Zach Boren
Zach  Boren

Pickerington, Ohio

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 245




Ohio State D No. 2 Nationally in November

Ohio State's defense improved dramatically the final third of the season and, in particular, the last month of the season.


Athletics Good Stuff

Nov. 20 - 26, 2012


Seven Named First-Team All-Big Ten

A total of 16 different Buckeyes honored by the Big Ten after 12-0 season


Postgame Notes From No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 20 Michigan

No. 4 Ohio State - 26, No. 20 Michigan - 21


Postgame Quotes From No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 20 Michigan

No. 4 Ohio State - 26, No. 20 Michigan - 21


Ohio State vs. Purdue - Oct. 20, 2012

Ohio State vs. Purdue - Oct. 20, 2012


Ohio State vs. Miami

Ohio State hosts Miami Saturday, September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio

Ohio State Overview: 2012 team captain Zach Boren made an incredibly selfless decision and an ultimate team move when, six games into his senior season, he moved from being a 30-game starter at fullback to playing linebacker because the team needed him at the position ... that move - which occurred on the Tuesday practice after the Nebraska game - was a big reason the Buckeyes went 12-0 this season ... both sides of the ball thrived with Boren: on offense, Braxton Miller averaged 7.2 yards per carry with Boren playing fullback; 4.2 after Boren switched to linebacker ... on defense, the Buckeyes allowed 386.5 yards per game before Boren arrived and 331.7 in his six games on defense, including four starts ... Boren's efforts earned him a Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award and an ESPN/Kirk Herbstreit "Herbie" ... Boren recorded 50 tackles on the season and he averaged 8.2 tackles per game in his six games at linebacker, including a career-high 12 in the overtime win at Wisconsin ... he also had a personal-best seven solo tackles against the Badgers ... he capped his career with nine tackles against Michigan, including his first quarterback sack that has already become one of the iconic photos of the 2012 season ... as a six-game performer at fullback, Boren carried 11 times for 33 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught five passes for 42 yards ... scored on 1-yard runs vs. Miami and UAB ... he capped his career with 12 carries for 42 yards and he did catch 25 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown with a long of 25 yards ... although not having a carry in 2011, Zach was honored as the team's Rex Kern Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive back ... that's because he is selfless in fulfilling his role as a powerful blocking back and as an occasional pass catcher out of the backfield (six receptions for 60 yards in 2011) ... his blocking skills were consistently mentioned by Ohio State running backs after their big games, and in his career at fullback there were 26 100-yard rushing efforts by Buckeyes with Zach helping lead the way ... a starter from virtually the first day he stepped onto the practice field for Ohio State, Zach started five times (rotating with TEs and WRs) in 2009, 10 times in 2010, 12 times in 2011 and seven times in 2012 (four at LB and three at FB) for a total of 34 starts ... he was the recipient of the team's Outstanding First-Year Offensive Player award in 2009.

More on Zach: Zach is majoring in sport and leisure studies ... he expects graduate in spring 2013 ... named Ohio's defensive player of the year as a senior linebacker for coach Jay Sharett's 13-1 OCC and regional champion Central team in 2008 ... OCC and district player of the year in baseball ... the younger brother of former Buckeye Justin Boren (now with the Baltimore Ravens) and the older brother of Ohio State true freshman offensive lineman Jacoby Boren ... the Boren brothers (and younger sister, Kallie) are the sons of Mike and Hope Boren, both of whom were student-athletes at Michigan ... Mike finished his football career at Michigan in 1983 as the second-leading tackler in school history with 332 tackles, a total that still ranks sixth all-time in school history ... Hope competed in track and field.