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Entrance Exam: F. Epitropoulos

Wide receiver follows family footsteps into scarlet and gray

Updated: September 3, 2012, 11:11 AM ET
By Brad Bournival | BuckeyeNation

Entrance Exam is a series at BuckeyeNation where we chat with incoming freshmen in Ohio State athletics.

Being a legacy, Frank Epitropoulos knew where he wanted to go early, so when he gave his commitment to the Buckeyes in the midst of the turmoil at Ohio State in April 2011 it wasn't that much of a surprise.

Epitropoulos is the son of John, who played for the Buckeyes as an offensive lineman from 1978-80. Frank's uncle, Ernie, also played for Ohio State and his mother, Alice, is an Ohio State graduate as well.

He turned down interest from Michigan State, Wisconsin and Stanford to become a Buckeye. Epitropoulos' love for Ohio State goes back as he remembers sitting in Sun Devil Stadium and watching the Buckeyes beat Miami in double overtime to win a national championship.

A jack-of-all-trades player for Upper Arlington last year, Epitropoulos was a three-year starter at wide receiver, defensive back and punter.

A two-time second-team Division I All-Ohio selection as a punter, Epitropoulos averaged 42.2 per kick as a junior and 39.2 as a senior.

As a wide receiver, where he'll play for the Buckeyes, he finished his senior season with 25 catches for 459 yards and logged seven touchdowns despite the fact he missed four games.

As a junior he caught 29 passes for 490 yards and added five touchdowns.

He plans on majoring in pre-exercise science.

BN: Any advice your dad has been able to give you about being an Ohio State football player?

Epitropoulos: He told me to just go out there every day and give it your all. That's pretty much what he has always told me.

BN: What does it mean to you to be a Buckeye?

Epitropoulos: It's a dream for me. I remember coming to watch the Buckeyes every Saturday. I remember hoping to be out there playing.

BN: Everybody talks about Urban Meyer as a coach, what is Urban Meyer to you personally?

Epitropoulos: He's a great coach. He teaches the wide receivers individually. He keeps us in check and his understanding really shows when he's teaching.

BN: What was your first welcome to Ohio State moment when you realized this isn't high school anymore?

Epitropoulos: The 5 a.m. workouts. Those caught us by surprise. We're accustomed to them now because we had them all summer, but that was definitely the bright-eyed moment.

BN: Where are you four years from now? Where is Ohio State?

Epitropoulos: Hopefully, we'll have a couple of national championships under our belt. And some Big Ten titles, while we're working for another one. Hopefully, I'll be a starting receiver.

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