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Craig Fada
Craig  Fada

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Columbus, Ohio

High School:
Bishop Watterson

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 225

Position:
LB

11/22/2016

Earning Their Way

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

03/28/2013

30 Buckeyes Named OSU Scholar-Athletes

The scholars were all part of Ohio State's unbeaten, 12-0 2012 season

03/28/2013

Ohio State Scholar-Athletes to Be Recognized Monday

Outstanding student-athletes will be honored at 46th annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner

03/08/2013

Two And Done ... For A While

Ohio State had its second practice of the spring Thursday; now the team is off until the 19th

11/22/2012

Buckeyes lend a hand at LifeCare Alliance

Team assists nonprofit that

11/05/2016

No. 6 Ohio State vs. No. 10 Nebraska

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

10/21/2016

No. 2 Ohio State at Penn State

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

09/17/2016

No. 3 Ohio State at No. 14 Oklahoma

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

Ohio State Overview: Craig Fada’s excellent work on the practice and playing fields coupled with his dependable and responsible actions off earned him a scholarship for the 2016 summer term … Fada is one of those guys coaches like having on the team, and he and Joe Burger are on the cusp of achieving the unimaginable: earning a fourth Varsity O letter in football after initially walking on to the team, something that certainly hasn’t been done at Ohio State in football very often, if at all … a fifth-year senior, Fada is in his fifth season with the football program after initially being invited to the team as a walk-on during the summer of 2012 … a special teams standout, he has played in 38 games the past three seasons and he is a three-time Varsity O letterwinner … he is majoring in biology and has earned one Academic All-Big Ten honor so far.

2015 Season (Junior): Fada played in 12 of 13 games and averaged an impressive 15 special teams plays per game … was averaging over 18 special team’s plays per game before a mid-season injury kept him out of one game and limited his play in two others … Fada recorded five special team’s tackles for the second consecutive year … had a season-high 24 plays in the win at Indiana.

2014 Season (Sophomore): Fada played in all 15 games for the College Football Playoff national champions and earned his second Varsity O letter ... played a career-best 26 plays in the Big Ten championship game vs. Wisconsin, including 10 plays on defense ... was in for 17 and 16 plays, respectively, in the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama and the national championship game win over Oregon ... made five tackles on the season, including two vs. Wisconsin.

2013 Season (Freshman): Fada saw action in 11 games on special teams during the season with a high of 14 plays vs. Florida A&M and 13 vs. Illinois in Big Ten action ... he did not see any game action in 2012 for the undefeated Buckeyes and red-shirted the year.

More on Craig: Fada played both linebacker and tight end for coach Dan Bjelac’s Bishop Watterson Eagles team, finishing with 45 tackles, four sacks and an interception as a senior and being named Central District defensive player of the year … also earned all-Ohio and all-Ohio Capital Conference honors … he scored two touchdowns among his seven catches for 143 yards … in 2010, Bishop Watterson won the Division III Ohio state championship … Craig’s father, Rob, blocked for Dan Marino at Pitt and later went on to have three-year NFL career, spending two years with Chicago and one with Kansas City.

FADA'S DEFENSIVE STATS

YEAR G-GS UA A TOT TFL YD SCK PBU
2013 11-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
2014 15-0 3 2 5 0 0 0 0
2015 12-0 2 3 5 0 0 0 0
Tot. 38-0 5 6 11 0 0 0 0