Countdown: 81 Days Until Ohio State Football

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June 10, 2014 at 11:59a
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Ohio State plays at Navy to start the season in 81 days. Today's article will list the 29 players who have worn the No. 81 for the Buckeyes. Fred Kriss, Billy Anders, Louis Irizarry and Nick Vannett will be featured in today's article. 

Today's Trivia Questions:
How many players who have worn No. 81 for Ohio State have been selected in the NFL Draft?

Where did Louis Irizarry finish his college career?


Players who Wore No. 81 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Larry Shannon 1947           1947
Ralph Armstrong 1949-51           1949-51
Joel Maddox 1952            
Fred Kriss 1954-56         1955 1954-56
John Lord 1958           1958
Larry Stephens 1959-61           1959-61
Terry Meyer 1962-63            
Billy Anders 1965-67   1967 1967      
Richard Kuhn 1968-70           1968-70
Thomas Marendt 1971-72           1971-72
Robert Lillie* 1974            
Farley Bell 1975-76           1975-76
James Light 1978            
Brad Dwelle 1979-82           1979-82
John Hutchison 1984-86           1984-86
Anthony Cook 1988            
Tom Lease 1989-92           1989-92
Steve Langenkamp 1993            
Matt Jacobs* 1994-95           1995
Darik Warnke 1996-99           1997-99
Andre Hooks 2001-02            
R.J. Coleman* 2002, 2004-05           2004
Louis Irizarry 2003           2003
Marcel Frost* 2004-05           2005
Brent Ullery* 2006-07           2007
Nic DeLillo 2008-10            
Ricky Crawford 2008-10           2010
Nick Vannett 2011-13           2012

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 81
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide


Fred Kriss, WR / PK (1954-56)
High School: Austin (Austin, TX)

Ohio State
5 receptions, 87 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Buckeyes went 23-5 with Kriss on the team.
1954 National Champions.
Won 2 Big Ten titles.
2-1 against That Team.

1955 Academic All-Big Ten.

Against that team in 1955 Kriss kicked a field goal (drop kick from the 14 yard line) that put Ohio State up 3-0. The Buckeyes won the game 17-0. The recap of the game is here.
Kicked extra-points during his Ohio State career.
His dad was Howie "Buckeye Bullet" Kriss.  
Interesting newspaper article about Fred Kriss.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and

Bill Anders

Bill Anders, WR (1965-67)

Ohio State
108 receptions, 1,318 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Ended his Ohio State career 1st all-time in receptions and receiving yards.
The Buckeyes were 17-10 and 2-1 against That Team with Bill Anders on the team.

1967 Captain
1967 All-Big Ten

Bill Anders' career per

Every one of the players on this list was a high school star before he got to Ohio State. Not Anders, however. He didn’t even play high school football. On a dare, he went out for the team as a sophomore walk-on and became team captain by his senior year in 1967.

By his own admission, Anders was the slowest receiver on the team. But what he lacked in quickness, he more than made up for with great hands. Oldtimers still talk about a touchdown catch he had during a 14-10 win over Iowa in 1966. On a third-and-8 play, Anders slipped to the turf while making his cut and still managed to reach up and snag the ball one-handed to sustain the winning touchdown drive.

By the time he finished his career in 1967, he was the school’s all-time leading receiver with 108 catches for 1,318 yards.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and

Louis Irizarry

Louis Irizarry, TE (2003)
1984 (Youngstown)
High School: Ursuline (Youngstown)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 11-2 with Irizarry on the team.
Played on the special teams unit.
Suspended from team in 2004. Finished career at Youngstown State.
Played against Ohio State in 2007. Story by Ken Gordon of The Dispatch.

Irizarry's off-field troubles per

October 27, 2003: Ohio State tight end Louis Irizarry is arrested on three counts of first-degree misdemeanor assault. He is suspended two days later, and is found guilty of one count of assault, one count of negligent assault, and one count of disorderly conduct. He is put on probation, and is listed as second on the depth chart at tight end on Ohio State's spring 2004 roster.


May 1, 2004: Ohio State tight end Louis Irizarry and cornerback Ira Guilford are arrested and charged with robbery after a student is assaulted and his wallet is stolen at 3 AM.

June 7, 2004: Ohio State tight end Louis Irizarry is arrested for criminal trespassing after police pull him over and discover he has been banned from the campus of Ohio State.

October 12, 2004: Louis Irizarry is sentenced to three years in prison.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, The Columbus Dispatch,

Nick Vannett

Nick Vannett (2011-Present)
High School: Westerville Central (Westerville)

Ohio State
17 receptions, 203 yards and 1 touchdown.
The Buckeyes are 30-9 with Vannett on the team.
2-1 against That Team.

Vannett's career per the 2013 Ohio State Team Guide:

Nick Vannett red-shirted the 2011 season and then earned considerable playing time at tight end during the Buckeyes’ 2012 undefeated season … he was awarded with his first varsity letter after playing in all 12 games last season … was in the starting lineup twice: vs. Alabama-Birmingham and Nebraska … he ranked fifth on the team with nine receptions and 123 receivingyards … he averaged 13.7 yards per reception and had a long catch of 32 yards vs. Nebraska … had two catches vs. Miami, California
and Illinois … a member of the 2011 Ohio State recruiting class.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and


No. 81 in the NFL Draft
The Buckeyes have never had a player selected who wore No. 81. 

Today's Trivia Answers:
How many players who have worn No. 81 for Ohio State have been selected in the NFL Draft?

Where did Louis Irizarry finish his college career?
Youngstown State.

Vannett squashes a Wolverine

171 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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Hovenaut's picture

That's a shame about Irizzary, I remember he had gotten into trouble but had forgotten the details.

At least this isn't a Florida Gator countdown to football (sorry, I could not resist)...

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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Knarcisi's picture

I remember Tom Lease being a pretty good player. 

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