NFL from the sidelines
After hobnobbing around the NFL in the press boxes and sidelines, sports reporter Dale Lolley will let you know the insider scoop. Dale can also be heard on Tuesday nights throughout the season from 7 to 9 p.m. on WBGG 970-AM. Follow him on Twitter at fdlolleyor.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Everything you need to know about Cam Heyward
The Ohio State University Buckeyes
Peachtree Ridge High School
The son of former NFL great, Craig “Ironhead” Heyward, who passed away in 2006, Cameron is following his father’s path
to the professional ranks. But instead of carrying the ball like his father, Cameron is the one chasing down ball carriers in
the opposing backfields.
In his 11 seasons in the NFL, Craig Heyward amassed 4,301 rushing yards, 177 receptions for 1,559 yards, and 34
touchdowns. He played for the New Orleans Saints, who selected him 24th overall in the 1988 draft, Chicago Bears,
Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams, and Indianapolis Colts during his career.
Cameron started 46 of his final 47 games for the Buckeyes, appearing in 52 contests since forcing his way into the lineup
during the sixth game of his true freshman campaign. While listed as a defensive end, he was utilized at all four positions
on the defensive front wall. His fifteen quarterback sacks tied linebacker A.J. Hawk for 11th on the school all-time record
list, as his 37.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage places him tenth in OSU annals.
At Peachtree Ridge High School, Heyward received a four-star prospect rating from Rivals.com. That recruiting service
ranked him as the seventh-best overall prospect in the state of Georgia and the 13th-best defensive tackle in the nation.
Scout.com ranked him 15th overall in the state and 20th nationally at his position.
A scholar-athlete, Heyward was named the 2006 Georgia Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year, helping Peachtree
Ridge capture the state championship that season. He produced 103 tackles with 12 sacks as a sophomore, adding two
sacks with 48 stops as a junior before ending his prep career with 88 tackles and 11 sacks during his senior campaign. He
graduated with a 3.2 grade point average.
Heavily pursued by Florida, Georgia and Louisiana State, Heyward instead signed his national letter of intent to attend
Ohio State on January 31, 2007, having been recruited by former Buckeyes defensive lineman and assistant coach, Luke
Fickell. In 2007, he played in a reserve role for the first five games, but he took over weak-side defensive end duties for
the final eight contests, recording ten stops for loss, 2.5 sacks and 33 tackles (21 solos) for OSU’s national championship
Coming off 2007 Freshman All-American honors, Heyward started all 13 games in 2008, rotating across the defensive
line. He produced 36 tackles (13 solos) that included three sacks and 4.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, as OSU
went on to lose to Texas in the Fiesta Bowl.
As a junior, Heyward garnered All-Big Ten Conference second-team honors. He started 12-of-13 contests, coming up with
46 tackles (21 solos) while finishing tied for eighth in the league with 6.5 sacks. He also posted 10 stops for loss and
recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the Michigan clash.
Voted team captain as a senior, he received All-Big Ten first-team accolades in 2010. He recorded a career-best 48
tackles (23 solos) that included three sacks, as his 13.0 stops behind the line of scrimmage tied for fifth in the league. He
advanced a fumble recovery 9 yards vs. Ohio University and rumbled 80 yards with an interception vs. Miami.
Heyward closed out his career with a pair of assisted sacks and 3.5 stops for loss among his six tackles vs. Arkansas in
the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Heyward started 46-of-52 games at Ohio State, missing just one starting assignment in his final 46 appearances...
Recorded 163 tackles (78 solos) with 15.0 sacks for minus 98 yards, 37.5 stops for losses totaling 150 yards and six
quarterback pressures...Recovered two fumbles, including one in the end zone for a touchdown...Gained 80 yards on a
pass theft and broke up five other throws...Also caused two fumbles...Heyward’s 80-yard fumbled interception return vs.
Miami in 2010 ranks as the seventh-longest return by a Buckeye in school annals and the longest run back by a defensive
lineman...His 37.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage rank tenth in school annals, while his 13.0 stops in 2010 placed
tied for 23rd on the Buckeyes season-record chart...Totaled 150 yards in losses on those tackles, the 13th-best career
total by an OSU player...Tied A.J. Hawk (2002-05) for 11th place on the school all-time record list with 15.0 sacks...
Amassed minus 98 yards from those sacks, tying John Kacherski (1988-91) for 15th on the school career-record chart.