The Miami Dolphins made many people shake their heads when they chose Ohio State Buckeye Ted Ginn Jr. with the 9th pick of this last April’s NFL Draft. Now they will get to see what he can do. Ginn, who himself was shocked when selected by Miami in the nine spot, signed a deal with the Dolphins early Friday that will put him on the field with his teammates when full squad training camp starts on Saturday.
Financial terms of the deal were not available. Ginn is an explosive wide out that is a burner. He scored 26 TD’s at Ohio State, including a Big Ten record six as a punt returner. He made 59 catches for 781 yards last year, scoring nine times. Some say that Ginn drops too many passes, and does not run routes well enough. He also got hurt in the National Title Game vs Florida after taking the opening kickoff back for a score during the end zone celebration.
Ginn’s dad, who coached his son in high school, was happy his boy got into camp. “I thought it was important,” said Ginn Sr. “He’s got a job to do. I’m just glad it’s over and he can take care of business.”
Below is the bio on Ginn from NFL.com
A standout return specialist and defensive back in high school, 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. SuperPrep 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 and returned 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.