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RB Antonio Pittman

RB Antonio PittmanANTONIO PITTMAN

Running Back
Ohio State University Buckeyes
#25
5-11, 207 lbs
Akron, Ohio
Buchtel High School

Pittman is a strong inside runner with the foot speed and change-of-direction agility to make the initial tackler miss. The two-year starter is known for his ball security, having turned the ball over only two times during his career on 557 rushing attempts. He has also proven to be an adequate safety valve as a receiver coming out of the backfield. The talented tailback was a standout performer at Buchtel High School. He earned All-Ohio honors as a senior, despite being sidelined for three games. He still managed to lead the team with 1,300 yards rushing, as he averaged over 12.0 yards per carry while running for 17 touchdowns.

Pittman enrolled at Ohio State in time to compete during 2004 spring drills. That early enrollment gave him a jump-start to his Buckeyes' career, as he went on to play in 10 games as a reserve tailback. He finished second on the team with 381 yards and a touchdown on 72 carries (5.3 avg) and added 26 yards on six catches.

Pittman took over tailback duties in 2005, starting all 12 games, as he ranked fifth in the Big Ten Conference in rushing (110.9 yards per game). He picked up a career-high 1,331 yards with seven touchdowns on 243 attempts (5.5 avg) and ranked fourth on the team with 17 receptions for 161 yards (9.5 avg). He also ranked ninth in the league with an average of 124.3 all-purpose yards per game.

The talented tailback was named first-team All-Big Ten by the league's coaches in 2006. He started all 13 games, leading the team for the second-straight year with 242 rushes for 1,233 yards (5.1 avg) and 14 touchdowns. He hauled in 14 passes for 127 yards (9.1 avg) and scored 84 points while amassing 1,360 all-purpose yards.

In 35 games at Ohio State, Pittman started 25 contests. He totaled 2,945 yards with 22 touchdowns on 557 carries (5.3 avg). He gained 314 yards on 37 receptions (8.5 avg) and scored 132 points. He also made two solo tackles and piled up 3,259 all-purpose yards, an average of 93.11 yards per game.

CAREER NOTES

Pittman ran for over 100 yards 14 times during his career, the fourth-best total in school history behind Archie Griffin (34, 1972-75), Eddie George (20, 1992-95) and Keith Byars (17, 1982-85)…Ranks eighth in school history with 2,945 yards rushing, topped by Archie Griffin (5,589 yards; 1972-75), Eddie George (3,768; 1992-95), Tim Spencer (3,553; 1979-82), Keith Byars (3,200; 1982-85), Pepe Pearson (3,121; 1994-97), Carlos Snow (2,974; 1987-89, '91) and Michael Wiley (2,951; 1996-99)…His 1,331 yards rushing in 2005 rank 10th on the school's season-record chart and his 1,233 yards in 2006 rank 16th…In 2004, Antonio became just the fourth sophomore in Ohio State annals to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season, joining Archie Griffin, Vince Workman and Keith Byars in that select circle.

2006 SEASON

All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection by the league's coaches, earning second-team honors from the media… Started all 13 games&Ranked 24th in the nation and fifth in the conference with an average of 94.85 yards per game rushing…Tied for seventh in the league in scoring with an average of 6.46 points per game…Carried 242 times for 1,233 yards (5.1 avg) and fourteen touchdowns…Caught 14 passes for 127 yards 99.1 avg) and scored 84 points… Totaled 1,360 all-purpose yards, an average of 104.6 yards per game…Turned the ball over once on two fumbles…Ran for over 100 yards in seven contests and had eight rushes of 20+ yards.

2005 SEASON

Started all 12 games…Became the fourth sophomore in school history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season, joining Archie Griffin, Vince Workman and Keith Byars, but did not score a touchdown until game eight vs. Minnesota, then scored seven in the last five games of the year…Finished with a career-high 1,331 yards (10th on the school season-record list) on 243 carries (5.5 avg) with seven touchdowns…Ranked fifth in the Big Ten Conference with an average of 110.92 yards per game rushing…Finished fifth on the squad with 17 receptions for 161 yards (9.5 avg) and scored 42 points…Turned the ball over once on two fumbles, but made one solo tackle and amassed 1,492 all-purpose yards, ranking ninth in the conference with an average of 124.33 yards per game…Had five carries for 20 yards or longer, including a career-long 67-yarder vs. Minnesota…Ran for over 100 yards in six contests.

2004 SEASON

Pittman enrolled at Ohio State at the beginning of spring quarter and took part in spring practice and played his way into the tailback rotation in the fall…He gained 381 yards on 72 carries (5.3 avg.) with one touchdown and caught six passes for 26 yards (4.3 avg.), adding a solo tackle for a 2-yard loss…Appeared in ten games…Suffered a thigh bruise in his collegiate debut vs. Cincinnati and was forced to sit out the following game vs. Marshall.

AGILITY TESTS
Campus: 4.51 in the 40-yard dash…335-pound bench press…305-pound power clean…33-inch vertical jump…31 3/8-inch arm length…9 1/8-inch hands.

Combine: 4.44 in the 40-yard dash…1.54 10-yard dash&2.57 20-yard dash…4.16 20-yard shuttle…(DNP) 60-yard shuttle…6.84 three-cone drill…Bench pressed 225 pounds 16 times. 35.5 inch Vertical jump…10.03 Broad Jump.

HIGH SCHOOL
Attended Buchtel (Akron, Oh.) High School, playing football for head coach Claude Brown…Earned All-Ohio honors as a senior… Led the team with 1,300 yards rushing and averaged over 12.0 yards per carry while running for 17 touchdowns.

PERSONAL
African-American Studies major…Son of Valerie Pittman and Marcus McKinnie…Born 12/19/85…Resides in Akron, Ohio.

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