Countdown: 32 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 29, 2014 at 12:06a


In 32 days the Buckeyes will travel to Baltimore to start the 2014 season against Navy. Below you will find a list with the 36 players who have worn No. 32 for Ohio State. Today's featured players are Joseph Gailus, Jack Tatum and Na'il Diggs.




Players who Wore No. 32 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Joseph Gailus 1933 1932, 1933 1932, 1933 1933     1931-33
James Torrance 1934            
Robert Masoner* 1936            
John Santschi 1938-40           1940
Loren Staker 1941-42           1942
Paul Davis 1943           1943
David Bonnie* 1946           1946
Earl Bechtel 1952           1952
Russell Provenza* 1957           1957
Roger Detrick 1959-60           1959-60
Douglas Drenik 1962-64           1962-64
Rudy Smith 1966-67            
Jack Tatum 1968-70 1969, 1970 1968, 1969, 1970       1968-70
Rick Middleton 1971-73         1973 1971-73
Douglas Bargerstock 1974           1974
Kelton Dansler* 1976-78   1977, 1978       1976-78
Rowland Tatum 1981-83   1983 1983     1981-83
Tom Anderzack 1984-87            
Mike Mortin* 1986            
Tony Fenstermaker* 1987            
Dave Bals 1988-89            
Carlos Luna 1989            
Robert Smith 1990            
Dan Finck 1991-92            
Scott Terna* 1993           1993
Gerald Carlson 1993            
Obie Stillwell* 1994-95           1994-95
Na'il Diggs 1996-99 1999 1998       1997-99
Marco Cooper 2000-01           2000-01
Brandon Mitchell 2002-06         2003, 2004, 2006 2003-06
Ryan Pretorius* 2004            
Eugene Clifford 2007            
Taylor Rice* 2008-09            
Storm Klein 2009-12           2009-11
Darryl Wood 2011            
Russel Doup* 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 32
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide


Joseph Gailus was a two-time All-American.
Joseph Gailus was a two-time All-American.

Joseph Gailus, G (1931-33)
Vandergrift, PA

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 17-5-3 with Gailus on the team.

1933 Captain.
1933 All-American.
1933 All-Big Ten.
1932 All-American.
1932 All-Big Ten.



Joseph Gailus' Ohio State career per

Gailus played both offense and defense for Ohio State.
Gailus played both offense and defense for Ohio State.

Joseph Gailus played the game when many players played both offense and defense, and his quickness, versatility and strength enabled him to do just that. A three-year starter, he opened holes on offense and was solid tackler on defense, also making several interceptions. Gailus, a team co-captain with Sid Gillman in 1933, was a two-time All-American for the Buckeyes in 1932 and 1933 and he was named All-Big Ten those two years as well. He was chosen to play in the East/West Shrine all-star game following his senior season. The Buckeyes had a three-year record of 17-5-2 during his tenure. Galius was from Vandergrift, Pa. When he and Gillman were co-captains in 1933, it marked just the second time in school history that two players served as co-captains for a season.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and





Jack Tatum
Tatum was a two-time National Champion and All-American for Ohio State. The B1G's best defensive back is given an award named in Tatum's honor.

Jack Tatum, DB (1968-70)
Born: 1948 (Cherryville, NC)
High School: Passaic (NJ)
Died: 2010 (Oakland, CA)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 27-2 with Tatum on the team.
1968 National Champion.
1970 National Champion.
1968 Big Ten Title.
1969 Big Ten Title.
1970 Big Ten Title.
1969 Defeated USC 27-16 to win the Rose Bowl.
1968 Defeated No. 1 Purdue 13-0.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
1968 Defeated No. 1 Purdue 13-0.




Tatum was called "The Assassin" for his hard hitting style.
Tatum was called "The Assassin" for his hard hitting style.

1970 National Defensive Player of the Year.
1970 All-American.
1970 All-Big Ten.
1969 All-American.
1969 All-Big Ten.
1968 All-Big Ten.
Super Bowl XI Champion.
1973 Football Digest NFL Defensive Back of the Year.
Pro Bowl in 1973, 1974 and 1975.
All-Pro in 1974 and 1977.
1981 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.
2004 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Jack Tatum's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

Wolverine hunting.
Wolverine hunting.

Jack Tatum was one of the dominant defensive players and most intimidating forces in college football during his career at Ohio State. A three-year starter, a two-time All-American and the national Defensive Player of the Year as a senior, he was known for his tenacity and fierce style of play.

The 6-1, 208-pound Tatum came to Ohio State as a running back, but moved to defense in the spring of his freshman year. He was a mainstay of the defense for the next three seasons as OSU rolled up a 27-2 record and won the 1968 national championship, two Big Ten titles and played in two Rose Bowls.






Hard Hitter.

The Oakland Raiders selected him in the first round of the 1971 NFL Draft. In his nine-year career, he was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was a member of the 1976 Super Bowl champion Raiders. 

He was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. The outstanding defensive back in the Big Ten is awarded the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award.

Tatum's high school career and recruitment to Ohio State per Wikipedia:

Tatum's jersey number was retired at Passaic High School.
Tatum's jersey number was retired at Passaic High School. 

Tatum was born in Cherryville, North Carolina, and grew up in Passaic, New Jersey, where he had little interest in playing sports in his early years. Tatum did not begin playing football until he entered his sophomore year at Passaic High School, where he played as a running back, fullback and defensive back and was selected first-team All-State. He was selected a high school All-American as a senior. In 1999, the Newark Star-Ledger named Tatum as one of New Jersey's top ten defensive players of the century.




