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The book on: Ross Homan
The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Coldwater High School
The three-year starter and defensive co-captain did not perform at his junior season level in 2010, but he played a key role in helping the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten Conference in total defense the last two seasons, as Ohio State ranked fifth in the nation in that category in 2009 (262.31 ypg) and fourth in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision ranks in 2010 (262.23 ypg). In each of his last two campaigns, his unit finished fifth in the country in scoring defense (14.31 ppg in 2010 and 12.54 ppg in 2009).
Homan's drop in statistics as a senior was the result of a foot injury that sidelined him for two games. He battled turf toe problems as a sophomore that limited him to four contests that year. He would go on to make 54 appearances for the Buckeyes, the last 37 games at weak-side outside linebacker, but his short area pass coverage skills have some NFL teams also evaluating him as a potential inside linebacker.
The Lott Trophy quarter-finalist closed out his career with 287 tackles (155 solos), making seventeen of those stops behind the line of scrimmage. An effective "ball hawk," he caused three fumbles, recovered five others and also picked off seven passes while seven of his ten pass deflections came on third-down plays.
At Coldwater High School, Homan was a three-time first-team All-Ohio selection. He was Ohio's 2005 Division IV Player of the Year, as he led his team to the Division IV state title that year. He received a four-star prospect rating from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service placed him 11th among the nation's outside linebackers and 8th on their Ohio Top 60 List.
Scout.com rated him the 14th-best linebacker in the country and also accorded him four-star prospect accolades. During his career as a linebacker and running back, he was successful in recording 482 tackles (300 solos) that included 25 stops behind the line of scrimmage. He gained 2,418 yards and 40 touchdowns on 382 carries (6.33 ypc) and caught 43 passes for 737 yards (17.14 ypc) and nine scores.
Homan delivered 234 tackles (137 solos) with thirteen stops for loss while totaling 806 yards and 14 touchdowns on 167 carries (4.83 ypc) as a junior, as he also had 12 catches for 249 yards and five scores.
In his final prep season, he registered 204 tackles (119 solos), 17 of them behind the line of scrimmage and also returned his lone interception for a touchdown. On offense, he rushed 215 times for 1,412 yards (6.57 ypc) and 26 touchdowns, as he also caught 31 passes for 488 yards (15.74 ypc) and four scores.
Homan was pursued by the Buckeyes, Miami, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Southern California, but signed his letter of intent to attend Ohio State on February 7th, 2005. Having graduated early from high school, he arrived on the OSU campus in time to compete in 2006 spring camp. In thirteen games as a reserve linebacker, he totaled 28 tackles (15 solos) with a sack and his first career interception.
Homan appeared in four games while batting a turf toe injury that would eventually force him to shut down for the rest of the 2006 season. He was granted a medical hardship after posting twelve tackles (6 solos) that included a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage.
With the graduation of Marcus Freeman, Homan emerged from a 2008 preseason battle with Brian Rolle as the new starting weak-side outside linebacker. He finished fifth on the team with 67 tackles (35 solos) that included a sack and six stops for loss. He recovered two fumbles, including one that preserved a 20-17 decision over Wisconsin.
Homan led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory in 2009, as the All-Big Ten Conference second-team choice enjoyed his finest season. He led the team with 108 tackles (57 solos), eighth-best in the league. He had a pair of sacks, five stops for loss and five pass break-ups while also pulling down five interceptions.
Despite missing two games with lower foot/ankle injury, Homan was named All-Big Ten Conference first-team. He ranked second on the squad with 72 tackles (42 solos), as he caused two fumbles and recovered another. He also defended five passes, breaking up four tosses while intercepting another.
Homan started 30-of-54 games at weak-side outside linebacker, recording 287 tackles (155 solos) with five sacks for minus 35 yards and seventeen stops for losses of 55 yards, adding one quarterback pressure…Caused three fumbles and recovered five others, as he also deflected ten passes and gained 56 yards on seven interception returns (8.0 avg)… When Homan recorded 108 tackles in 2009, it marked the eighth consecutive season that the Buckeyes had a player register at least 100 tackles during a campaign.
All-American honorable mention by The NFL Draft Report and Sports Illustrated, despite sitting out the Purdue and Minnesota games with a foot/ankle injury…First-team All-Big Ten Conference choice, adding Academic All-Big Ten honors after graduating in December with a degree in Family Resource Management…The defensive co-captain was a Lott Trophy quarter-finalist and a member of the Nagurski, Lombardi and Butkus Award Watch Lists…Started eleven games at weak-side outside linebacker, finishing second on the team with 72 tackles (42 solos) that included a 1-yard sack and two stops for losses of 2 yards…Caused two fumbles and recovered another…Gained 7 yards on an interception return and deflected four other passes…Helped the Buckeyes lead the Big Ten Conference and rank fourth nationally in total defense (262.23 ypg), also leading the league while placing third in run defense (96.69 ypg) and scoring defense (14.31 ppg)…Registered a double-digit tackle performance vs. Miami…Homan delivered 51 stops vs. the ground game, holding those ball carriers to only seven first downs and a total of 197 yards, as he made seven third-down stops, adding nine more third-down hits vs. the passing attack.
