We are now 68 days away from Ohio State's season opener at Navy. Below you will find a list of the 33 players who have worn the No. 68 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are: Jim Stillwagon, Jeff Uhlenhake and LeCharles Bentley.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Douglas Van Horn||1963-65||1965||1965||1963-65|
|Jim Stillwagon||1968-70||1969, 1970||1969, 1970||1970||1968-1970|
Jim Stillwagon, DT (1968-70)
Born: 1949 (Mount Vernon, Ohio)
The Buckeyes were 27-2 with Stillwagon on the team.
1968 won the National Championship.
1970 won the National Championship.
Won 3 Big Ten Titles.
Defeated USC 27-16 in the 1969 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
1970 Lombardi Award Winner.
1970 Outland Trophy Winner.
1970 All-Big Ten.
1969 All-Big Ten.
1979 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
1991 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
2000 Named to the Ohio State All-Century Team.
Was drafted by the Packers, but decided to play in the CFL for the Toronto Argonauts. In 2009 Stillwagon was named an All-Time Argonaut.
Jim Stillwagon's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
Jim Stillwagon made college football history in 1970 by becoming the first player to win the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in the same year.
Stillwagon, a three-year starter at middle guard for the Buckeyes between 1968 and 1970, was a unanimous All-American as a junior and senior.
During “Wagon’s” three seasons at Ohio State, the Buckeyes compiled a 27-2 record, won three Big Ten championships, played in two Rose Bowls and won a pair of national championships.
With Stillwagon clogging the middle, the Ohio State defense simply shut down opposing offenses. In 1969, the Buckeyes gave up just 93 total points. In 1970, only two opponents scored more than 13 points; five were held to under 10 points.
Tough, strong, aggressive, intelligent, relentless: all are adjectives that were used to describe Stillwagon. He was quite simply the best defensive lineman in college football in 1970. No one was surprised when he walked off with the Outland and Lombardi awards. The surprise would have come if someone else had been chosen.
After graduation, Stillwagon was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He chose instead to play in the Canadian Football League and was one of the premier defensive linemen in that league before retiring.
Stillwagon, a member of the College Football (1991) and Ohio State Athletics (1979) halls of fame, is president of Stillwagon Enterprises in Columbus.
Jeff Uhlenhake, C (1985-88)
Born: 1966 (Indianapolis)
High School: Newark Catholic
The Buckeyes went 29-16-2 with Uhlenhake on the team.
1986 won the Big Ten Title.
Defeated BYU 10-7 in the 1985 Citrus Bowl.
Defeated Texas A&M 28-12 in the 1987 Cotton Bowl.
1988 Team MVP.
1986 All-Big Ten.
2008 Inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.
Uhlenhake is currently working with Ohio State's strength and conditioning program.
Played in the NFL from 1989-1998. Played for the Dolphins, Saints and Redskins.
Uhlenhake's Ohio State career and current job with Buckeyes per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Jeff Uhlenhake is in his seventh season as an Ohio State football strength and conditioning assistant. The former Ohio State All-American and 10-year NFL veteran works with the Buckeyes in all phases of their training and physical development.
A four-year starter at offensive guard and then center for the Buckeyes, Uhlenhake was a two-time All-Big Ten honoree and earned first-team All-America honors as a senior in 1988, when he served as a captain and was voted the team's most valuable player. Uhlenhake was drafted by the Miami Dolphins and played 10 years in the NFL, including five seasons with Miami (1989-93), two with New Orleans (1994-95) and three with Washington (1996-98).
Coach Uhlenhake will teach you how to train your neck:
LeCharles Bentley, C (1998-2001)
Born: 1979 (Cleveland)
High School: St. Ignatius
The Buckeyes went 32-16 with Bentley on the team.
Won a Big Ten Title in 1998.
Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 in the 1999 Sugar Bowl.
2001 Rimington Award Winner.
2001 All-Big Ten.
2001 Ohio State Offensive Player of the Year.
LeCharles Bentley's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
LeCharles Bentley was another in a long line of outstanding offensive linemen at Ohio State. During the 2001 season , he won consensus all-Big Ten and All-America honors, was chosen as the Big Ten’s Offensive Lineman of the Year and was named winner of the second annual Dave Rimington Award as the best center in college football. He became the 20th Ohio State player to win a major award.
Bentley, a native of Cleveland, enjoyed a stellar senior year, capping a brilliant career starting all 11 regular-season games and grading out to a winning performance in each game. Time and again, it was the 6-2, 300-pound Bentley who was called upon to provide the key block that either kept a drive alive or led to an Ohio State touchdown. He graded 90 percent or better in nine of the 11 games he played and was chosen as offensive lineman of the week five times. At the end of the season, the coaching staff selected him as the offensive player of the year.
Bentley was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes. He started the final seven games of the 1999 season (six at guard and one at tackle) before moving to center as a junior in 2000. He started all 12 games as a junior, playing through a painful lower back condition, and won second-team All-Big Ten honors.
At the end of his senior year, he won first-team All-America honors on the Walter Camp, Football Writers, Football Coaches, and Associated Press teams. As a senior, Bentley faced the challenge of playing for a new coaching staff. He quickly won that group’s confidence and admiration with his tough, smart and physical
style of play.
A second-round pick of the New Orleans Saints in the 2002 NFL Draft, Bentley was named Sports Illustrated’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. He earned two Pro Bowl selections during his career with the Saints and Cleveland Browns.
|Doug Van Horn||1966||4||55||OG||Lions|
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
158 days until The Game.