Academic All-American Sam Hubbard leads six-year high for academic achievers
Team will head to Arizona for PlayStation Fiesta Bowl with 14 graduates on the roster
Lewis, McMillan, Hooker, Lattimore and Johnston garner first-team honors
Senior linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada cap a remarkable four-year journey that started as walk-ons
Team captain will play in his 40th consecutive game Saturday vs. Wisconsin
The Buckeyes welcome the Cornhuskers to Ohio Stadium for a Top-10 Showdown.
Scenes from the Buckeyes' season opener at Ohio Stadium on September 3, 2016
AP Photos: Football vs. Penn State
2016 Season (Senior): Recorded four tackles, including 0.5 TFL in the win over Bowling Green ... two tackles in the win over Tulsa and at Penn State ... two PBU’s vs. Nebraska ... Ohio State’s Big Ten sportsmanship honoree.
2015 Season (Junior): Burger played in every game – 13 – for the second consecutive season and earned his third Varsity O letter … a contributor on special teams, Burger made his biggest play as a Buckeye when he tackled the Indiana punter for a three-yard loss on a fake punt attempt … the Buckeyes were trailing by 7 at the time and would go on to kick a field goal in what would ultimately become a 7-point victory, 34-27 … that play was part of a season-high 17-play game for Burger against the Hoosiers.
2013 Season (Freshman): After red-shirting as a true freshman in 2012, Burger got into six games in 2013 and played 33 snaps on defense and another four on special teams ... when injuries sidelined a couple players, Burger started at linebacker in the game at Illinois.
More on Joe: Burger was a 2011 La Salle H.S. team captain and was named first-team Division I all-state by the Associated Press after recording 103 tackles with five sacks and an interception … his work in the classroom, in the community and on the field led to his winning the 2012 “That’s My Boy Award,” presented by the National Football Foundation and the Southwest Ohio Football Coaches Association … he played for coach Tom Grippa … Burger is the youngest of four boys in his family … parents are Felicia and Bob Burger … his father walked on to the Notre Dame football team and eventually earned a scholarship … brother, Bobby, also walked on to the Notre Dame team, as did two uncles … his two other brothers are Chris and John … was the vice-president of LaSalle’s National Honor Society and held a seat on the student council.
BURGER'S DEFENSIVE STATS