Scarlet 31, Gray 14
Q&A with the junior tight end
Players on the receiving (and blocking) end of things met with the media after practice
Earliest start, perhaps, in school history comes after a 103-day break in practices
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Ohio State Overview: Jeff Heuerman is not only an outstanding football player, he is an outstanding athlete ... his vertical leap of 36.5 inches is the second-highest on the team ... he can bench press 225 pounds a team-leading 33 times ... on the gridiron, Heuerman is coming into his own as a blocking, receiving and route running force at the tight end position for the Buckeyes ... this true junior has played in 23 games over the past two seasons and he started nine times last season, including in each of the Buckeyes final seven games ... he has nine career receptions for 119 yards and one score ... his first collegiate touchdown came against Nebraska last year, an 18-yard reception from Braxton Miller to give the Buckeyes a 21-17 lead in a game they would win, 63-38 ... also caught a career-long 35-yard pass against the Cornhuskers for the first multi-reception game of his career ... Heuerman's biggest catch isn't among his nine career catches, though ... it was an undefeated-season-saving two-point conversion reception that allowed the Buckeyes to tie Purdue, 22-all, and send the game into overtime ... Heuerman played and lettered as a true freshman in 2011 after enrolling at Ohio State in January of that year and competing in spring drills ... he played in 11 games and made his first collegiate catch in the Taxslayer.com Gator Bowl, a 25-yard gain.
More on Jeff: Heuerman is majoring in economics ... his love of all things sports includes hunting and fishing, and he's tweeted photos of him in the water holding a 200-pound Tarpon and in the fields early in the morning preparing to hunt ... before all his football prowess came to be realized, Heuerman was an outstanding hockey player on the junior circuit ... he played the sport for eight years, even spending one year living in Detroit and playing for the select Detroit Compuware team ... he first played football as a ninth grader and by the time he was a senior he was a team captain for Coach Mark Ivey's Barron Collier H.S. Cougars ... earned all-conference, all-area and all-district honors as a senior ... his teams won 3 district 3A titles in four years ... is the son of Melissa and Paul Heuerman ... father played basketball collegiately at Michigan and was a team captain ... brother, Mike, is a true freshman tight end this year at Notre Dame ... also has another younger brother, Matt.
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