Buckeyes making their 11th consecutive bowl appearance
Herron voted team MVP; B. Miller, Simon named outstanding offensive & defensive player
Saturday marks the 108th meeting in the storied rivalry
Buckeyes look to remain in the hunt for the Big Ten Leaders Division title
Buckeyes begin critical November stretch Saturday against the Hoosiers
Ohio State Overview: Nate Ebner didn't play high school football - he was a rugby player in high school and still is a world-class rugby player - yet he was such a terrific athlete and had such a physical nature that he made the Ohio State team as a walk-on three years ago and he finished his career on scholarship. He was voted by his teammates as the team's most inspirational player and was presented with the Bo Rein Award at the end of the 2011 season. He also picked up the Ike Kelley Award in 2011 as the team's outstanding special teams player. He had 11 tackles, primarily on special teams, this past season and he did record one quarterback sack.
Ebner, a three-year letterman, was chosen as a team captain for the Toledo game this year and played in his 36th game at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl. He recorded 30 career tackles. An exercise science major, Ebner is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.
2009 (Freshman): reserve safety who recorded seven tackles on the special units for the Rose Bowl and Big Ten champions ... scout team workhorse: USC, Minnesota ... Top Ten Tenacious five times ... first-year letterwinner
High School: a standout on the United States U19 and U20 national teams for rugby ... MVP of the Rugby World Cup in '07 and '08 ... at age 17, youngest player ever to play in National 7's ... did not play football at Hilliard Davidson High
Personal: son of Nancy Pritchett and the late Jeff Ebner ... an exercise science major ... 2009 Big Ten all-academic
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