since bringing in a three-star linebacker from Minnesota named James Laurinaitis who doubled as a hockey star, Tressel is bringing in a skater in Adam Bellamy.

On the gridiron, Ohioan likely projects as a defensive tackle. But while suiting up for John Sheridan's hockey team at Aurora, Bellamy is a defenseman for the Greenmen.

Needless to say, the site of the 6-4, 280-pound Bellamy barreling down on opponents while on ice skates is a fearful one.

"We were playing a game this year and the opposition had a kid who was about 6-3, 250 and he came running at Adam from about 30 feet and ran smack into him and it was like hitting a wall," Sheridan told "The kid went flying and that got a big charge out of our crowd."

Bellamy has been playing hockey since he was a child. Ironically, he was turned onto the sport because he was deemed too big to play football at a young age. As time went on, though, he began to turn to the gridiron as his future home.

"I'm really glad I did (play hockey) because it taught me to really push myself and work really hard," he said. "I remember being dead tired after some practices and I'm sure that helped build muscles in my legs and my core. Hockey gave me a real good base and football kind of took over and capitalized on that."

Although Bellamy has no plans to talk to OSU men's hockey coach John Markell about joining his squad, his prep hockey coach said he could have had a future in the sport had he dedicated himself to it.

"He probably skates as well as any big guy in all the divisions," Sheridan said. "It would've been interesting to see if a couple years ago it was hockey and he stuck to it because his agility and balance on skates for his size is as good as anybody.

"I'm not so sure three or four years ago in his freshman year as a hockey player, if he didn't pick football and really dedicated to hockey he probably wouldn't have been playing with us this year. He would've been somewhere else (at a bigger school)."

His ability to play the sport should not come as a major surprise given his background. Tressel said Bellamy grew up in Scotland but moved to New England when he was five before again moving to Ohio in seventh grade.

"On skates, he's scary," Tressel said.

As a senior, Bellamy helped lead his team to a 15-14-0 record while recording a 3-8-11 line with 40 penalty minutes.

Some of that time spent in the sin bin was the result of some football instincts taking over, Sheridan said.

"Sometimes that has a slight disadvantage with penalties. We've had referees this year tell him that was a football play. You can't grab as much. Sometimes him and (Kevin) Carroll, their penalties are linemen penalties where they're grabbing the guy that's going by. You can't do that on ice. You can do it on the football field."

That is not to say that his skills in one sport do not translate to the other, however. In addition to the strength benefits Bellamy mentioned, Sheridan said the skills that go into balancing on skates and the agility and speed the sport requires helps Bellamy on the gridiron as well.

Although he played on both the offensive and defensive lines in high school, he will likely be on the defensive side of the ball next year in Columbus. OSU offensive line coach Jim Bollman said he has seen Bellamy play hockey and came away impressed.

"He's a big guy going up and down that ice," he said. "He's more of a defensive lineman for us, but you don't see that."

In addition to his size, Bellamy has speed that has caught the eyes of both his prep and college coaches.

"There was a play earlier in the season when one of the opponents broke loose on a breakaway and he caught the guy as if he was chasing down a quarterback," Sheridan said. "The kid was a fast skater and he came from about 25 feet behind and caught him before he got in on the goal."

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