An All-Big Ten Conference second-team choice, Homan was the recipient of the team's
Randy Gradishar Award (outstanding linebacker) from Ohio State coaches…Earned Big Ten Player of the week honors vs. Wisconsin and Player of the Game accolades vs. Toledo, New Mexico State and Iowa…Led the team with a career-best 108 tackles (57 solos) that included two sacks for minus 13 yards, five stops for losses of 17 yards and a QB pressure…Recovered two fumbles and caused another…Deflected five passes and had five interceptions for 44 yards in returns (8.8 avg)…With his 108 hits, 2009 marked the ninth consecutive season the Buckeyes' tackle leader hit the "century" mark…Had at least ten tackles in each of the Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan and Oregon (Rose Bowl) games, as he led a unit that ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (262.31 ypg), seventh in run defense (90.77 ypg) and fifth in scoring defense (12.54 ppg).
Homan started six games, appearing in thirteen contests at weak-side outside linebacker, earning Player of the Game honors vs. Wisconsin and Michigan State…Finished fifth on the team with 67 tackles (35 solos), adding an 8-yard sack and six stops for losses of 17 yards…Deflected a pass and recovered a fumble.
Homan appeared in the Youngstown State, Akron, Washington and Minnesota games before being granted a medical hardship due to a turf toe injury…Finished with twelve tackles (6 solos), including two stops for minus 4 yards…Had six tackles in the season opener vs. Youngstown State and a pair of stops behind the line of scrimmage in a 20-2 defeat of Akron…Added three tackles vs. Washington.
Homan played in all thirteen games as a reserve outside linebacker…The true freshman joined the team in time for spring drills and went on to record 28 tackles (15 solos) with a 13-yard sack and two stops for losses of 15 yards…Also had a 5-yard interception return while delivering five tackles vs. Northwestern…Made his collegiate debut with three tackles and a stop for a 2-yard loss vs. Northern Illinois…Delivered a 13-yard sack vs. Cincinnati and had a season-best seven stops in the Minnesota clash…Played in, but did not register any statistics vs. Florida in the BCS Championship Bowl.
2007 Season…Granted a medical hardship after the Minnesota game (9/22) due to a turf toe injury.
2010 Season…Missed the second half of the Wisconsin contest (10/16), sitting out the next two games vs. Purdue (10/23) and Minnesota (10/30) with a foot/ankle sprain.
CAMPUS AGILITY TESTS
4.68 in the 40-yard dash…1.65 10-yard dash…2.74 20-yard dash…4.34 20-yard shuttle…
7.21 three-cone drill…35.5-inch vertical jump…9'2" broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times…30 ½-inch arm length…9 7/8-inch hands…74-inch wingspan.
Attended Coldwater (Oh.) High School…Three-time first-team All-Ohio selection…Was Ohio's 2005 Division IV Player of the Year, as he led his team to the Division IV state title that year…Received a four-star prospect rating from Rivals.com, as that recruiting service placed him 11th among the nation's outside linebackers and 8th on their Ohio Top 60 List…
Scout.com rated him the 14th-best linebacker in the country and also accorded him four-star prospect accolades…During his career as a linebacker and running back, he was successful in recording 482 tackles (300 solos) that included 25 stops behind the line of scrimmage…Gained 2,418 yards and 40 touchdowns on 382 carries (6.33 ypc) and caught 43 passes for 737 yards (17.14 ypc) and nine scores…Delivered 234 tackles (137 solos) with thirteen stops for loss while totaling 806 yards and 14 touchdowns on 167 carries (4.83 ypc) as a junior, as he also had 12 catches for 249 yards and five scores…In his final prep season, he made 204 tackles (119 solos), 17 of them behind the line of scrimmage and also returned his lone interception for a touchdown…On offense, he rushed 215 times for 1,412 yards (6.57 ypc) and 26 touchdowns, as he also caught 31 passes for 488 yards (15.74 ypc) and four scores.
Graduated in December, 2010 with a degree in Family Resource Management, earning Academic All-Big Ten Conference honors…Cousins, Tom and Bobby Hoying played at Ohio State…Son of Alice and David Homan…Born 3/05/87…Resides in Coldwater, Ohio.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.
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