Major: Sport Industry
Job: Head student football equipment manager
Devin Cramer admits he was starstruck at the first Ohio State football practice he worked.
It was four years ago. He was a sophomore, starting out as an equipment manager for the Buckeyes — a team he grew up idolizing from his hometown of Ostrander, Ohio, 40 minutes north of Columbus.
“I never thought I’d be on the same field as J.T. Barrett or coach (Urban) Meyer,” Cramer said. “To grow up loving Ohio State football and then feel like you’re part of it is incredible.”
Cramer is critical to making sure operations run smoothly. To do that, he works closely with the football operations team to go through each practice and pre-game team script. Cramer then works with his team of 14 managers to ensure the necessary equipment is prepared and everything runs smoothly.
Some of those duties include getting equipment and uniforms ready for players, setting up warmup and practice drills and doing laundry — lots and lots of laundry.
“At a place like Ohio State, everything happens fast so you’ve always got to be thinking about what needs to be done next,” said Cramer, who has done everything from signaling plays to holding coaches’ headsets during games.
In all, it’s a year-round job with plenty of hours recorded during fall. However, it’s also a cool gig that shows him the life and duties of those in collegiate football operations — a career he is pursuing after graduating in December.
“If you think of football operations, equipment dips into each branch of what goes on,” Cramer said. “What I’ve learned is every detail matters.”