Buckeye Bits: Heads into the spring listed as the backup at defensive tackle to Todd Denlinger ... in his fourth year in the program ... was redshirted as a freshman and has seen brief action the last two years ... hopes to play his way into the rotation this fall ... is big, strong and athletic and can play both end and tackle ... is a physical presence ... has shown signs of being ready to step up, but needs to become more consistent ... went through a very stressful situation as a sophomore when his family's home in Metairie was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina, forcing the family to move to Columbus with very few belongings ... his mother, father and three siblings all lived together in his apartment for a period of time before the family returned to Louisiana in April 2006 in hopes of re-building their home and starting over.
2006 (Sophomore): Added depth on the defensive front ... saw action in four games vs. Northern Illinois, Texas, Cincinnati and Minnesota.
2005 (Freshman): Played a total of 14 minutes in four games, including six minutes in the opener against Miami (Ohio) ... also had appearances against Indiana, Minnesota and Northwestern ... lone tackle of the year was an assist against the RedHawks.
2004 (Redshirt): Was redshirted and played on the scout squad.
High School: Enjoyed a very productive senior year, recording 76 tackles, including 11 quarterback sacks, in eight games ... also had two interceptions and swatted down five passes ... played in the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio ... led Archbishop Rummel to the state playoffs in 2003 and collected four sacks, two batted passes, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble in a hard-fought 7-5 second round loss to Shreveport Evangel.
Personal: Is the son of Younes and Izzieh Abdallah ... likes to watch movies and just hang out with his friends when he has some free time .
Draft Day: Denzel Ward