Coach Fickell, captains hold final press conference; Team visits EverBank Field
It was a bit warmer on the practice fields today; Luke liked the effort
A couple of Miami Air charters departed Columbus loaded with Buckeyes today
Buckeyes making their 11th consecutive bowl appearance
Herron voted team MVP; B. Miller, Simon named outstanding offensive & defensive player
Ohio State Overview: Andrew Sweat is not only a fine, fine football player, but he is also an excellent student-athlete. A native of Washington, Pa., and a graduate of Trinity High School, Andrew will soon graduate from Ohio State with his degree in finance. He is in Ohio State's Fisher College of Business, one of the most prestigious schools at the university. A three-time Academic All-Big Ten Conference selection and a four-time OSU Scholar-Athlete, Andrew got a jump on his career plans by interning this summer at Merrill Lynch in downtown Columbus.
Sweat has also been very interested in making plays on the football field, something he has done for the past four seasons for the Buckeyes. This past year his efforts earned him second-team all-Big Ten Conference honors. He was named the team's Randy Gradishar Award winner as the outstanding linebacker on the squad. He ranked second among Buckeyes with 72 tackles on the season, numbers that included a career-high 10 tackles vs. Michigan State and a career-high seven solo tackles vs. Indiana. He also had an interception, vs. Akron. He had nine tackles vs. both Miami and Indiana. Sweat, who played as a true freshman in nine games in 2008, has started for the Buckeyes in parts of three years (19 career starts and 38 games played). He is the team leader in career tackles with 129. Selected as a game captain by the OSU coaches seven times this season, his peers voted him one of four season captains at the end of the regular season.
2010 (Junior): earned the starting nod at the sam linebacker spot ... missed the Ohio game with concussion ... pair of stops vs. Eastern Michigan ... 18-yard interception at Wisconsin ... leading tackler against Purdue with 8 stops, 2.5 TFL and a forced fumble ... 5 tackles at Minnesota ... 8 tackles at Iowa ... Attack Force award: Purdue ... Jack Tatum hit of week: Purdue ... SAE award as outstanding player in the Homecoming game ... academic all-Big Ten ... third-year letterman
2009 (Sophomore): backed up Ross Homan at will linebacker ... also a key special units contributor ... interception and a pair of tackles in the Toledo game ... 3-yard sack and five tackles in the win over Illinois after Homan left with a concussion ... forced an Indiana fumble and had three tackles against the Hoosiers ... two tackles in Wisconsin win ... knee injury kept him out of Minnesota, New Mexico State, Penn State games ... eventually had surgery ... Top Ten Tenacious three times ... second-year letterwinner
2008 (Freshman): made his mark on special teams as a true freshman ... recorded five tackles overall ... two stops in the Fiesta Bowl ... special teams dog tags: Purdue ... first-year letterman
High School: 113 tackles, 21 TFL, five forced fumbles, two interceptions as a senior ... 160 tackles as a junior ... Washington County athlete of year ... ESPN All-America ... Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fab 22" as a junior and senior ... Under Armour All-America game ... also a baseball and basketball starter ... National Honor Society, SADD, Team Trinity, Peer Jury, Spanish club
Personal: son of Gary and Cheryl Sweat ... father played football at Syracuse ... majoring in finance at Ohio State ... 2009-10 Big Ten all-academic