Countdown: 96 Days Until Ohio State Football

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May 26, 2014 at 8:59a
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Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and we are 96 days away from Ohio State's season opener at Navy. At some point today, please take a moment to remember the service men and women who sacrificed the rest of their days so that we can enjoy our freedom in the greatest country in the world. If you know a service member, please contact and thank them today.

Today's article will list the 18 players who wore No. 96 for Ohio State and covers the careers of Lindell Houston, William Hackett and Jake McQuaide.

Today's Trivia Questions:
Who is Lindell Houston's brother?

What Cincinnati high school did Jake McQuaide attend?

Players Who Wore No. 96 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-Big Ten Captain Academic AA AC. All-B1G Letter
Lindell Houston 1941-42 1942 1942       1941-42
William Hackett* 1943-45 1944 1944 1945     1943-45
Gary Lilvis* 1972            
Martin Cusick 1974-77           1977
Michael D'Andrea 1979-81           1979-81
Tom Bose 1982-84            
Srecko Zizakovic 1985-89           1986-89
Travis Lutz 1990-91           1990-91
LeShun Daniels* 1992-93            
Tony Eisenhard 1995-99           1997-98
Dave Andrews* 2002           2002
Chibundu Nnake 2004            
Jordan Hoewischer 2004-05            
Juan Garnier 2005-06            
Jake McQuaide 2006-10         2008-09 2006-10
Willie Mobley 2008-09            
Kharim Stephens 2012           2012
Claudius Mbemba 2013            
Sean Nuernberger 2014, 2015           2014

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 96
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Lin Houston

Lin Houston G (1941-42)
Born: 1921 (Carbondale, IL)
High School: Massillon Washington
Death: 1995

Ohio State
Played on the 1942 national championship team.
15-2-1 record during the two seasons Houston played.

1942 All-American.
2008 Inducted into the Stark County Football Hall of Fame.

When he moved to Massillon Paul Brown convinced Houston to play football instead of basketball.
Played for Paul Brown at Massillon Washington, Ohio State and the Cleveland Browns.
Did not play for Ohio State in 1943 because he joined the Army.
Won 5 world championships with the Cleveland Browns between 1946 and 1953.
His brother Jim Houston played tight end for Ohio State.

Lin Houston's High School and College Career per Wikipedia:

Lin Houston in Browns Uniform


Houston was born in Illinois, but his family moved to Ohio after a relative got a job at a steel mill in Massillon and convinced his father to move there. Houston had been a standout basketball player in Illinois, but Paul Brown, the head football coach at Massillon Washington High School, thought his combination of quickness and size would make him a good football player. He started as a middle guard on defense but was soon switched to an offensive guard, where he excelled. The Associated Press named him a first-team All-Ohio guard in 1938.

After graduating from high school, Houston attended Ohio State University. He played as a guard on the school's varsity football team starting as a sophomore in 1941 under Paul Brown, who had by then been hired as the school's head football coach... 

...Collier's named him an All-American that season (1942), when the Ohio State Buckeyes football team won the school's first national championship.

Houston joined the U.S. Army in 1943. He stayed at Ohio State but was not allowed by the Army to play on the football team. In 1944, he played in the College All-Star Game against the Chicago Bears.

Sources- Markrea and Wikipedia 

Bill Hackett

William G. Hackett G (1943-45)

Ohio State
Big Ten championship in 1944.

1944 All-American.
1945 Captain.
1986 i
nducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.

Earned his doctorate degree.
Helped Paul Brown organize the Cincinnati Bengals.
Board member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Sources- Sports Illustrated and Mankrea


Jake McQuaide

Jake McQuaide LS (2006-10)
High School: Cincinnati Elder

Ohio State
2008-10 was Ohio State's long snapper.
Studied aeronautical and astronautical engineering.

2008 and 2009 Academic All-Big Ten.

2011 signed with the Rams.
He has played in 48 games and has 430 clean snaps.

Sources- St. Louis Rams and Ohio State Team Guide

From McQuaide's St. Louis Rams Biography:

Originally a walk on at Ohio State...handled long-snapping duties for three years...Special Teams Player of the Week vs. Purdue...received bachelor's degree in December...academic all-Big Ten...John Galbreath award for academic excellence...NFF Hampshire Honor Society...EE All Star Game as a senior...won Top Ten Tenacious three times as a junior...earned a scholarship beinning in the autumn quarter of his junior.


No. 96 In the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Lin Houston 1944 11 106 Off. Guard Bears

Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Today's Trivia Answers:
Who is Lindell Houston's brother?
Jim Houston, who played tight end for Ohio State.

What Cincinnati high school did Jake McQuaide attend?
Cincinnati Elder.

Memorial Day



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Please let me know if there are any errors so I can fix them. The only pictures I could find of Lin Houston were of him in his Browns uniform.

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