Countdown: 68 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
June 23, 2014 at 12:20a


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.


Players who Wore No. 68 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Jack Crabbe 1938            
Ward Perry 1939            
John Correll 1940            
John Placas 1941           1941
Phillip Drake 1942           1942
Bill Dunivant 1943            
Donald Zangara 1945           1945
Ramon DiPierro* 1946-48           1946-48
Paul Faehl 1950           1950
Raymond Riticher 1952-53           1952
Russell Provenza* 1955           1955
Birtho Arnold 1957-59           1957-59
Gary Moeller 1960-62     1962     1960-62
Douglas Van Horn 1963-65 1965 1965       1963-65
Ronald Coleman 1966            
Victor Stottlemyer* 1967           1967
Jim Stillwagon 1968-70 1969, 1970 1969, 1970 1970     1968-1970
Charles Baxter* 1971            
John Cummings 1972           1972
James O'Rourke 1974-75            
Tim Sawicki 1976-79           1976-79
Donte Wheat 1981            
Mark Hocevar 1982           1982
Tim James 1984-85            
Jeff Uhlenhake* 1986-88 1988 1986 1988     1986-88
Jason Winrow 1990-93   1993       1990-93
Winfield Garnett 1994-97     1997     1995-97
Nick Spiess 1996-97            
LeCharles Bentley 1998-2001 2001 2001       1998-2001
Drew Norman* 2003            
Tim Schafer* 2004-06           2004-06
Evan Blankenship 2007-11           2011
Taylor Decker 2012-13           2012

 *Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 68
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Jim Stillwagon

Jim Stillwagon, DT (1968-70)
Born: 1949 (Mount Vernon, Ohio)

Ohio State
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 Captain.
1970 All-American.
1970 All-Big Ten.
1969 All-American.
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.

Stillwagon's road rage case.

Jim Stillwagon's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

Lombardi Award

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.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia


Jeff Uhlenhake, C (1985-88)
Born: 1966 (Indianapolis)
High School: Newark Catholic

Ohio State
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 Captain.
1988 Team MVP.
1988 All-American.
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

Strength and Conditioning

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:

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide,, Wikipedia and

LeCharles Bentley

LeCharles Bentley, C (1998-2001)
Born: 1979 (Cleveland)
High School: St. Ignatius

Ohio State
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-American.
2001 All-Big Ten.
2001 Ohio State Offensive Player of the Year.

LeCharles Bentley's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

Rimington Award

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.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia


No. 68 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Gary Moeller 1963 5 66 OG 49ers
Doug Van Horn 1966 4 55 OG Lions
Jim Stillwagon 1971 5 124 LB  Packers
Jeff Uhlenhake 1989 5 121 C Dolphins
Jason Winrow 1994 6 186 OG Giants
LeCharles Bentley 2002 2 44 C Saints

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game

158 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

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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BroJim's picture

Midnight edition?! I'll have to finish it in the morning. Thanks Remy.

I season my simple food with hunger

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

I know this has nothing to do with his career with the buckeyes.  But, wasn't Stillwagon arrested for shooting at someone on the highway while he was riding a motorcycle or something?

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Remy's picture

VintonCountyBuck, Yes. In his feature I have it listed under Miscellaneous. This is the link that is above, it is an article from The Dispatch that covers his acquittal.

"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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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Ahh.. Thank you Remy.  I must've overlooked that part.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Jeff Uhlenhake's cameo in Ace Ventura Pet Detective still cracks me up. That and Keith Byars getting chloroformed LOL.


"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

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