Countdown: 33 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 28, 2014 at 12:25a
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After writing 66 countdown articles we are 33 more away from the start of Ohio State's 2014 football season. Below you will find a list of the 34 players who have worn No. 33 for the Buckeyes.

Today's featured players are Ralph Wolf, Bob White, Pete Johnson and James Laurinaitis. Can you guess which featured players is one of only eight Ohio State players to be named an All-American three times?

If you missed the bombshell that Jason Priestas dropped on us about a fellow 11W member, go here. 

 

 

 

Players who Wore No. 33 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Wilfred Thies 1933           1933
Gomer Jones 1934-35 1935 1935 1935     1934-35
Ralph Wolf 1936-37 1937 1937 1937     1936-37
Charles Maag 1938-40           1938-40
Dante Lavelli 1942           1942
Dean Sensanbaugher* 1943           1943
Oliver Cline 1944-46 1945         1944-46
Fred Morrison* 1948-49           1948-49
Robert Koepnick 1950-52           1950-52
George Brilliant 1953            
Donald Vicic 1954-56           1954-56
Bob White 1957-59 1958 1958   1958 1957, 1958, 1959 1957-59
David Francis 1960, 1962           1960, 1962
Willard Sander 1963-65           1963-65
Thomas Bartley 1967-68           1967-68
Richard Galbos 1971-72     1972     1971-72
Pete Johnson 1973-76   1975   1976 1976 1973-76
John Epitopoulos* 1978-80           1978-80
Larry Kolic 1982, 1984-85           1982, 1984-85
Mark Royer 1985            
Steve Gresock              
Trevoe Poole              
Ton Goodgame              
Butler By'not'e 1990-93           1990-93
Joe Montgomery 1994-98           1996, 1998
Nate Stead 1999-2001           2000
Tyler Everett* 2002           2002
Colby Staubs 2003-04            
John Kerr* 2004            
James Laurinaitis 2005-08 2006, 2007, 2008 2006, 2007, 2008  2007, 2008   2006, 2007, 2008 2005-07
Joe Gantz 2005-09           2008-09
David Durham 2010-11            
Frank Epetropoulos 2012-13            
Nik Sarac 2012-13            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 33
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- 
Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

 

Wolf was inducted into the Youngstown State Hall of Fame for his work as an assistant coach.
Wolf was inducted into the Youngstown State Hall of Fame in 1985 for his work as an assistant coach.

Ralph Wolf, OL and DL (1936-37)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 11-5 with Wolf on the team.
Ohio State outscored its 16 opponents 285-50 with Wolf on the team.
Went 2-0 against That Team.
Outscored That Team 42-0.

Honors
1936 Team MVP.
1937 Team MVP.
1937 Captain.
1937 All-American.
1937 All-Big Ten.
1985 Inducted into the Youngstown State Hall of Fame.
2014 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.

 

 

Ralph Wolf's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

The 1937 program for the game against TCU that Ohio State won 14-0.
The 1937 program for the game against TCU that Ohio State won 14-0.

Ralph Wolf played center on offense and along the defensive line for Ohio State between 1935-37, and he was a two-year Varsity O letter winner. A two-time team MVP (1936 and 1937), Wolf was also a team captain for coach Francis Schmidt's 1937 team that posted a 6-2 record and was second in the Big Ten Conference with a 5-1 mark. He was also a member of the 1935 Ohio State team that was 7-1 and won the Big Ten with a 5-0 record, and the 5-3, 1936 team that was second in the Big Ten with a 4-1 mark.

A first-team All-American in 1937, Wolf was also named to the Big Ten's all-conference first team that year. His play helped the Buckeyes win three games over rival Michigan, all by shutout ( 38-0 in 1935; and 21-0 scores in the 1936 and 1937 games, respectively). Another big win that Wolf was a part of was the 1937 win over Northwestern, 7-0, which represented Ohio State's first victory over a nationally-ranked team.

Wolf was an excellent student, maintaining close to a 4.0 GPA in the engineering program and he was president of the junior class.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, ohiostatebuckeyes.com and ysusports.com
 

Bob White was both an All-American and Academic All-American for Ohio State.
Bob White was both an All-American and Academic All-American for Ohio State.

Bob White (1957-59)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 22-7-3 with White on the team.
1957 National Champion.
1957 Big Ten Title.
Defeated No. 2 Iowa at Iowa City 38-28 in 1958.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

Honors
1957 Academic All-Big Ten.
1958 All-American.
1958 Academic All-American.
1958 All-Big Ten.
1958 Academic All-Big Ten.
1959 Academic All-Big Ten.

White's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Fullback Loren "Bob" White excelled both on and off the field. He was a 1958 Academic All-America and three-time academic all-Big Ten pick. He was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player three straight years*. White also earned all-Big Ten honors in 1958. White was a key player in Ohio State's 1957 victory over Iowa that sent the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl. White racked up 209 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns against Iowa in 1958.

*Per The Ohio State Team Guide Team MVPs for 1957-59: Bill Jobko ('57) and Jim Houston ('58 and '59).

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and ohiostatebuckeyes.com

 

Pete Johnson (No. 33) finished his Ohio State career with a school record 58 rushing touchdowns.
Pete Johnson (No. 33) finished his Ohio State career with a school -record 58 rushing touchdowns.

Pete Johnson, FB (1973-76)
Born: 1954 (Peach County, GA)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 40-5-2 with Johnson on the team.
1973 Big Ten Title.
1974 Big Ten Title.
1975 Big Ten Title.
1976 Big Ten Title.
1974 Defeated USC 42-21 in the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Went 3-0-1 against That Team.

Honors
1975 All-Big Ten.
1976 Academic All-American.
1976 Academic All-Big Ten.

