Fuller Follows Up Breakout Season With Strong Academic Work

By Jeff Rapp, July 11th, 2018

The emergence of safety Jordan Fuller was one of the pleasant story lines of the 2017 Ohio State football season for the coaches and OSU fans.

The Old Tappan, N.J., product was a true standout in the defensive backfield for the Big Ten champs. He started 13 games and ranked second on the team in tackles with 70. He had 13 more solo tackles – 57 total – than anyone else on the team and he topped out at a career-best 10 tackles twice: vs. Iowa and in the Cotton Bowl victory over USC.

Fuller became a reliable performer who could assist in coverage, snuff out plays and make stops, even when he was the only defender in the area.

After being named third-team All-Big Ten, Fuller is being mentioned on preseason first teams heading into his junior season and is set up for a big 2018. Still, he never stopped working on his game and off the field as well.

In fact, most Buckeye followers may not realize Fuller is a fully committed student who recently earned virtually every academic honor for an undergraduate football player. A sport industry major, Fuller was named a second-team CoSIDA Academic All-American, an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and an OSU Scholar-Athlete for the second time.

This week, he added another accolade: Distinguished Scholar. Fuller joined three other Buckeyes in receiving the Big Ten’s prestigious award. The others Buckeyes listed were junior long snapper Liam McCullough, sophomore linebacker Hayden Jester and junior kicker Bryan Kristan.

Student-athletes must maintain at least a 3.70 grade point average for the school year to earn the honor.

McCullough, from Columbus, is a Distinguished Scholar for the second time and joins Jacoby Boren (2014-15-16) as a multiple award winner. McCullough has handled all the long-snapping responsibilities for the past two seasons and enters the 2018 season with 275 consecutive successful snaps. The finance major is a two-time Academic all-Big Ten and OSU Scholar-Athlete honoree.

Both Jester and Kristan are in their second season with the program. Jester is exploring majors in management and industry. Kristan is majoring in finance.