Substitute Countdown? 29 Days To Go!

Baroclinicity's picture
August 2, 2013 at 10:22p

I'm not intending to step on toes... Andy Vance, my apologies, but I just thought I'd throw something up here in the waning hours of day 29!

There were tough shoes to fill after Eddie George's tenure as Ohio State's main ball carrier, and that was left up to running back Pepe Pearson, donning the number 29 jersey for the Buckeyes.  In 1995, George led the Buckeyes with 1,927 rushing yards with 24 TDs that was capped off by winning the Heisman Trophy in December.  Pearson did a solid job following that up with 1,484 yards and 17 TDs in 1996 as a junior, a season that brought a Rose Bowl victory against Arizona State, followed by 869 yards and 10 TDs in 1997 as a senior.  In the 1996 29-16 victory over Notre Dame in South Bend, Pearson rushed for 173 yards and 2 TDs.  Pepe ranks in at #7 in rushing yards for a season from that 1996 campaign, and #6 for rushing yards in a career ('94-'97) at 3,076 yards.


Pearson had a career limited to the practice squad in the NFL, and became a running backs coach for Ohio Dominican University in 2004, a position which he holds today.  Hats off to you, #29!


Feel free to add/correct any details... I'm not a writer!  Any other nominations for #29 out there?

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Hovenaut's picture

Pepe takes the list, he was a solid back.

I'll offer up one of Tress' top notch special teamers in Shaun Lane, who was a great tackler on the kickoff units from '04-'08.

Nice job subbing tonight Baro!

BuckeyeDale's picture

I guess I should have read down the line before writing. 
But needless to say(again), I agree with your choice as well.


pjtobin's picture

Thank you for posting this. I had no idea Pepe was so good. 
I hope Andy is ok. I am loving each countdown he has done. I look forward to him returning tomorrow. Hopefully. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

BuckeyeDale's picture

Can't really go wrong with Pepe, but my personal favorite # 29 was Shaun Lane.  Besides being a legacy recruit, he was a terror on Special Teams, and suffered that injury at the end of his career.


AndyVance's picture

B, thanks for filling in! Yesterday was "one of those days." Work and family obligations came first, and I just ran out of daylight to get yesterday's edition done.
Pepe was my go-to-guy yesterday for sure, and I have a few other interesting tidbits I may post this afternoon when I get done with #28. It'll be a few hours until I get back to the computer, but I'll get back in the groove :)

Baroclinicity's picture

No sweat. It hardly had any of the Andy Vance masterpiece qualities we've seen over the last few weeks, but it was fun to do! After all my time spent on 11W, that was my first blog post. I have to admit, I did get dinged on the first submission because I didn't meet the required 200 words. Further proof I'm not a writer!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Good work Baroclinicity!  Way to fill in for Andy.  Can't wait to see more of the posts coming. 
Pepe did do a great job after we had the dominant Eddie George.  Always hard to follow a legend, but Pepe filled the position very nicely!!
Go Bucks!