Zach Boren
Personal information
Date of birth: (1991-05-13) May 13, 1991 (age 28)
Place of birth: Pickerington, Ohio
Career information
College: Ohio State
Undrafted in 2013
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2013)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A

Zach Boren (born May 13, 1991) is an American football fullback who is currently a free agent. He played college football at Ohio State University. Boren originally played fullback, but was converted to linebacker midway through his senior season.

Early lifeEdit

Boren attended Pickerington High School Central in Pickerington, Ohio where he played football and baseball. As a baseball player, Boren was ranked number two in the state of Ohio, but chose to attend Ohio State to play football joining his brother Justin, who had recently transferred to the Buckeyes from arch-rival Michigan.[1] As a football player, he achieved all-state accolades.[2]

College careerEdit

In his first three seasons with the Ohio State Buckeyes, Boren started 27 games at fullback. He began the 2012 season there, but prior to Ohio State's game against the Indiana Hoosiers, Boren was moved to linebacker by the Ohio State coaching staff.[3] He played linebacker for the remainder of the season, amassing 50 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.[4]

The 2012 Ohio State squad, for whom Boren was a captain, would have been eligible for a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) Bowl, possibly even the national championship, but due to sanctions levied against them by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) were not bowl-eligible.[5] He was named to the Jewish Sports Review 2012 College Football All-America Team.[6]

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

On April 27, 2013, he signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[7] He was released on August 27, 2013.

San Diego ChargersEdit

On January 7, 2014, Boren signed a reserves/futures contract with the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers released Boren on August 25, 2014.[8]

Tennessee Titans Edit

On August 7, 2015, Boren was signed by the Tennessee Titans and released injured fullback Connor Neighbors.[9] Born was later released by the Titans.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Boren was raised in a sports-inclined family. His father Mike played linebacker at Michigan under Bo Schembechler in the 1980s, his mother Hope ran track at Michigan, and his older brother Justin, a former teammate with the Buckeyes,[11] is a former offensive lineman for the Denver Broncos.[12] He attributes much of his success at Ohio State to the family atmosphere that coach Urban Meyer promotes.[13] He is Jewish and has a severe lisp.[6][14]


  1. Meisel, Zack. "Boren brothers unite at Ohio State, shun Michigan". Sports – The Lantern – Ohio State University. February 16, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  2. Harris, Doug (September 29, 2012). "MSU's Bell to display power". Dayton Daily News (via HighBeam Research (subscription required)). Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  3. Harris, Doug (October 19, 2012). "Defense eager to right its wrongs; Indiana's 49 points were the most vs. the Buckeyes since 1994". Dayton Daily News (via HighBeam Research). Retrieved January 19, 2013.(subscription required)
  4. Kiper Jr., Mel. "2013 NFL draft – Mel Kiper's Top 5 prospects at every position". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  5. Lesmerises, Doug (November 13, 2012). "Without sanctions, would Ohio State meet Notre Dame in 2013 Rose Bowl?". Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "JSR's 2012 College Football All-America Team". Jewish Sports Review 8 (96): 1. March–April 2013.
  7. "Texans sign four draft picks, 23 undrafted free agents". Retrieved May 10, 2013.
  8. Chargers Trim Roster; Waive 11 Players
  9. "Titans Add FB Zach Boren, Waive FB Connor Neighbors".
  10. "Zach Boren - Unsigned Free Agent - 2017 Player Profile -".
  11. Miller, Rusty (August 12, 2010). "Buckeyes stacked again". Telegraph – Herald (Dubuque: via HighBeam Research (subscription required)). Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  12. May, Tim (October 26, 2012). "Natural-born tackler". The Columbus Dispatch. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  13. Marshall, Sarah. "Born into greatness". Game Day Magazine Feature. Ohio State University. Retrieved January 19, 2013.
  14. Livingston, Bill (November 12, 2012). "Ohio State's Zach Boren not taking his senior season for granted". Cleveland Plain-Dealer. Retrieved January 19, 2013.

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