Countdown: 70 Days Until Ohio State Football

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June 21, 2014 at 2:09a
Weekend on the Lake

In 10 Saturdays Ohio State will open the season at Navy. The weather in Central Ohio on this Saturday is perfect for outside activities. Today's article will list the 33 players who wore No. 70 for Ohio State. Featured players are Richard Hilinski, Dave Foley* and George Hasenohrl. 

*Ohio State's Dave Foley, not Dave Foley from my favorite sketch comedy show. The show I once received a speeding ticket for because I wanted to get home in time to watch it.

Players who Wore No. 70 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Mike Hodick 1938            
Harold Comsweet 1939-40            
Peter Hershberger* 1941           1941
John White 1942           1942
William Miller 1943           1943
Floyd Engle 1944            
Max Schnittker 1945-46           1945-46
Emil Moldea 1947           1947
William Miller 1948-50           1948-50
Richard Schiller 1952           1952
Richard Hilinski 1953-54   1954   1954 1954 1953-54
Alex Nagy 1957           1957
Robert Leshner 1958            
Richard Michael* 1959           1959
Richard Laskoski 1961           1961
Dennis Hullinger 1963            
Mark Green 1964-65            
David Foley 1966-68 1968 1968 1968 1966, 1967, 1968 1966, 1968 1966-68
George Hasenohrl 1970-72   1971, 1972 1972     1970-72
Richard Middleton 1971-73     1973     1971-73
Robert Willard 1973           1973
Stephen Koegel* 1974-75            
Joseph Robinson* 1976-78   1978       1976-78
Steve Simpson* 1979            
William Roberts 1980-83     1983     1980-83
Steve France 1989           1989
Matt Bonhaus 1991-95     1995     1992-95
William Pawlikowski 1997            
Mike Collins* 1997            
Scott Kuhnhein 1998-02         2000 2000-02
Brandon Maupin 2003-04            
Bryant Browning 2006-10     2010   2007, 2008, 2009 2007-10
Tim Trummer 2011-12            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 70
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Dick Hilinski with other Buckeye players

Dick Hilinski, (1953-54)
Born: 1931
Died: 1955 (Ann Arbor, MI)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 16-3 with Hilinski on the team.
Won the 1954 National Championship.
Won the 1954 Big Ten Championship.
Defeated USC 20-7 in the 1955 Rose Bowl.

1954 All-Big Ten.
1954 Academic All-American.
1954 Academic All-Big Ten.

Dick Hilinski's death according to the Milwaukee Sentinel (Oct. 22, 1955):

Dick Hilinski, All-Big Ten and third string All-American football tackle at Ohio State last year, was killed Friday night in an auto accident 15 miles northeast of Ann Arbor.

Hilinski, 24, was thrown from a foreign make car driven by Sylvester J. Blake, 25 of Columbus, Ohio.

1950s Car

Sheriff's officers said the car went out of control as it met another car on a curve.

Hilinski, hurled 45 feet from the car, died almost instantly of head injuries. Blake also suffered a head injury but was released from a hospital after treatment.

The two were en route to Fenton, Mich., for a wedding Saturday.

Hilinski completed eligibility at Ohio State last year but was helping out the coaching staff this year while taking graduate work in medical school.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide

Dave Foley

Dave Foley, Tackle (1966-68)
Born: 1947 (Cincinnati)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 20-8 with Foley on the team.
Won the 1968 National Championship.
Won the 1968 Big Ten Championship.
Defeated USC 27-16 in the 1969 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-0 against That Team and outscored them 74-28.

1968 Captain.
1968 All-American.
1968 All-Big Ten.
1968 Academic All-American.
1968 Academic All-Big Ten.
1967 Academic All-American.
1966 Academic All-American.
1966 Academic All-Big Ten.
1969 first round selection of the Jets in the NFL Draft.
1973 Pro Bowl.
1984 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Foley also competed in track and field at Ohio State. He placed third in the shot put at the Big Ten championship in 1968.

Refereed MAC football games for 18 years.

Dave Foley's biography per

Dave Foley

Dave Foley’s name may be familiar to you because of his football career. His academic and professional credentials are just as solid.

He started Dave Foley & Associates in 1972 specializing in life and health group benefits. The business expanded to include retirement plan Third Party Administration in 1986. The company grew again in 1999 creating Foley Benefits Group, LLC to provide the TPA and group benefits services.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide,, and Wikipedia


Ohio State

George Hasenohrl, (1970-72)
Born: 1951 (Cleveland)
High School: Garfield Heights

Died: 2002 (Cleveland)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 24-7 with Hasenohrl on the team.
Won the 1970 National Championship.
Won the 1970 Big Ten Title.
Won the 1972 Big Ten Title.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1972 Captain.
1972 Team MVP.
1972 All-Big Ten.
1971 All-Big Ten.

1973 he was selected by the Giants in the 8th round of the NFL Draft.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and


No. 70 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Bill Miller 1951 26 305 Tackle Packers
Dave Foley 1969 1 26 OT Jets
George Hasenohrl 1973 8 198 DT Giants
Rick Middleton 1974 1 13 LB Saints
Joe Robinson 1979 9 229 OT Chiefs

Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game

160 day until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. It's late, I'm sure I made one.

"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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Remy's picture

Another classic sketch from Foley:


"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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cajunbuckeye's picture

That is a tragic story about the death of Dick Hilinski. Nothing good ever happens in Ann Arbor.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

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Remy's picture

CajunBuckeye, Hilinksi's story surprised me. The players who wore jersey numbers in the 70s (No. 70 and No. 78 in particular) have had bad luck. "Nothing good ever happens in Ann Arbor." Words of wisdom.

"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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