The Breakdown: Fullbacks

Some wondered whether the fullback tradition at Ohio State was dying early in the 2009 season, but that question was a moot point by the end of the year thanks to a standout freshman season by Zach Boren. The central Ohio native returns in 2010 along with his position mates to make up a group that hopes to a dependable part of an explosive offense.

44 – Zach Boren
6-0, 252
Pickerington (Ohio) Central
Career: A three-star prospect who enrolled in January 2009 as a linebacker, Boren battled through a spring knee injury before moving to fullback by the time the season rolled around. That proved to be a fortuitous decision as Boren had an excellent year for a true freshman, leading the way for OSU's ground-based attack near the end of the season. Starting five games including the season opener, he also caught four passes for 23 yards and a touchdown during one of the more impressive first-year campaigns in recent memory.

Standout Performances: Caught an 8-yard touchdown pass vs. Indiana. … Had two catches for 9 yards against Penn State and also hounded Nittany Lions All-America linebacker Sean Lee all day.

Honors And Accomplishments: Was named the outstanding first-year offensive player by the OSU coaches.

Outlook: Boren, a high school tailback and the brother of OSU starting lineman Justin Boren, figures to be part of the attack again as a smart, tough lead blocker who is also athletic enough to make plays with the ball in his hands.

PlayerComment: "I went back and watched some of the film against Navy and USC and I could definitely tell I was a young guy. I've definitely learned a lot this year."

49 – Adam Homan
6-2, 238
Coldwater, Ohio
Career: Homan, another three-star prospect as ranked by Scout, entered as the leading candidate for the fullback job in 2009 before being passed by Boren. A similar player to Boren right down to the fact that his brother, linebacker Ross Homan, is on the team, Homan still saw time when OSU went to jumbo packages.

Outlook: Homan will still play special teams and see the field when OSU goes big, and he must be ready to go at a moment's notice given the physical nature of the fullback position.

37 James Georgiades (5-11, 240): A sophomore, Georgiades helps the Buckeyes on special teams and is a solid fullback when needed. The North Canton (Ohio) Hoover product is simply a hard-nosed football player who can help the team in many ways.

Committed for 2011 – None

2011 Prospects – None

Top 2012 Prospects – None

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