Woody Hayes

Tatum visited a number of universities before starting his collegiate career with the Ohio State University Buckeyes. Head coach Woody Hayes recruited Tatum as a running back. However, assistant coach Lou Holtz convinced Hayes to switch Tatum to defensive back during Tatum's freshman season. Tatum was used by the Buckeyes to cover the opposing team's best wide receiver, but he also was used occasionally as a linebacker due to the nature of his hits and his innate ability to bring down even the biggest fullback or tight end.

He first became known to college football observers as a sophomore when he helped limit All-American Leroy Keyes during a 13-0 upset against the Purdue Boilermakers during the early part of the 1968 season.

Tatum's role in the immaculate reception per Wikipedia:

Should that have been a completion?

Tatum was involved in one of the most famous plays in National Football League history, the Immaculate Reception, during the AFC divisional playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 23, 1972. With 22 seconds left in the game, Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw threw a pass to running back John "Frenchy" Fuqua. Tatum collided with Fuqua, knocking the ball into the air. The ball fell into the hands of Steelers running back Franco Harris, who ran it 42 yards for the game-winning touchdown. The play is famous because NFL rules at the time prohibited a receiver from batting the ball to another player of the same team. The referees ruled that Tatum had touched the ball and therefore Harris's touchdown was permitted, allowing the Steelers to win the game. posted this article with unseen footage of the play: The NFL’s Greatest Whodunnit: The Immaculate Reception


The hit.


An article written by Mike Lopresti of that covers Jack Tatum's hit on Darryl Stingley, their lives after the hit and Jack Tatum's death.




Na'il Diggs left for the NFL after his junior season.
Na'il Diggs left for the NFL after his junior season.

Na'il Diggs, LB (1996-99)
1978 (Phoenix, AZ)
High School: Dorsey (Los Angeles)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were  with Diggs on the team.

1999 All-American.
1998 All-Big Ten.


Diggs' Ohio State career per

Diggs was an All-American as a junior.
Diggs was an All-American as a junior.

Diggs emerged as one of the top outside linebackers in the Big Ten Conference and nationally in his three seasons - 1997-99 - at Ohio State. A 37-game veteran who started 26-consecutive games dating to the Michigan game of his red-shirt freshman season in 1997, Diggs was named a first-team All-American in 1999 by the Football News after garnering Playboy preseason All-American honors heading into the season. He was also named a semifinalist for the Butkus Award and the Football News Defensive Player of the Year Award and he was named second-team all-Big Ten Conference.







Diggs making plays

Diggs led the Buckeyes in tackles as a junior with 94 (64 solo). He also led the team with 15 tackles-for-loss, totalling 53 yards, six quarterback sacks and three forced fumbles. He had a career-high 14 tackles vs. Wisconsin with additional high games of 11 tackles vs. Iowa, 10 vs. Miami in the Kickoff Classic - including four tackles-for-loss - and 10 vs. Cincinnati. He was outstanding on the field vs. Penn State, notching six tackles and two tackles-for-loss, including an end zone, fumble-forcing quarterback sack that led to an Ohio State touchdown. His junior totals raise his career statistics to 202 total tackles, 39 tackles-for-loss (tie for seventh all-time at Ohio State), 18 quarterback sacks (tie for fifth at OSU), 165 tackles-for-loss yards (seventh at OSU) and 118 quarterback sack yards (fifth at OSU). His overall statistics totals also include five pass break-ups, four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, including one he returned 47 yards for a touchdown in 1998 vs. Illinois, and an interception.

Diggs exploded onto the national scene as a sophomore in 1998, being named first-team all-Big Ten Conference in his first full season as a collegiate linebacker (he played as a rush defensive end his first two years at Ohio State). A key performer on the nation's No. 1 defense against the run and No. 2 total defensive unit, Diggs was second on the team with 80 tackles and he led the squad with 16 tackles-for-losses totalling 73 yards. His six sacks ranked second among Buckeyes.


As a red-shirt freshman in 1997, Diggs played in all 13 games at defensive end and started the final two: against Michigan and in the Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State. He led the team in sacks with six, including three vs. Minnesota (the second-highest game sack total in OSU history).

Diggs was one of the top players in the state of California as a senior and originally committed to attend Southern California, but later changed his mind. He was then offered a scholarship to attend Ohio State, and he accepted.

Diggs decides to turn pro per

Ohio State junior linebacker Na'il Diggs announced today (Tuesday, Jan. 4) that he has decided to give up his final season of collegiate eligibility to pursue a career in the National Football League.

"I learned at the young age of 13 when my mother passed away that the future is not promised to anyone," Diggs said at a packed press conference at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center. "I feel that I must seize the opportunity that is presently before me and act on it."


Diggs was drafted by the Packers in 2000.

He is the 13th Buckeye in the 1990s to leave school early and declare for the NFL Draft. Ten of the first 12 who left early were selected in the first round of the NFL Draft, including No. 1 picks Dan Wilkinson in 1994 and Orlando Pace in 1997.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia


No. 32 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Jack Tatum 1971 1 19 DB Raiders
Rick Middleton 1974 1 13 LB Saints
Rowland Tatum 1984 6 165 LB Dolphins
Na'il Diggs 2000 4 98 LB Packers

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

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Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

Jack Tatum is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. I believe he should also be in the NFL Hall of Fame.

Tatum being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

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Poison nuts's picture

The Assassin! Nuff said.

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Baroclinicity's picture

Big Diggs fan.  Gotta be one of the more underrated Buckeyes of the modern era despite the accolades.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

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