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.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Bob White||1957-59||1958||1958||1958||1957, 1958, 1959||1957-59|
|David Francis||1960, 1962||1960, 1962|
|Larry Kolic||1982, 1984-85||1982, 1984-85|
|Joe Montgomery||1994-98||1996, 1998|
|James Laurinaitis||2005-08||2006, 2007, 2008||2006, 2007, 2008||2007, 2008||2006, 2007, 2008||2005-07|
Ralph Wolf, OL and DL (1936-37)
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.
1936 Team MVP.
1937 Team MVP.
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:
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.
Bob White (1957-59)
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.
1957 Academic All-Big Ten.
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).
Pete Johnson, FB (1973-76)
Born: 1954 (Peach County, GA)
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.
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.
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.
James Laurinaitis, LB (2005-08)
Born: 1986 (Minneapolis)
High School: Wayzata
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.
2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
2007 Dick Butkus Award.
2007 Jack Lambert Award.
2008 Lott Trophy.
2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
2006 All-Big Ten.
2006 Academic All-Big Ten.
2007 All-Big Ten.
2007 Academic All-Big Ten.
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 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.
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 Jason Priestas
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