2012 team captain Zach Boren made an incredibly selfless decision and an ultimate team move when, six games into his senior season, he moved from being a 30-game starter at fullback to playing linebacker because the team needed him at the position ... that move - which occurred on the Tuesday practice after the Nebraska game - was a big reason the Buckeyes went 12-0 this season ... both sides of the ball thrived with Boren: on offense, Braxton Miller averaged 7.2 yards per carry with Boren playing fullback; 4.2 after Boren switched to linebacker ... on defense, the Buckeyes allowed 386.5 yards per game before Boren arrived and 331.7 in his six games on defense, including four starts ... Boren's efforts earned him a Big Ten Conference Sportsmanship Award and an ESPN/Kirk Herbstreit "Herbie" ... Boren recorded 50 tackles on the season and he averaged 8.2 tackles per game in his six games at linebacker, including a career-high 12 in the overtime win at Wisconsin ... he also had a personal-best seven solo tackles against the Badgers ... he capped his career with nine tackles against Michigan, including his first quarterback sack that has already become one of the iconic photos of the 2012 season ... as a six-game performer at fullback, Boren carried 11 times for 33 yards and two touchdowns, and he caught five passes for 42 yards ... scored on 1-yard runs vs. Miami and UAB ... he capped his career with 12 carries for 42 yards and he did catch 25 passes for 193 yards and one touchdown with a long of 25 yards.
Although not having a carry in 2011, Zach was honored as the team's Rex Kern Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive back ... that's because he is selfless in fulfilling his role as a powerful blocking back and as an occasional pass catcher out of the backfield (six receptions for 60 yards in 2011 and 20 career receptions) ... his blocking skills are consistently mentioned by Ohio State running backs after their big games, and in three years there have been 20 100-yard rushing efforts by Buckeyes with Zach helping lead the way.
A starter from virtually the first day he stepped onto the practice field for Ohio State, Zach started five times (rotating with TEs and WRs) in 2009, 10 times in 2010 and 12 times last year ... he was the recipient of the team's Outstanding First-Year Offensive Player award in 2009.
Earned starting fullback assignment as true freshman and made five starts, including the season opener ... 6-yard reception in win over Illinois ... 8-yard catch from Terrelle Pryor at Indiana scored a touchdown against the Hoosiers... pair of receptions in win at Penn State ... outstanding first-year offensive player award from Ohio State coaches ... Top Ten Tenacious three times ... scout team workhorse: Navy ... Big Ten all-academic ... first-year letterwinner.
Earned Ohio defensive player of the year honors as a linebacker at Pickerington Central ... 192 tackles, 12 TFL, 8 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries
and an interception ... also rushed for 640 yards, scoring 16 touchdowns ... all-district, all-county, all-metro and all-state for Coach Jay Sharrett's 13-1 OCC and regional champs ... OCC and district player of the year in baseball ... enrolled at OSU in January, 2009.
Son of Hope and Mike Boren ... older brother Justin is a senior on the Buckeye offensive line ... dad played football (1980-83) and mom ran track at Michigan ... majoring in special education.