Student-Athlete Spotlight: Ellyn Gruber, Women's Soccer

Aug 21, 2013

Women's Soccer Junior Midfielder E. Gruber

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No. 5 Ellyn Gruber, Junior Midfielder
Cincinnati, Ohio
Major: Human Nutrition

Gruber is in her third season as a starter for the Buckeyes and was selected a team captain by her teammates. The 2012 Academic All-Big Ten selection and two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete has played in 44 games in her first two seasons, notching a goal (a game-winner against Nebraska in the 2012 Big Ten Tournament) and five assists.

Student Life

  • Describe your first day as a student at The Ohio State University? - Exciting, but overwhelming. I was lost a lot.
  • Do you prefer the Oval in the Fall or Spring (or maybe the Winter)? - Spring
  • Where is the best place to sit for lectures? - Front and center
  • Most underrated place to study on campus - The Oval
  • Why did you choose to major in human nutrition? Because I thought it would help me in nursing school after undergraduate studies.


  • Favorite pro sports team - Cincinnati Bengals
  • Favorite athlete - Megan Rapinoe
  • The athlete I would most like to compete against - Alex Morgan
  • Favorite athletic memory - Winning the 2010 Big Ten Tournament
  • Team you're most looking forward to competing against - Penn State
  • Dream event (non-sport or sport-related) you would like to attend - World Cup
  • Pre-game/match superstition/Pre-game/match ritual - I eat the same food and listen to the same music
  • What is your top skill? Putting myself in good spots
  • What skill do you need to improve? - Finishing and capitalizing on my chances


  • Most interesting place I've visited - Seattle, Wash.
  • Place I would like to visit - Australia


  • Person I most admire - My dad
  • The greatest risk I've ever taken was - Deciding where I wanted to play college soccer
  • In 10 years, I would like to be - Working as an athletic trainer/nurse and raising a family
  • If I had a million dollars, I would - Travel around the world with my friends
  • Coolest thing you did this past summer - Hiking in the mountains
  • I would like to trade places for a day with - Alex Morgan
  • Best piece of advice you've received - "When all else fails, always work hard."
  • Any superstitions, non-game/match related - Coffee every morning
  • Pop or Soda? - Pop
  • Cats or Dogs? - Dogs
  • Early Bird or Night Owl? - Early Bird
  • Would you be the O, H, I or the O? - "O"