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A standout return specialist and defensive back during his high school playing days, Ginn teamed with his roommate, Troy Smith, to give the Buckeyes one of the most dangerous pass/catching combinations in the collegiate ranks.
"Here is guy who came to us as a return specialist and defensive back and has developed into a very good receiver," Buckeyes head coach Jim Tressel said. "He has always had great hands and he has become a very good route runner. With his speed, he is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball."
The son of renowned Glennville High School head coach Ted Ginn, Sr., the younger Ginn and Smith were his prize pupils. Ginn was selected as the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year and was also a Parade All-American. Super Prep named him as its National Defensive Player of the Year and he was the Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-America game his senior year.
Ginn also played quarterback, wide receiver and running back for Glenville and returned punts and kickoffs. He intercepted eight passes as a senior, returning five of them for touchdowns. One of his interception returns went for a state-record 102-yard touchdown, while another went for a 97-yard score. He also passed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 845 yards and 17 scores.
Ginn was named one of Ohio's three Division I Offensive Players of the Year as a junior. He returned four punts and one kickoff for touchdowns that season. In track, he was the national champion in the 110-meter high hurdles as a junior and recorded the best time in the nation as a senior when he won the state title for the second consecutive year. He also clocked a personal-best 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Ginn enrolled at Ohio State in 2004. He spent most of the preseason working with the defense, but was moved to offense just before the start of the schedule. He was used sparingly early in the year as he learned the system, but was a key factor in the Buckeyes' late-season success. Ginn caught passes in the last seven games of the season and had 18 receptions in the last four games, finishing with 25 catches for 359 yards (14.4 avg) and two touchdowns.
That season, he gained 113 yards with two scores on 13 carries (8.7 avg), but it was as a punt returner that he gained national media attention. His four punt returns for touchdowns set a school and Big Ten Conference single-season record and at the time tied the NCAA mark. He averaged 25.6 yards per punt return, leading the nation and setting another OSU record in that department. He scored on punt returns of 65 yards (Wisconsin), 67 yards (Penn State), 60 yards (Michigan State) and 82 yards (Michigan). The latter broke the game open and was one of the most spectacular runs in Ohio State history.
In 2005, Ginn settled in as the team's starting flanker. He finished second on the squad with 51 receptions for 803 yards (15.7 avg) and four touchdowns. He totaled 83 yards with a score on 12 carries (6.9 avg) and gained 532 yards on 18 kickoff returns, including a touchdown. His kickoff return average of 29.56 yards ranked fourth in the nation. He also returned 25 punts for 250 yards (10.0 avg) and a score. He became the first Buckeye to register receiving, rushing, punt returns and kickoff return touchdowns in the same season.
Ginn was a second-team All-American choice in 2006. He led the team with 781 yards and nine touchdowns on 59 catches (13.2 avg), adding 17 yards on three carries. He threw a pass for a 38-yard score, returned 18 kickoffs for 440 yards (24.4 avg) and a touchdown and had 24 punt returns for 266 yards (11.1 avg), including a score. He finished the year with 1,504 all-purpose yards, an average of 115.7 yards per game.
In 37 games at Ohio State, Ginn started 31 times. He snatched 125 passes for 1,943 yards (15.5 avg) and 15 touchdowns. He carried 28 times for 213 yards (7.6 avg) and three scores, adding another touchdown on a pass completion for 38 yards. He set the Big Ten Conference career record with six touchdowns on 64 punt returns for 900 yards (14.1 avg), and gained 1,012 yards with two scores on 38 kickoff returns (26.6 avg). He scored a total of 156 points and registered three solo tackles. Ginn also averaged 109.95 all-purpose yards per game, totaling 4,068 yards.
