Jonathan Wells (American football)

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Jonathan Wells
No. 32
Date of birth: (1979-07-21) July 21, 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth: River Ridge, LA
Career information
Position(s): Running back
College: Ohio State
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 4 / Pick 99
As player:
2002–2005 Houston Texans
Career stats
Playing stats at

Jonathan Wells (born July 21, 1979, in River Ridge, Louisiana) is a former running back who played for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

High school career[edit]

Wells played high school football at John Curtis Christian High School in his native River Ridge, Louisiana. He assisted the team in capturing 3 consecutive 4A state championships.

College career[edit]

Wells played college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite starting only 15 of 45 career games, he carried 479 times for 2,381 yards and 27 TDs, ranking 13th on the school’s all-time rushing yards list. He was drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

He is most remembered by Buckeye fans for his 129 yards rushing 3 touchdown performance against Michigan, to help the Buckeyes beat the 11th-ranked Wolverines 26–20 in Jim Tressel's first year as head coach. (2001 Season) His effort helped snap an Ohio State 6 game losing streak at Michigan Stadium, getting a win there for the first time since 1987. He was named the Ohio State Buckeye's 2001 Season MVP.

Professional Football Career/Fantasy Football Relevance[edit]

As the reserve running back for the Houston Texans in 2005, Wells was thrust into the fantasy football spotlight when starting running back Domanick Williams was injured, giving Wells the start in a Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Wells delivered with an 87 yard, 2 touchdown performance, propelling fantasy football teams who started Wells to stunning victories and sending owners of opposing teams into table-pounding rages. Following this performance, Wells immediately faded back into fantasy football obscurity.

Post-Football Career[edit]

After his football career, he co-founded From the Ground Up Records with fellow NFL player, Charles Grant and Carlos Diaz. The label has signed multiple artists such as Titanium, King Kun, Gangsta Luck, and Solid (American Rapper),and Mullage who are now signed to Jive Records.

Career Rushing Statistics at Ohio State[edit]

Year Games Rushes Yards Average TD
1998 12 41 197 4.8 2
1999 9 51 292 5.7 3
2000 12 136 598 4.4 6
2001 12 251 1294 5.2 16
Total 45 479 2,381 5.0 27

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Preceded by
Derek Combs
Ohio State Buckeyes
Football Season MVP

Succeeded by
Craig Krenzel & Chris Gamble
Preceded by
Derek Combs
Ohio State Buckeyes
Starting Tailbacks
Succeeded by
Maurice Clarett