Another article and another day closer to Ohio State playing at Navy. Below you will find a list of the 25 players who have worn No. 65 for Ohio State. Today's featured players are Ray Pryor, Justin Boren and Pat Elflein.
Today's Trivia Question:
What school did Justin Boren's dad, Mike, play college football for?
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Ray Pryor||1964-66||1966||1965, 1966||1966||1965, 1966||1964-66|
|Mike Gurr*||1998-00||1998, 1999, 2000||1998-00|
|Steve Graef||2001-03||2002, 2003||2003|
Ray Pryor, C (1964-66)
High School: Garfield (Hamilton, Ohio)
The Buckeyes were 18-9 with Pryor on the team.
Ohio State finished second in the Big Ten in 1964 and 1965.
1966 All-Big Ten.
1966 Academic All-Big Ten.
1965 All-Big Ten.
1965 Academic All-Big Ten.
Justin Boren, OG (2009-10)
Born: 1988 (Pickerington)
High School: Pickerington Central and North
The Buckeyes went 23-3* with Boren on the team.
Defeated Oregon 26-17 in the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Defeated Arkansas 31-26 in the 2011 Sugar Bowl*.
Went 2-0 against That Team.
*NCAA sanctions be damned.
2010 Jim Parker Award.
2010 All-Big Ten.
2009 All-Big Ten.
Boren's transfer and Ohio State career per cbssports.com:
Not since World War II has a football player done what Justin Boren did in 2008. After two seasons at Michigan, Boren transferred to Ohio State, crossing enemy lines in the Big Ten's most storied rivalry. Displeased with new Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez's attitude and, in his words, "lack of values" and seemed to have difficulty adjusting to the physical demands of Rodriguez's new no-huddle spread offense.
As a true freshman at Michigan, Boren played in five games and made one start at right guard. He started every game as a sophomore, with eight starts at center and five at left guard.
After transferring to OSU he redshirted in his first year at Columbus. Boren started 11 games in his first year as a Buckeye and was named first-team All-Big Ten, then started every game at left guard while earning second-team all-conference honors.
Boren has been known to play with the nasty demeanor offensive line coaches like and was a welcome addition to an OSU line having some protection problems prior to his arrival.
Boren's NFL career per denverbroncos.com:
• A second-year offensive guard who competed on practice squads with Baltimore (2011) and Detroit (2012) the last two seasons.
• Appeared on the Ravens' active roster during the club's 2011 postseason but did not play in any games.
• Started 26 career games at Ohio State University (2009-10) and was the recipient of the Jim Parker Award, given by OSU coaches to the team's Outstanding Offensive Lineman, as a senior.
• Transferred to the Buckeyes after playing his first two years at the University of Michigan, becoming just the third individual in history to play football for both teams in the storied Ohio State-Michigan rivalry.
• Opened games at each position along the interior offensive line during his first two collegiate seasons with the Wolverines.
• Joined the Broncos as a free agent on Jan. 15, 2013.
• Entered the NFL with Baltimore as a college free agent on July 28, 2011.
Pat Elflein, OG (2012-Present)
High School: Garfield (Hamilton, Ohio)
The Buckeyes are 24-2 with Elflein on the team.
Elflein replaced Marcus Hall in The Game last year after Hall was ejected for showing his respects to That Team's fans.
Ohio State is 2-0 against That Team with Elflein on the team.
Elflein's performance in The Game as reported by Daniel Rogers of thelantern.com:
Redshirt-senior right guard Marcus Hall might steal the headlines for his two-fingered salute to the Michigan fans as he departed from Saturday’s game after being ejected for his involvement in a fight, but it was redshirt-freshman Pat Elflein who stole the show. ...
Elflein, a right guard from Pickerington, Ohio, was inserted into No. 2 OSU’s (12-0, 8-0) 42-41 win against Michigan (7-5, 3-5) midway through the second quarter, and played for the remainder of the game for the Buckeyes.
Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said seeing Elflein perform well wasn’t a surprise, because of how Elflein prepares for games.
“Pat did a tremendous job, I think that speaks a lot to the way he works during the week and he just prepared to go in there and win the game for us. That’s something he did and he embraced it,” Mewhort said. “He’s not a kid anymore after playing in an environment like that. You kind of grow up a little bit and I think that was a really good learning experience for him. He thrived and I think he played really well.”
Mewhort added that Elflein handled a tough situation well for an inexperienced player.
“I’m very proud of him. He went in there under a lot of pressure, and really probably one of the tougher environments we play in, and thrived,” Mewhort said. “Obviously you’re playing against (redshirt-senior center) Corey Linsley who knows everything that’s going on out there and it’s doing a very good job of communicating calls … If those guys weren’t out there, I think he would have been fine.”
*John Hicks wore No. 74 when drafted.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
Today's Trivia Answer:
What school did Justin Boren's dad, Mike, play college football for? That Team from 1980-83. He finished his career 2nd on the all-time tackles list for That Team with 212 tackles. Today he ranks 6th all-time. Mike Boren played high school football for Eastmoor even though he lived in Independence's district (Walnut Heights).
155 days until The Game.