Sept. 22, 2012
By: Chelsea Zoellner, Athletics Communications
As his games in the Scarlet and Gray dwindle, senior fullback Adam Homan hopes to continue to lead by example and help build onto the winning traditions of Ohio State football.
"This is our last year," Homan said. "As seniors, we've grown really close and want to do everything we can to make this year special and go out the right way."
One of 21 seniors, Homan has been a part of an evolving Ohio State football program. The three-time letterwinner has played in 34 games during the past three years, including 12 as a true freshman in 2009 and 13 in 2010. Bouncing back from a knee injury, Homan played in seven of the team's final eight games last year and is prepared to make a solid impact during his final campaign with the Buckeyes.
Homan, the younger brother of former Ohio State captain Ross Homan (2006-10), has embraced the new system head coach Urban Meyer has installed, whether he earns reps on the offensive side of the ball or on special teams.
"You have to take whatever the coaches tell you and run with it," the Coldwater, Ohio, native, said. "Being a team player and doing anything for the team is the type of atmosphere Coach Meyer has created."
A renewed emphasis on special teams this season has made Homan's on-the-field contributions as a blocker even more critical to the team's success.
"You can have individual success, but it's about what's best for the team that matters most," Homan said.
What is often key for a team's success is senior leadership. Homan and the other members of the 2012 senior class strive to encourage and support the younger student-athletes in an effort to build team camaraderie. As part of Meyer's new system of pairing a freshman with an experience veteran, Homan and his fellow upperclassmen help establish a trust and an atmosphere of fellowship within the program. Meyer instituted the program at each of the former schools where he has served as head coach, beginning at Bowling Green in 2001.
Accustomed to receiving advice from his older brother Ross as well, roles were reversed as Homan became a "big brother" to sophomore fullback Craig Cataline.
"This relationship is different than Ross and I, but regardless of whatever Craig needs, I'm there for him," Homan said. "I'm a guy he can talk to and we can figure out what's going on together. He's a tough worker."
This type of leadership applies not only on the field, but in the classroom as well. Amid a hectic schedule Homan has managed to balance a challenging course load along with the demands of being a student-athlete. The three-time Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and two-time Academic all-Big Ten Conference honoree has demonstrated academic excellence throughout his career at Ohio State. Homan is scheduled to graduate after spring semester with a degree in exercise science.
"It's a tough balance being a student-athlete," Homan said. "It's all about time management and understanding your priorities."
Leaving a legacy of leadership, teamwork and scholarship, Homan exemplifies what it means to be a "student-athlete."
Reflecting on his four years as a Buckeye, Homan said, "It's a different college experience, but I wouldn't trade being a student-athlete at The Ohio State University for anything in the world."
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