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1983 Ohio State Buckeyes Roster

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Record: 9-3, .750 W-L% (16th of 112) ▪ Rank: 9th in Final AP Poll
Conference: Big Ten  ▪ Conference Record: 6-3 (Schedule and Results)
Coach: Earle Bruce (9-3)

PS/G: 34.2 (3rd of 112) ▪ PA/G: 17.2 (31st of 112)
SRS: 14.51 (10th of 112) ▪ SOS: 3.59 (42nd of 112)

Bowl Game: Won Fiesta Bowl 28-23 versus Pittsburgh


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  • Roster includes most starters and key reserves.
  • Starters are marked with an asterisk (*).
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Partial Roster

Player Class Pos Summary
Mike Tomczak* QB 131 Cmp, 237 Att, 1942 Yds, 13 TD
Jim Karsatos QB 14 Cmp, 30 Att, 322 Yds, 2 TD
Brent Offenbecher QB 5 Cmp, 10 Att, 83 Yds, 1 TD
Tim Stephens QB
Vaughn Boardnax* RB
Keith Byars* RB 222 Att, 1199 Yds, 5.4 Avg
Roman Bates RB 53 Att, 293 Yds, 5.5 Avg
Ken Blair RB 3 Att, 7 Yds, 2.3 Avg
Vaughn Broadnax RB 84 Att, 346 Yds, 4.1 Avg
Kelvin Lindsey RB 56 Att, 254 Yds, 4.5 Avg
Barry Walker RB 26 Att, 124 Yds, 4.8 Avg
John Wooldridge RB 51 Att, 264 Yds, 5.2 Avg
Cedric Anderson* WR 26 Rec, 524 Yds, 20.2 Avg
Thad Jemison* WR 35 Rec, 558 Yds, 15.9 Avg
Jay Holland WR 2 Rec, 58 Yds, 29.0 Avg
Doug Smith WR 2 Rec, 76 Yds, 38.0 Avg
John Frank* TE 45 Rec, 641 Yds, 14.2 Avg
Joe Dooley* OL
Mark Krerowicz* OL
Kirk Lowdermilk* OL
William Roberts* OL
Scott Zalenski* OL
Jim Carson OL
Jim Lachey OL
Dave Crecelius* DL
Dave Morrill* DL
Spencer Nelms* DL
Darryl Lee DL
Clark Backus* LB
Curt Curtis* LB
Orlando Lowry* LB
Rowland Tatum* LB
Byron Lee LB
Kelvin Bell* DB
Shaun Gayle* DB
Doug Hill* DB
Garcia Lane* DB
Steve Hill DB
Mike Lanese PR