Sept. 11, 2013
By: Christopher Miller
ohiobobcats.com Staff Writer
On the field and in recruiting battles, Ohio defends its home turf. Josh Kristoff is a product of central Ohio and a proud Bobcat.
Kristoff, a redshirt junior safety, joined the program in 2010. He had a stellar career at Pickerington Central, being part of a senior class that earned four conference championships, two regional championships, and an appearance in the state championship.
"Well, there were a few reasons [why I chose Ohio]," said Kristoff, "I knew that I would get a great education, and I would also be part of a team that is clearly on the rise."
"Ohio has had better recruiting, won games on national TV," Kristoff added. "With me, Nathan [Carpenter] and Keith [Moore] having come out of central Ohio and had great success here, we are clearing the way for future Bobcats."
Kristoff has seen success on and off the field already. Playing special teams and defense, he has contributed significantly to the success of the last two seasons, including back-to-back bowl championships. Kristoff has already earned his bachelor's degree in integrated mathematics, and is currently pursuing his master's degree in coaching education.
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach Jimmy Burrow has high expectations for Kristoff this year.
"Smart guys get better," said Burrow. "Josh is very smart and the more experience he gets the better he will be. I expect him to continue to work hard for us and be a leader both off the field and in the secondary as well. I think he will be a big player in the secondary for us this year."
"Choosing Ohio University was the best decision I could have made," said Kristoff. "I am thankful for Coach Lomonico (Ohio `92) for coaching me to play the right way and helping me to realize all the opportunities that I have had. This is a great place."
"I love home games because my family gets to come," Kristoff said. "Just this past week against North Texas, I had 20 or 25 friends and family members in the stands watching me play. That is definitely one of the benefits that come with being able to play so close to home."
On top of friends and family, home games give the Bobcats a chance to play in front of the BEST FANS IN THE MAC.
Coming off the victory over North Texas in the home opener, Ohio is poised for the "Battle for the Bell" against Marshall on Saturday, Sept. 14 on ESPNews at 8 p.m.
Finish, No Regrets!