Pete Johnson's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

But the 6-1, 247-pound Johnson was much more than a just a blocking back. He also was proficient at lugging the pigskin, rushing for 2,308 yards and a school-record 58 touchdowns during his career. To say “Big Pete” had a nose for the goal line would be an understatement. He led the nation in scoring as a junior, tallying a school and Big Ten record 26 touchdowns.

Johnson scored a school-record five touchdowns against North Carolina.
In 1976, Johnson scored a school-record five touchdowns against North Carolina. 

He also rushed for 1,059 yards and converted 34 of 44 third-down tries. Johnson set a school record that year with five TDs against North Carolina. In 1976, playing almost the entire season with two sprained ankles, Johnson still rushed for 724 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 156 points in 1975 was a school record and 348 career points stood as the school record until the 2004 season. He played eight seasons in the NFL and was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

 

 

Laurinaitis is Ohio State's most decorated linebacker. Does that make him the best?
Laurinaitis is Ohio State's most decorated linebacker. Does that make him the best?

James Laurinaitis, LB (2005-08)
Born: 1986 (Minneapolis)
High School: Wayzata

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 43-8 with Laurinaitis on the team.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2006 Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
2006 Defeated No. 2 Texas 24-7 at Austin.
Went 4-0 against That Team.

Laurinaitis with the Lott Trophy.
Laurinaitis with the Lott Trophy.

Honors
2007 Captain.
2008 Captain.

2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
2007 Dick Butkus Award.
2007 Jack Lambert Award.
2008 Lott Trophy.
2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
2006 All-American.
2006 All-Big Ten.
2006 Academic All-Big Ten.
2007 All-American.
2007 All-Big Ten.
2007 Academic All-Big Ten.

2008 All-American.
2008 All-Big Ten.
2008 Academic All-Big Ten.
2009 NLF All-Rookie.
2009 Rams Rookie of the Year.

James Laurinaitis' Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

The Little Animal led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2006, 2007 and 2008.
The Little Animal led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2006, 2007 and 2008.

The most decorated linebacker in Ohio State history, James Laurinaitis was a three-time consensus All-American while playing on four Big Ten championship teams. Twice helping the Buckeyes to the BCS championship game (and setting a championship game record with 18 tackles vs. LSU), he won the Bronko Nagurski Award for the nation’s most outstanding defensive player as a sophomore, took home the Butkus Award as America’s top linebacker as a junior, and became Ohio State’s first-ever winner of both the Lott Trophy and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award as a senior. He was a finalist 12 times for national awards during that three-year period.

 

 

Ouch.

Leading Ohio State in tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior, Laurinaitis finished his career with 375 total tackles, seventh-best in Buckeye history. Selected as the preseason and postseason Big Ten defensive player of the year for 2007 and 2008, Laurinaitis was a two-time team captain for a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense in 2007 and never ranked lower than 15th nationally throughout his career.

Despite projections of a high draft status after his junior campaign, the Hamel, Minn., native returned for his senior season, helping the Buckeyes put together their record fifth-straight win over Michigan. An academic all-Big Ten selection, Lauriniaitis was tireless in community service, public speaking and outreach. He was drafted by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams and graduated in March of his senior year.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

 

No. 33 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Ralph Wolf 1938 10 86 C Lions
Dante Lavelli 1947 12 103 End Rams
Curly Morrison 1950 1 10 RB Bears
Don Vicic 1957 27 320 Back 49ers
Bob White 1960 8 91 FB Browns
Dave Francis 1963 7 91 RB Redskins
Rich Galbos 1973 9 218 RB Redskins
Pete Johnson 1977 2 49 RB Bengals
Larry Kolic 1986 7 193 LB Dolphins
Butler By'not'e 1994 7 212 CB Broncos
Joe Montgomery 1999 2 49 RB Giants
James Laurinaitis 2009 2 35 LB Rams

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

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Comments

Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

Laurinaitis may, or may not, be the best linebacker in Ohio State's history. One thing that cannot be argued is that he was 4-0 against That Team.

Leading the way.

"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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Baroclinicity's picture

Thanks for the great work, Remy!

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

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Awesome write up again Remy, as always.

I have a story about Bob White.  My father was a Contractor Sales Manager at an old 84 Lumber store outside of Batavia, Ohio in the late '70s.  His manager was from Detroit and, needless to say, he was a big *ichigan fan.  The manager had been giving everyone in the store lots of grief the whole year, especially if during football season.  

One day, Dad recalls that they were both working the service desk up front and someone had mentioned Woody Hayes.  His manager, without hesitation, throws his pen and just blurts out the most God-awful and outlandish things. Basically stemming from how much he couldn't stand Woody.  Well, the customer at the time, picks up his pen and then walks up to the desk, handing it back to the manager.  After the manager asking how he could help the man, he simply says, "First of all, Sir, I would like to address something. What you said about Coach Hayes is simply not true.  I've had the great pleasure of playing under Mr Hayes and have always found him to be a great man."

He asks then my father to help him instead.  When his transaction was complete, the guy shakes both of their hands and.  As Dad recalls, the guy had on a National Championship Ring, that he still swears to this day, was a big as his hand.  The guy paid with a personal check, signed.. Bob White.

Needless to say..we've been big Buckeye fans for a long time ever since.

“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, Thanks again for adding your personal stories. Bob White didn't have to say a word to the manager. White's class and actions said it all. It would have been awesome if he left this for your dad:

Bob White All-American

"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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11UrbzAndSpices's picture

Oh yeah? Well I used to work at the RPAC and Lauranitis came in one day to lift. He did a ton of curls and left all of his weights out and I had to rerack them.

Troll hunter

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whiskeyjuice's picture

 I dig the Block O on his bicep!

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

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