Countdown: 92 Days Until Ohio State Football

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May 30, 2014 at 12:01a
Flying Finkes

Today we are 92 days away from Ohio State's opening game at Navy. To celebrate, today's article will list the 30 players who wore No. 92 for Ohio State and cover the careers of Matt Finkes and Adolphus Washington. 

Go here to read Eleven* Questions With an Eleven Warrior: No. 92 Matt Finkes.

Today's Trivia Questions:
Matt Finkes was an All-Ohio football player and state champion heavyweight wrestler in high school. What track and field event did he place 4th in the state in?

Can you name the NFL team that drafted Matt Finkes in the 1997 NFL Draft?

Players Who Wore No. 92 At Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-Big Ten Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Martin Amling* 1942            
Raymond Stackhouse 1943           1943
Ernest Cottrell 1944           1944
Donald Nichols 1945            
Michael Perrotti 1946            
Edward Bilkie 1950           1950
William Ashton 1952-53            
Lalo Blazeff 1954            
James Rowland 1959           1959
Dennis Howman 1963-64            
John Stowe 1968           1968
Roger Burrows 1970           1970
Gary Lago* 1971-72           1971-72
Thomas Battista 1973-74           1973-74
Greg Belko* 1975            
Joel Laser* 1976-78            
Eric Barnard 1979            
Gene Hulshult* 1982            
Reggie Graves* 1983-85           1983-85
Ken Coleman 1987-90           1987-90
Therone McQueen 1991-92            
Matt Finkes 1993-96 1995 1994-96       1993-96
Paul Breed 1997           1997
Brent Welch 2000            
Andrew Schabo* 2001            
Tim Schafer 2002-03           2003
Brett Daly 2004-07         2007 2007
Todd Denlinger 2005-09         2006-09 2006-09
William McCary 2010-11            
Adolphus Washington 2012-15           2012-14

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 92
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide


Matt Finkes
Born: 1975 (Piqua, Ohio)
High School: Piqua

Ohio State
Ohio State went 41-8-1 during his career.
165 career tackles for loss (3rd all-time).
25.0 career sacks (3rd all-time) and 170 sack yards lost (4th all-time).
1994 had 80 sack yards (1st all-time at the time, now 4th all-time).
1994 recorded 100 tackles for loss (2nd at the time, 7th all-time).
1994 made 11.0 sacks (2nd at the time, 5th all-time).
1996 recorded 113 tackles for loss (2nd all-time).

Finkes Scores

1992 Ohio North / South Game MVP.
1993 Second Team All-American.
1994 Third Team All-American.
1995 All-American.
1994 All-Big Ten.
1995 All-Big Ten.
1996 All-Big Ten.
1996 Second Team All-American.
1996 Bill Willis Award.
1996 Most Valuable Defensive Player.
1996 East / West Shrine Game MVP.
Defensive MVP Florida Citrus Bowl.

1993 Division I Heavyweight wrestling state champion.
1993 placed 4th in the state finals in high hurdles.
2006-Today he is an assistant coach for St. Paris Graham wrestling (won five straight state team titles).

Book Ends

The Book Ends
Matt Finkes and Mike Vrabel are the best defensive end tandem Ohio State has ever had on the field at the same time. From 1993-1996 the duo wreaked havoc on opposing team's backfields. I will let the numbers do the talking for them:

Career Stats For Matt Finkes and Mike Vrabel
Stat Category Finkes Vrabel Combined
Sacks 25.0 (3) 36.0 (1) 61
Sack Yards 170 (4) 245 (1) 415
Tackles For Loss 59.0 (2) 66.0 (1) 125
TFL Yards 265 (3) 349 (1) 614

( ) Career Ranking at Ohio State

High School
In 1993, his senior year, Finkes placed fourth in the high hurdles at the State of Ohio Track and Field Championships. Earlier that year he won the Division I state wrestling championship as a heavyweight and made the Junior World Team. He was also a decent football player who earned a scholarship to play at Ohio State.

Finkes Flattens Penn State

Ohio State
Finkes was a winner at Ohio State as well. The Buckeyes were 41-8-1 when he played on the team from 1993-1996. During that time the defense held opponents to 15 points per game and had five shut-outs. The 1996 defense holds Ohio State's record for tackles for loss yards in a season with 507 yards.

Matt Finkes also made his mark on the Ohio State record book as an individual. In 1994 he set the all-time record with 80 sack yards lost (he is now 4th). That season he also recorded 11 sacks, which at the time placed him 2nd all-time (he is now 5th). Finkes is also ranked third all-time with 25.0 sacks for his career.

The Carolina Panthers drafted Matt Finkes in the 6th round of the 1997 draft. He was then traded to the New York Jets where he played through 1999. Finkes was on the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars between 1999 and 2001.

Sources- Matt Finkes, The Ohio State Media Guide, Category 5 Sports and 95.5 

Adolphus Washington

Adolphus Washington
High School: Taft (Cincinnati)

Ohio State
2013 36 tackles, 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
2012 5.5 tackles, 3 sacks.

High School Honors
Parade Magazine All-American.
U.S. Army All-American.
Division III co-defensive player of the year.
First-Team Associated Press All-State selection.


Switched to DT from DE.

Recap of Aldolphus Washington's freshman year per The 2013 Team Media Guide:

Washington, on the strength of a fine freshman season in 2012 and an even better spring drills, is furiously gaining top-of-mind awareness as a young player to watch along the Ohio State defensive line ... he played in 10 games last year for the undefeated Buckeyes and ranked third with 3.0 quarterback sacks for losses totaling 27 yards ... his sacks, part of a nine-tackle freshman campaign, came against Miami (in his first collegiate game), vs. Illinois and vs. Michigan ... he managed to play 156 snaps on a veteran defense with a high of 31 plays vs. Central Florida ... 

Sources- The Ohio State Media Guide


No. 92 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Matt Finkes 1997 6 189 Defensive End Panthers


Today's Trivia Answers:
Matt Finkes was an All-Ohio football player and state champion heavyweight wrestler in high school. What track and field event did he place 4th in the state in?

The high hurdles.

Can you name the NFL team that drafted Matt Finkes in the 1997 NFL Draft?

The Carolina Panthers. Finkes was the first Buckeye ever selected by the Panthers.

Previous articles in the countdown:
999897969594, 93 and the Nic Miller Interview.


182 Days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Please let me know If there are any errors. 

"I'm sick of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're goin', and hook up with them later." ~ Mitch Hedberg

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Hovenaut's picture

Man that pic of Finkes and Vrabel in the classic jerseys...

Good stuff as usual, thanks again Remy.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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