Chris Worley
Chris  Worley


Cleveland, Ohio

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 230



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Ohio State will suit up 14 college graduates for the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic


J.T., Price, Jamarco and Jordan First-Team All-Big Ten

J.K. Dobbins second team; Parris Campbell and Isaiah Prince third team; 11 Buckeyes honored


Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis & Denzel Ward First-Team All-Big Ten

Trio headlines a 14-honoree day for the Buckeyes; Offensive all-Big Ten honors announced Wednesday


Baker & Worley Named to Butkus Award Watch List

Both players played their best games last year against the best


Ohio State Athletics Good Stuff

Highlights from the past week in Ohio State Athletics


No. 8 Ohio State vs. Army

For the first time, the Buckeyes host the Black Knights at Ohio Stadium


PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Ohio State vs. No. 2 Clemson

Ohio State meets Clemson in the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl/College Football Playoff Semifinal


No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State

The Buckeyes travel to Penn State to take on the Nittany Lions in a primetime B1G matchup.


No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma

Scenes from the Buckeyes' first road game of the season at Oklahoma.


No. 6 Ohio State vs. Bowling Green

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

Ohio State Overview: Chris Worley was a Rolls Royce representative of the football program for five years, including 2017 as a senior when he was named a team captain and graduated with his degree in communications. A veteran of 50 games, Worley was a starter at linebacker 24 times for the Buckeyes, including 10 times as a senior when he made starts at all three linebacker positions. “He’s just a really, really smart football player; he’s a guy who understands the game at a very high level,” defensive coordinator Greg Schiano said in 2017. Despite missing three games as a senior with a foot injury, Worley made 56 tackles to rank fifth on the team and to up his career total to 154, which was topped by only one other Buckeye on the 2017 roster. He also had five tackles-for-loss in 2017 plus four quarterback hurries to trail only Nick Bosa in that category. His career stats include 11 tackles for loss and six pass break-ups. It seemed Worley was always at his best in Ohio State’s biggest games, with his four double figure tackling games coming against Oklahoma (career-high 11 in 2017 and 10 in 2017), Michigan (career-high tying 11 in 2017) and Clemson (10). He had personal bests of seven solo tackles vs. Wisconsin in 2016 and Oklahoma in 2017. He played in 14 games as a true freshman in 2014 when Ohio State won the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship with a victory over Oregon in the title game. He was also a part of bowl game victories over Alabama (Sugar Bowl), Notre Dame (Fiesta Bowl) and USC (Cotton Bowl), and he played on two Big Ten title-winning teams: in 2014 and 2017. He started in his first collegiate game: the 2014 season opener at Navy.

Notable: Worley interned with Columbus’ CBS affiliate, WBNS-TV, in its sports department during the summer months of 2017. His experiences included shooting video as a cameraman at the 2017 Memorial golf tournament.

Honors and Awards
2017: Graduated in December (communications), Team captain, East-West Shrine Game, honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference (coaches and media)
2016: Honorable mention All-Big Ten Conference (media)

More on Chris: Worley, a special mention Associated Press all-state pick as a senior, led Glenville to an 8-2 record his senior season by recording 89 tackles with nine sacks, five interception returns for touchdowns and five forced fumbles. For his career he had 161 tackles, 13 sacks, eight interceptions and seven forced fumbles. Worley extended a streak of Glenville Tarblooders signing NLIs with Ohio State to 12 consecutive years. He joined a list of 24 Tarblooders to become Buckeyes since 2002, including past greats like Super Bowl players Donte Whitner and Ted Ginn, 2006 Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith, quarterback Cardale Jones and 2017 first-round NFL Draft pick Marshon Lattimore. Worley is the son of Michelle Bandy and Chris Worley, Sr.

Interceptions: 1, at Michigan State, Nov 19, 2016
Tackles: 11, Michigan, Nov 26, 2016 (5-6); Oklahoma, Sept 9, 2017 (7-4)
Sacks: 1.0, Michigan State, Nov 11, 2017 (1-0); Penn State, Oct 17, 2015 (1-0)
Tackles for loss: 1.0, 10 times
Fumbles forced: 1, at Michigan, Nov 28, 2015; at Wisconsin, Oct 15, 2016; Oklahoma, Sept 9, 2017
Pass breakups: 2, Tulsa, Sep 10, 2016