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COUNTDOWN: 30 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

They always say that one is the loneliest number, but I'm not so sure anymore. When it comes to players who wore #30 on Ohio State's roster over the past 100 years, there isn't a whole heckuva lot to talk about. Some numbers are more popular than others, and a popular jersey number tends...
01 Aug 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 31 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Unlike almost every other jersey number discussed to this point in our countdown to kickoff, you can count the number of players to wear #31 on one hand. Literally. Only five men have worn #31, and all of them played their college ball prior to 1952. Of those five, you've only ever heard of one:...
31 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 32 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Today's post is all about one thing: PAIN. In past editions of the countdown to kickoff, I've held the biggest stars in the Buckeye galaxy till the end of the post, or followed a chronological order. Today, neither approach makes sense, because no player before or since has come close to equ...
30 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 33 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Prior to the arrival of a Minneapolis native in 2005, #33 was all about the fullbacks. Even farther back than that, it was all about the center of the line. While some jersey numbers belonged to one or two standouts in a team's history, today's edition of our countdown to kickoff is an embar...
29 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 34 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Given the furor of the past week, today's installment of the countdown takes on an unusual significance. The incumbent at #34, depending the outcome of his current legal troubles, could well become one of the greatest running backs in Buckeye history. Carlos "El Guapo" Hyde was certain...
28 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 35 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!!

Before we get into another discussion of why Ohio State might be the true "Linebacker U" in the Big Ten, let's talk about the greatest fullback in Ohio State football history. There was a time, not that long ago, when fullbacks were a key part of an offensive scheme, rather than sure-f...
27 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 36 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!!

They don't call Ohio State "Linebacker U," but after reading today's post, you might think they should. Between 1975 and 1987, three of the most talented linebackers to grace the gridiron wore #36, each earning All-American and All-Big Ten honors, and each serving as team captain i...
26 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 37 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!!

Today's edition of the digest features a pair of NFL draftees who also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors. We'll start with a trip to the era of Earle, and meet defensive back William White. He roamed the Buckeyes' defensive backfield from 1984-1987, serving as a team captain in his seni...
25 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 38 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!!

Since 1933, 24 men have worn #38 on the Ohio State University football team. Sixteen earned varsity letters for their efforts, and three served as captain. Two earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, though Donnie Nickey only wore the jersey one season, and most of his achievements were notched while he...
24 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 39 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!!

Well, thank goodness the day that couldn't end fast enough finally did. Let's cleanse our palates with the next installment of our countdown to kickoff, shall we? Some numbers are more popular than others. In some cases, it's a function of what numbers are available for a given position...
23 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

COUNTDOWN: 40 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL!!!

Like many of us, I'm living in a glass case of emotion this morning, so let's quickly get to the countdown and let some historically-great Buckeyes calm our collective nerves. Precisely eight men have worn #40 on The Ohio State University football team, and chances are, you've only hear...
22 Jul 2013
by AndyVance

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