Countdown: 97 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
May 25, 2014 at 7:02a

Today we are 97 days away from Ohio State's opening game at Navy. A picture perfect Memorial Weekend Sunday in Central Ohio should be spent outside. Before you go bask in the sun, take a few minutes and learn more about the 20 players who have worn the No. 97 for the Buckeyes.

Today's article will cover the careers of defensive lineman David Crecelius, Cameron Heyward and Joey Bosa.

Today's Trivia Questions: 
Where did Cameron Heyward's dad play college football?

Who is Joey Bosa's uncle?

Can you name the NFL team that drafted Joey Bosa's dad, John Bosa? 

Players Who Wore No. 97 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-Big Ten Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Stanley Dixon* 1946            
Robert Wortman 1964           1964
Harry Ploitt 1968-69            
Kirk Jones 1970            
Joseph Scuilli 1971            
Earl Belgrave 1972           1972
Ted Smith* 1973           1973
Michael Sapp 1974            
Tyler Vogler 1977-78           1977-78
Mark Sullivan 1979-80           1979-80
David Crecelius 1981-84       1983, 84 1982, 83, 84 1981-84
Jeff Uhlenhake* 1985           1985
Joe Metzger 1990-92           1990-92
John Day 1993-97           1995-97
Brian Heinen 1994-95         1995  
Kenny Peterson 1998-02           2000-02
David Patterson 2003-06     2006     2003-06
Cameron Heyward 2007-10   2010 2010     2007-10
Claudius Mbemba 2012*            
Joey Bosa 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 98
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Ted Smith made his biggest impact at Ohio State wearing No. 60.
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

David Creceluis

David Crecelius DT (1981-1984)
High School: Ashland High School

Ohio State
Played on the 1984 Big Ten championship team and in the 1985 Rose Bowl.

1983 and 1984 Academic All-American.
1984 National Scholar Athlete Award.
1982, 1983 and 1984 Academic All-Big Ten.
1996 inducted into the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame.

Graduated from OSU with a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
At Ohio State he created a game called BOCCERBALL, he patented the game in 1994.

From the Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame:

The Crecelius family moved to Ashland in 1977 just as Dave was about to enter his freshman year. A three-sport athlete, he immediately provided an impact to the Arrow football, wrestling, and track programs.

Dave earned nine varsity letters and established many records along the way...His most coveted honor at AHS was being recognized as Athlete of the Year in both his junior and senior years. The only other athlete to be tapped for the same honor is Hall of Fame member Jim Minnich...

Ohio State-
After being recruited for his football talents, Dave entered the Ohio State University in 1981. At OSU, Dave was a four-year letterman at the defensive tackle position for the Buckeyes. In 1984, the Buckeyes were Big Ten champions and Dave played in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.

Dave’s football awards include the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Week and the Galbreath award for academics. In 1983 and 19884, Dave was chosen for the National Academic All-American Team. As a senior, he was selected as one of eleven players for the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete award, earning him a trip to New York City. Dave was also named into SPHINX, The Ohio State University’s most prestigious honorary award for service.

Source- Ashland County Sports Hall of Fame

Cameron Heyward

Cameron Heyward DT (2007-2010)
Born: 1989 (Pittsburgh, PA)
High School: Peachtree Ridge High School (Suwanee, GA)

Ohio State
Played in the 2008 national championship game, 2009 Fiesta Bowl and 2010 Rose Bowl.
Finished his Ohio State career with 162 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks and an interception.

2007 Freshman All-American.
2010 Captain
2010 All-Big Ten

Drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first round (31st) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
Craig “Ironhead” Heyward was his father.

Heyward's career at Ohio State per Wikipedia:

As a true freshman in 2007, Heyward was named a freshman All-American by Sporting News, and after recording 30 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, and 2 passes broken up. The Ohio State Buckeyes went to the BCS National Championships with Heyward as a freshman, losing to Louisiana State University 38 to 24.

In 2008, he recorded 36 tackles and three sacks. The Buckeyes made it to another bowl game in the 2009 Fiesta Bowlagainst Texas, losing 24 to 21.

