Countdown: 82 Days Until Ohio State Football

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June 9, 2014 at 12:43a
What Could Have Been

Ohio State plays at Navy to start the season in 82 days. Today's article will list the 32 players who have worn the No. 82 for the Buckeyes. William Spahr and Ray Small will be featured in today's article. Hopefully a future Buckeye will take the No. 82 and make the number his legacy. As of today the number needs it.

If you missed any articles in the countdown.

Ray Small's game changing play against Wisconsin.

Players who Wore No. 82 at Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-Big Ten Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Leon Schoenbaum 1941           1941
Thomas Antenucci 1942            
Eugene Clark 1943           1943
Traian Dendiu 1944-46           1944-46
Thomas Watson* 1945           1945
Dale Bonnie 1947           1947
Richard Anderson 1952           1952
Paul Ludwig* 1953-54           1953-54
Larry Disher 1957           1957
Charles Wittmer 1959-61           1959-61
William Spahr 1962-64   1964 1964     1962-64
Lonnie Doles 1965            
Rufus Mayes* 1967           1967
Bruce Jankowski 1968-70           1968-70
David Hazel 1972-74           1972-74
Joseph Robinson* 1975           1975
Ronald Barwig 1977-80           1977-80
Byron Lee 1982-85           1982-85
Tim Haller* 1984-85            
Wes Siegenthaler 1986            
Jay Koch 1987-90           1987-90
Norman Williams* 1991            
Max Langenkamp 1992-94           1994
Mike Furrey 1996-97           1996
Drew Carter* 1999-01           2000-01
Roy Hall* 2002-03         2003 2003
Devin Jordan* 2004-05            
Andy Miller* 2006-07            
Ray Small* 2008-09           2008-09
Kyle Schuck 2010            
Ryan Carter 2012            
James Clark 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 82
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Bill Spahr

Bill Spahr (1962-64)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 18-8-1 when Spahr was on the team and 2-1 against That Team.

1964 Captain.
1964 All-Big Ten

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide

Ray Small

Ray Small, WR (2006-09)
Born: 1987 (Cleveland)
High School: Glenville (Cleveland)

Ohio State
61 receptions, 659 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Buckeyes went 44-8, won 4 Big Ten titles and the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Small was suspended for the Rose Bowl for a violation of team rules.
Returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against Wisconsin in 2009.
3rd all-time at Ohio State with 78 punt returns
5th all-time with 790 punt return yards.

9th all-time with 715 kickoff return yards.

Small started his Ohio State career wearing No. 4.
Switched to No. 82 after getting in Jim Tressel's doghouse.
Suspended multiple times at Ohio State.
Ray Small's dad disagreed with his treatment at Ohio State.

Small sold his Big Ten Championship rings.

Ray Small's current legal trouble per Doug Lesmerises and

Small in Court

Wearing a tan top stamped with FCCC on the back over a white T-shirt, sporting a beard and a thicker upper body than during his Ohio State playing career, former Buckeyes receiver Ray Small was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.

Judge Patrick Sheeran handed down the sentence after a joint recommendation from the prosecution and the defense on felony drug and gun charges resulting from an arrest in July of 2013.

Small, a Glenville High grad, also had been recently sentenced to three years in prison resulting from drug charges in Meigs County, Ohio. As agreed to by all parties, the sentences will run at the same time, so Small will spend no more than four years in prison...

...And though the charges were serious, the prosecutor said in court that they were worse on paper than in actuality, calling the drug operation Small was involved with "amateurish," while noting the gun found in Small's waistband by police was unloaded, as was another gun in the room.

In a document presented to the court, Small said he was attempting to raise $10,000 to open a daycare center when he was arrested...

...Small finished his playing career at Ohio State as a senior in 2009, and was suspended for what should have been his final game, the 2010 Rose Bowl against Oregon, for a violation of team rules. He never finished his degree at Ohio State...

...Upon entering the courtroom just before 11 a.m., Small looked back and flashed a brief smile at his parents, who were sitting in the back of the courtroom. But no hint of Small's previous life as an Ohio State football player was mentioned. He did take the opportunity to address the judge before sentencing.

New Team Photo

"I take full responsibility for my actions, and I'm very apologetic to the court and to my family," Small said, before asking for any possibility of a second chance.

Brehm said when Small was originally charged, he was likely looking at a five-to-10-year sentence. So four years, with the opportunity to possibly get out after one, may be that chance.

"I think he is relieved to have this in the rearview mirror," Brehm said.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide,,, and


No. 82 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Rufus Mayes* 1969 1 14 OT Bears
Bruce Jankowski 1971 10 250 WR Chiefs
Dave Hazel 1975 11 261 WR Colts
Joseph Robinson+ 1979 9 229 OT Chiefs
Byron Lee 1986 7 176 LB Eagles
Drew Carter# 2004 5 163 WR Panthers
Roy Hall# 2007 5 169 WR Colts

*Wore No. 73 when drafted.
+ Wore No. 70 when drafted.
# Wore No. 8 when drafted.
Sources- Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game

172 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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AngryWoody's picture

Damn, I forgot how fast Ray Small was.


Our Honor Defend!

Remy's picture

AngryWoody, Did this not show up in the article? It should have been under the first paragraph and picture of Small.

"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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IH8UOFM's picture

I remember that return like it was yesterday. Ray was straight electric in the return game, shame he went down the path he did....

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buckskin's picture

Thanks for all the hard work Remy. Ray Small raising money for a daycare, sounds pretty damn believable to me. I mean the guns were unloaded after all. Here's hoping he gets his life back on the right track like Clarett.

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Remy's picture

Here's hoping he gets his life back on the right track like Clarett.

Bucksin, Great comment. That would be a great ending to the Ray Small story. I hope it happens.

"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

Raising money for a daycare and having guns around made me think of this:

Kids and Guns Daycare Center


"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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