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Joe Burger
Joe  Burger

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Cincinnati, Ohio

High School:
LaSalle

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 230

Position:
LB

04/05/2017

Three Buckeyes named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

More academic honors for Jarrod Barnes, Joe Burger and Tyler Durbin

03/27/2017

38 From Football Team Named an OSU Scholar-Athlete

Academic All-American Sam Hubbard leads six-year high for academic achievers

12/18/2016

12 Buckeyes Graduate, Including Barrett, Lewis & Conley

Team will head to Arizona for PlayStation Fiesta Bowl with 14 graduates on the roster

11/29/2016

Tyquan Lewis, Cam Johnston Headline OSU's Big Ten Honorees

Lewis, McMillan, Hooker, Lattimore and Johnston garner first-team honors

11/22/2016

Earning Their Way

Senior linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada cap a remarkable four-year journey that started as walk-ons

11/05/2016

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Nebraska

The Buckeyes welcome the Cornhuskers to Ohio Stadium for a Top-10 Showdown.

09/03/2016

No. 6 Ohio State vs. Bowling Green

Scenes from the Buckeyes' season opener at Ohio Stadium on September 3, 2016

10/27/2012

AP Photos: Football vs. Penn State

AP Photos: Football vs. Penn State

Ohio State Overview: Joe Burger is a respected leader on this football team … that’s because he has worked hard to earn a scholarship and complete a journey from preferred walk-on into a valuable contributor on the playing field and a role-model citizen off the field … a senior academically and now in his fifth season with the program, Burger has played in 34 games for the Buckeyes and earned three Varsity O letters … he and teammate Craig Fada are about to reach a significant achievement: earning a fourth letter in football after initially walking on to the team, something that isn’t easily researched but certainly hasn’t been done at Ohio State in football very often, if at all … Burger is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete who will graduate in December with his degree in industrial and systems engineering … he interned this summer with JP Morgan Chase and previously, in May 2014, with industrial engineering firm TP Mechanical..

2016 Season (Senior): OSU Scholar Athlete for the fifth time…named to the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame’s (NFF) 2017 Hampshire Honor Society…Academic All-Big Ten Conference Team…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...recorded two tackles in the Fiesta Bowl.

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.

2014 Season (Sophomore): Burger played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions ... was in the games for 217 plays with a career-high 19 plays in the win over Indiana ... had 17, 16 and 15 special team plays, respectively, vs. Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, vs. Alabama in the Sugar Bowl and vs. Oregon in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

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

YEAR G-GS US A TOT TFL YD SCK PBU
2013 6-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
2014 51-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 13-0 1 0 1 1.0 -3 0 0
Tot. 34-0 2 1 3 1.0 -3 0 0