Buckeye Bits: Will compete with Marcus Freeman at will linebacker ... will see field time because of speed and play-making ability ... enrolled at Ohio State in winter quarter 2006 and participated in the winter conditioning program and spring practice ... had a team-high eight tackles, including a four-yard sack, in the 2006 spring game to help lead the Scarlet to a 12-0 win over the Gray ... that jumpstart propelled him into being a solid contributor as a true freshman last fall ... ranked the No. 10 outside linebacker prospect in the country coming out of high school
2006 (Freshman): Played all 13 games and collected 28 tackles, which ranked ninth on the team and third among linebackers ... listed as the backup to senior John Kerr at the will linebacker spot ... top tackle efforts came against Minnesota (seven), at Northwestern (five) and at Texas (four) ... collected his first collegiate interception in the win at Northwestern and returned it five yards ... had a 13-yard sack in the win over Cincinnati.
High School: Three-time first-team All-Ohio selection ... totaled 119 solo tackles and 85 assists as a senior, including 17 for lost yardage ... Ohio's 2005 Division IV Player of the Year ... led Coldwater to the 2005 Division IV state title ... had one interception, which he returned for a touchdown ... rushed for 1,412 yards and 26 touchdowns on 215 carries and caught 31 passes for 488 yards and four TDs ... collected 137 solo tackles and 97 assists as a junior and had 13 tackles behind the line of scrimmage ... rushed for 806 yards and 14 TDs on 167 carries as a junior and had 12 receptions for 249 yards and five touchdowns.
Personal: Son of David and Alice Homan ... cousin to former Buckeyes Bob and Tom Hoying.
No. 2 Ohio State falls to Penn State, 24-21
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