Positives: Has outstanding quickness, agility and balance...Gets to top speed in a hurry and maintains acceleration throughout his routes...Has that quick second gear burst as a returner to take the ball to the house consistently (six touchdowns on punt returns, two touchdowns on kickoffs)...Good team leader who responds to discipline and with his work ethic, you won't need to monitor him...Once he gets into his patterns, he is quick to gobble up the cushion...If given a free lane to operate, Ginn is certain to find the seams...On deep patterns, he has that extra burst needed to run by defenders and is very effective at making the over-the-shoulder grabs...The thing you see on film is his ability to get down the field rapidly...Can track, adjust and jump for the ball much better on long routes than he does when working in a crowd...Given a free lane, Ginn will immediately burst into his routes...Eats up the cushion in an instant and while his lateral agility could improve, he maintains stride on slants and screens...Best served on screens, quick flares, slants or bursting up the seam -- anything that will take advantage of his explosive quickness...Is very quick through transition and has a knack for avoiding second level defenders to find holes in the zone...Lacks double cut agility, but can accelerate suddenly when he drops his pads...Can instantly turn on a defensive back on a route, as he has that extra gear needed to pull away...When he sinks his hips, he transitions fast and accelerates through the cuts to burst away...Might not look fluid in and out of his breaks, but has the ability to separate thanks to a sensational second gear...Has the speed to stretch the field and separate, showing steady acceleration to uncover vs. man coverage...Has a knack for becoming available quickly on the blitz and does a good job of getting his feet down along the sidelines...Carries route depth, sliding to create lanes, but must do a better job of settling when working in traffic...Adjusts readily to man coverage and is alert to finding the soft spot in the deep zone...If given room to operate, he will simply race past a defender...Might not have the strength to break tackles or the lateral agility to redirect, but with his acceleration, he is a dangerous threat with the ball in his hands...His burst makes him too elusive in man coverage, as he always makes the first tackler miss.
Negatives: Has a wiry build with a lean frame, split high with long legs, lacking the bulk or strength to consistently beat press coverage...Plays with suddenness, but lacks the lateral agility to come out of his breaks cleanly and needs to improve his footwork, especially in stop-and-go action...Instinctive returner, but needs to vary his speed when running routes... While he is explosive in the open field, his concentration tends to be a bit inconsistent, as he hears the sounds of the defender's footsteps working over the middle...Must do a better job of securing the ball on receptions before turning up field (will drop a few when he tries to run before grasping the ball... Lacks the strength to power his way through the press and needs to be more active with his hands on release...Must be more alert working underneath for when the quarterback is going to deliver the ball, but does a nice job of looking the throw in over his outside shoulder without having to break stride...Moves well left or right, but shows only adequate hip snap on his lateral moves...When he is up against the press, he tends to take false steps and cocks his arms before firing, but he has enough speed to compensate...Sometimes that speed gets him into trouble, as he runs so fast he might miss a cut or look sloppy trying to plant-and-drive...His cuts look too choppy and he looks tight in his hips making body turns...Looks a little too stiff in his hips when moving laterally, so he is not a great multiple cut runner...Shows very good vision to track the ball in flight, but will struggle some in tough-to-catch spots...Not much of a red-zone threat, as he had only six passes thrown to him in that area through 37 games.
Compares To: DANTE HALL-Kansas City...Like Hall, Ginn appears to be a quality return specialist who can contribute some as a receiver rather than a receiver who can contribute some as a return specialist. He is very effective on quick slants and screens and tracks the ball well over his head, but with his lack of strength and inability to defeat the press, he will struggle to get a clean release and into his routes at the next level. He seems hesitant to go over the middle as a receiver and the sound of the defender's footsteps tends to see him lose concentration. Still, he is an electrifying returner who could bring decent value in multiple receiver formations, as long as you don't ask Ginn to run lateral routes into a crowd.