As a junior, in 2009, he had 10 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks, leading the Ohio State Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl, in which the Buckeyes won 26 to 17 against Oregon. Following his junior season, Heyward decided against declaring for the NFL Draft, instead returning for his senior season with the Buckeyes.[2]

Heyward amassed 48 total tackles and 3.5 sacks in his senior season, returning an interception for a career high 80 yards against Miami. He led the Buckeyes to a berth in the Allstate 2011 Sugar Bowl, beating the Arkansas Razorbacks 31 to 26.

Heyward finished his career at Ohio State with 162 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and one interception

Sources- Wikipedia and the Ohio State Team Guide

Joey Bosa

Joey Bosa DE (2013-Present)
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas HS (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Ohio State
Bosa started 10 out of the 14 games he played as a freshman.
In 2013 he made 36.5 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks and had a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

2013 Freshman All-American.
2013 Freshman All-B1G Team (captain).
2013 Honorable Mention All-B1G Team.
B1G Freshman of the Week for performance in the Northwestern game.

His dad, John Bosa, was drafted by the Dolphins in the first-round of the 1987 NFL Draft.
Eric Kumerow is his uncle.

Joey Bosa's high school resume according to the Team Guide:

Joey Bosa was one of the premier football prospects in the Class of 2013 with impressive national rankings of No. 38 (Scout), No. 47 (Rivals), No. 56 (ESPN) and No. 53 (247Sports) ... a Scout five-start prospect, Bosa earned the No. 4 overall ranking at his position - strong side defensive end - by both Scout and Rivals ... an Under Armour All-American and second-team all-USA Today pick

Sources- Ohio State Team Guide, Ohio State Football and NCAA Stats

No. 97 In the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Earl Belgrave 1973 17 435 Tackle Lions
Kenny Peterson 2003 3 79 D Tackle Packers
Cameron Heyward 2011 1 31 D Line Steelers

Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Jon Bosa

Today's Trivia Answers: 
Where did Cameron Heyward's dad play college football?

Who is Joey Bosa's uncle?
Eric Kumerow

Can you name the NFL team that drafted Joey Bosa's dad, John Bosa? 
The Miami Dolphins

If you missed them- No. 99, No. 98 and the Nic Miller Interview






Hovenaut's picture

This will be a popular entry of the series...

Had no idea Jeff Uhlenhake started out on D wearing 97 - switched to 68 and center (team captain and on Cooper's woeful first team in '88).

Thanks again Remy - another day closer!

Edit - Just two things I noticed - did you mean to hyperlink your previous entries? Also Bosa went to Thomas Aquinas HS and not Peachtree iirc. Sorry - don't mean to come across as nitpicking, just hoping to give you an extra set of eyes.

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Remy's picture

Hovenaut, good eye on Uhlenhake. As this series continues you will find a lot more Buckeyes who started their career with numbers you are not familiar with. BTW, you might want to check the article out again, you read it before I could put the pictures in.

"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

Got it - up early before the brood rises for some go juice and good reads.

Your timing impeccable good sir. I'll check back.

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Remy's picture

Just two things I noticed - did you mean to hyperlink your previous entries? Also Bosa went to Thomas Aquinas HS and not Peachtree iirc. Sorry - don't mean to come across as nitpicking, just hoping to give you an extra set of eyes.

I appreciate the help, thank you. You are correct on everything above.
A peek behind the curtain: I'm lazy, so I copy paste the player info format and forgot to change Heyward's info when working on Bosa. Hove, if you were in my class I would give you an A for editing. Unfortunately, I don't teach English "So no A for you!" (said in Soup Nazi voice).

"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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BHT's picture

I like these countdowns. Great job on these; it helps open up my knowledge on players I previously did not know of. Great job and keep it up. 

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buckguyfan1's picture

REMY at his best.  Love this stuff, thanks.

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BroJim's picture

Baseball can only do so much, thanks for helping with the painful offseason.

I season my simple food with hunger

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