Ross had a record year for John Carroll University during the 2009 campaign. He was named to the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference Football first team, and Ohio College Football “All Ohio” second team. Frank was also selected to play in the Bowl of Stars representing team Stars and Stripes, a team of 51 college Division III players from across the country; due to previous commitments Frank was not able to participate in the December game in Mexico City.
Ross’s impressive collegiate career for the Blue Streaks set new marks in the JCU record books in a variety of categories. Frank started his reception streak on Nov. 3, 2007, and since has caught passes in 29 consecutive games. His 69 receptions this season broke the school record of 65 set in 2001, and his 163 career catches put him in the number one spot surpassing the previous record of 148 set in the 1999-2002 period.
At John Carroll, he moved to number two on the all time list for reception yardage totaling 1,798 yards. He also earned the seventh spot for passes completed for touchdowns. Frank carries the school’s highest average for receptions per game at 5.62 completions, is ranked at number five in All Purpose Yards per career at 2,836 yards gained, and is also ranked at number three in Receiving Yards Gained per Game at 97.8 yards gained. JCU also has ranked Frank in the number one spot in the number of kickoff returns, third at total kick return yardage, at 879 yards, and ranked foruth at average yards gained per return at 22.54.
Ross led the 2009 Ohio Athletic Conference, owning the number one spot throughout the regular season, in total number of receptions per game averaging 6.9 receptions. He was also ranked third in receiving yards gained per game, and seventh in all purpose yards gained.
On the national level, the NCAA monitors all the Division III schools in the entire country. Here, Frank has caught national attention with his performance by being ranked 28th in the country in receptions per game, 67th in receiving yards per game, and 72nd in total receiving yards.
Frank’s best outing this season was in week five against the 16th-ranked team in the country, Capital University. Frank earned the respect of his opponent players, fans and coaches with his outstanding performance, setting a JCU single game record with 17 catches, and wrapping up 228 yards for the day’s work. This effort also earned Ross a national ranking of seventh on the list of Single Game High Performances.
While Frank does actually have one more year of NCAA eligibility, his present plans are to continue his graduate school education while reaching closer to his eventual goal of coaching. Frank would not say if he will play football next year.
John Carroll University senior and Canfield graduate Frank Ross spent much of the year breaking records at the school.