Ginn ranks seventh in school history with 125 receptions, ranking behind David Boston (191, 1996-98), Cris Carter (168, 1984-86), Michael Jenkins (165, 1999-03), Gary Williams (154, 1979-82), Santonio Holmes (140, 2003-05) and Dee Miller (132, 1995-98)...His 1,943 yards receiving rank eighth and his 15 touchdown catches rank ninth in Ohio State annals...Became the eighth player in school history to amass more than 4,000 all-purpose yards in a career (4,068)...His career average of 109.95 all-purpose yards per game ranks seventh on OSU's all-time record chart...Averaged 14.1 yards per punt return, the second-best career total in school history behind Neal Colzie (14.3 avg, 1972-74)...His 14.1-yard punt return average rank sixth in Big Ten Conference annals...Set school and conference career-records by returning six punts for touchdowns during his career, breaking the old Big Ten mark of five by Tim Dwight of Iowa (1994-97) and the previous OSU record of three, first set by Garcia Lane (1981-83) and matched by Jeff Graham (1989-90)...Ginn's six punt returns for touchdowns are two shy of the NCAA Division 1-A record of eight that is shared by Wes Welker of Texas Tech (2000-03) and Antonio Perkins of Oklahoma (2001-04)...His eight total touchdowns on returns (six punts, two kickoffs) tied an NCAA career-record shared by Cliff Branch of Colorado (1970-71; 6 punts, 2 kickoffs), Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska (1970-72; 7 punts, 1 kickoff), Derek Abney of Kentucky (2000-03; 6 punts, 2 kickoffs) and Chad Owens of Hawaii (2001-04; 6 punts, 2 kickoffs)...Ginn's 64 punt returns rank fourth in school history behind Boston (98, 1996-98), Lane (89, 1981-83) and Mike Guess (73, 1977-79)...His 900 yards gained on punt returns rank second in OSU annals to Boston's 959 yards...Ginn's 38 kickoff returns rank fifth in school history, surpassed only by Maurice Hall (72, 2001-04), Ken-Yon Rambo (61, 1997-2000), Carlos Snow (58, 1987-89, 91) and Howard Cassady (42, 1952-55)...His two kickoff returns for touchdowns tied an OSU all-time record, first set by Dean Sensanbaugher (1943-47) and matched by Lenny Willis (1974)...Ginn's kickoff return average of 26.6 yards ranks fourth on the school's career record chart behind Tom Barrington (30.4 avg, 1963-65), Karl Sturtz (30.3 avg, 1949-50) and Butler By'not'e (27.1 avg, 1990-93)...His 59 receptions in 2006 rank tied with Dee Miller (1998) for sixth on the school's single-season record list behind Boston (85 in 1998 and 73 in 1997), Carter (69 in 1986), Terry Glenn (64 in 1995) and Michael Jenkins (61 in 2002)... Ginn's 384 yards on punt returns in 2004 rank seventh on the Buckeyes' single-season record chart...His four punt returns for touchdowns in 2004 set school and Big Ten single-season records, topping the previous conference mark of three by Gene Derricotte of Michigan (1947), Ira Matthews of Wisconsin (1976) and Dwight (1997)...His four touchdowns via punt returns was also one shy of the NCAA 1-A single-season record of five, set by Owens in 2004...Gained 1,668 all-purpose yards in 2004, the 11th-best season total in Ohio State annals...Led the nation and set school and Big Ten Conference single-season records in 2004, when he averaged 25.6 yards per punt return, topping the old OSU mark of 18.7 yards by Larry Zxelina in 1969 and the Big Ten record of 21.9 yards by Bob Hoernschemeyer of Indiana in 1943...His kickoff return yardage of 532 in 2005 is topped only by Rambo's 653 in 1999 on Ohio State's annual record list...His average of 29.6-yards per kickoff return in 2005 ranks fourth on the Buckeyes' single-season record chart, surpassed by Barrington (34.3 avg, 1965), Cassady (31.3 avg in 1955) and Sturtz (30.3 avg in 1950)...Ginn's totals of 123 yards on punt returns vs. Michigan in 2004 and 110 yards vs. Indiana in 2005 rank sixth and seventh, respectively, on the school's single-game record list...He also holds the two of the top three punt return averages in a game at the school, (36.0 avg vs. Wisconsin in 2004 and 35.5 avg vs. Michigan State in 2004), topped only by Nate Clements' 43.6-yard average vs. Purdue in 2000...Ginn's kickoff game average of 64.5 yards vs. Minnesota in 2005 tied the school game-record that was first set by Willis vs. Oregon State in 1974.
All-American second-team selection by The NFL Draft Report (as an all-purpose back), Associated Press, Walter Camp and The Sporting News...All-Big Ten Conference first-team choice by the media, earning second-team honors from the league's coaches... Started all thirteen games at flanker, leading the team with a career-high 59 receptions for 781 yards (13.2 avg) and nine touchdowns, ranking fifth in the conference with an average of 4.54 catches and eighth with 60.08 yards receiving per game...Gained 17 yards on three reverses (5.7 avg) and completed 1-of-2 passes for a 38-yard score...Ranked third in the Big Ten with an 11.1-yard average on 24 punt returns for 266 yards and a touchdown... Was also ranked third in the conference with 17 kickoff returns for 440 yards (24.4 avg) and a score...Failed to get to 34 of 93 passes thrown to him, as eight were deflected by the opposition...Registered 32 first downs among his 59 grabs, as he converted 4-of-17 third-down plays and both fourth-down attempts...Nine of his receptions were for 20 yards or longer and three of his catches came inside the red zone.
