Craig “Ironhead” Heyward’s son Cameron a star at Ohio State


Ohio State senior defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has received many honors. This summer, he’s been named to the 2010 Playboy Preseason All-America College Football Team, as well as the Ted Hendricks (best defensive end in the nation),  Lombardi (best lineman) and Lott (best defensive player) Trophy watch lists.

He’s a guy that easily could have come out of school and received a nice NFL paycheck, but for the sake of his game and his development, stayed in school. Heyward was huge for Ohio State’s Top 5-ranked defense in 2009. He led all defensive linemen with 46 tackles and had his best game of the year with 9.0 tackles and 2.0 sacks in the win at Penn State. On the season he led the Buckeyes with 6.5 sacks and had 10 TFL, earning himself a 2009 Second Team All-Big Ten selection.

Heyward shares a fundamental trait with his Coach Jim Tressel: a famous father with a collection of accomplishments that he aims to (not just equal) but surpass one day.

“Tressel said, my Dad had a road named after him, but I want a highway. It shows that he’s aiming high and we’re all aiming high and expecting more out of each other,” Heyward told me at Big Ten Media Day.

By Paul M. Banks

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