All-Big Ten Conference first-team selection as a return specialist by The NFL Draft Report, earning honorable mention as a receiver by the league's media...Took over flanker duties, starting all twelve games...Ranked second on the team with 51 receptions for 803 yards (15.7 avg) and four touchdowns...Rushed twelve times for 83 yards (6.9 avg) and one score...Ranked fourth in the Big Ten with 25 punt returns for 250 yards (10.0 avg) and a touchdown...Led the conference and ranked fourth nationally with a 29.56-yard average on eighteen kickoff returns for 532 yards, including a score...His kickoff return average ranks fourth on the school's single-season record list, topped only by Tom Barrington (34.3 avg, 1965), Howard Cassady (31.3 avg in 1955) and Karl Sturtz (30.3 avg in 1950)...Became the first player in school history to score a touchdown catching, running, returning punts and kickoffs in the same season...Fumbled the ball seven times, as the opposition recovered three of those miscues...Was also penalized twice...Of the 68 passes targeted to Ginn, six were deflected and he failed to get to eleven other throws...29 of his 51 receptions resulted in first downs, as Ginn converted 7-of-13 third-down plays and one more on fourth-down action...Fourteen of his catches were for 20 yards or longer.
All-American first-team selection (as a return specialist) and named Special Teams Player of the Year by The NFL Draft Report...Played in twelve games, starting at flanker vs. Northwestern, Penn State, Michigan State, Purdue, Michigan and Oklahoma State (Alamo Bowl)...Also took several snaps at quarterback in the Alamo Bowl when injuries depleted the depth at that position...Finished second on the team with 25 receptions for 359 yards (14.4 avg) and two touchdowns...Gained 113 yards with a pair of scores on thirteen carries (8.7 avg)...Returned two kickoffs for 40 yards (20.0 avg) and recorded two solo tackles... Led the nation and set a school single-season record with a 25.6-yard average on fifteen punts for 384 yards...His four punt returns for touchdowns also set a school and Big Ten season record and at the time, tied the NCAA mark...Spent most of the preseason working with the defense, but was moved to offense just before the start of the season...Was used sparingly early in the year as he learned the system, but was a key factor in the Buckeyes' late-season success...Caught passes in the last seven games of the season and had 18 receptions in the last four games...Of the 49 passes targeted to Ginn, five were deflected by the opposition and he failed to get to nineteen other throws...Thirteen of his catches produced first downs, as he converted 6-of-16 third-down plays...Five of his receptions were for 20 yards or longer.
2007: Injured while celebrating after he returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown in the BCS national championship game, spraining his left foot and was forced to wear a walking boot for several weeks. Ginn had an MRI and X-rays at the Cleveland Clinic two days after the bowl game (1/10), where a doctor determined he had a middle foot sprain. "We were thankful for that. It's just a sprain," said Ginn's father, Ted Ginn, Sr....The foot injury prevented Ginn from working out at the Combine or Ohio State's March Pro Day.
Campus: 4.28 in the 40-yard dash...250-pound bench press...34.5-inch vertical jump...31 1/4-inch arm length...9 1/8-inch hands.
Combine: Did not participate in positional or agility drills due to foot sprain.
Attended Glenville (Cleveland, Oh.) High School, playing football for his father, head coach Ted Ginn, Sr...Selected as the USA Today Defensive Player of the Year and was also a Parade All-American...Super Prep named him as its National Defensive Player of the Year and he was the Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-America game his senior year...Also played quarterback, wide receiver and running back for Glenville and returned punts and kickoffs...Intercepted eight passes as a senior, returning five of them for touchdowns. One of his interception returns went for a state-record 102-yard touchdown, while another went for a 97-yard score...Also passed for 932 yards and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 845 yards and 17 scores...Named one of Ohio's three Division I Offensive Players of the Year as a junior...Returned four punts and one kickoff for touchdowns that season...In track, he was the national champion in the 110-meter high hurdles as a junior and recorded the best time in the nation as a senior when he won the state title for the second consecutive year. He also clocked a personal-best 10.5 seconds in the 100-meter dash.
Human Development & Family Science major...Son of Ted Sr. and Jeanette Ginn...Born Theodore Ginn Jr., on 4/12/1985...Resides in Cleveland, Ohio.
Draft Scout Player News
03/25/13 - WR Ted Ginn Jr. signed with the Carolina Panthers.
01/22/13 - WR Ted Ginn has had two of his last three punt returns go for 20 yards or more. He averaged 10.96 yards a return during the regular season.
12/06/12 - WR Ted Ginn Jr. could see significant playing time due to the season-ending injury to Kyle Williams and a shoulder injury to Mario Manningham. Ginn was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft by the Dolphins and spent three years with the team before joining the 49ers last season.
10/17/12 - RS Ted Ginn Jr. had a kickoff return for a touchdown and a punt return for a score in Jim Harbaugh's first game as head coach in last year's opener against Seattle.
10/01/12 - WR/PR Ted Ginn Jr (ankle) returned after a three-game absence to return four punts for a total of 40 yards. He also had one carry for 7 yards.