Countdown: 42 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
July 19, 2014 at 1:54a


In 6 weeks Ohio State starts the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find a list of the 38 players who have worn the No. 42 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Paul Warfield, John Brockington and Bobby Carpenter.

Warfield, Brockington and Carpenter are winners. They have four National Championships between them and were 8-2 against That Team.




Players who Wore No. 42 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Ernest Roush 1934-35           1934-35
Alex Schoenbaum 1936-38           1936-38
James Piccinini 1939-40           1939-40
Robert Heckinger 1941            
George Slusser 1942           1942
Jerry Tuttle 1944            
Harley Smith 1945-46           1945-46
Rodney Swinehart 1946-49           1946-49
Earle Gentile 1950            
Douglas Goodsell 1951-52           1951-52
Charles Robson* 1953            
Hubert Bobo 1954           1954
Lee Williams* 1958           1958
Lynn Strait 1959            
David Eckard 1960            
Paul Warfield 1961-63   1962, 1963        1961-63
David Reynolds 1966            
Joseph Jenkins 1967           1967
John Brockington 1968-70 1970 1970       1968-70
Robert Sapanero* 1971            
Arnold Jones 1972-74     1974     1972-74
Les Gordon 1975-76           1975
Kenneth Willis 1979            
Craig Dunn 1981-82           1981-82
Tony Cooper 1983-84            
Vince Workman* 1986-88     1987     1986-88
Scott Osborne 1988            
William Houston 1990-93           1990-93
Kevin Griffin 1994-98           1995-98
Tony Locke* 1999-2001           1999-2000
John Adams 2001            
Rob Stover 2001            
Steve Pavelka 2002            
Bobby Carpenter 2002-05           2002-05
Nathan Schwartz 2006            
Tyler Whaley* 2007         2007 2007
Andrew Sweat 2008-11   2011     2009, 2010, 2011 2008-11
Luke Roberts 2012            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 42
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Paul Warfield
Paul Warfield was 3-0 against That Team.

Paul Warfield, HB (1961-63)
1942 (Warren, Ohio)
High School: Warren Harding

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 23-6-2 with Warfield on the team.
1961 National Champion.
1961 Big Ten Title.
Went 3-0 against That Team

1962 All-Big Ten.
1963 All-Big Ten.
1979 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1983 Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1990 Inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll.




Paul Warfield's Ohio State career per

Warfield was inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1979.
Warfield was inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame in 1979.

The graceful Paul Warfield was the starting left halfback on the 1961 Big Ten and National Championship team which posted an 8-0-1 record. He was all-Big Ten as a junior and again as a senior, playing halfback and split end on offense and cornerback on defense. After leaving Ohio State, Warfield went on to enjoy a brilliant professional career as one of the greatest wide receivers the game has ever known. Warfield is a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.



Paul Warfield's NFL career per

Much to the delight of Don Shula, Paul Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per catch during his NFL career.
Much to the delight of Don Shula, Paul Warfield averaged 20.1 yards per catch during his NFL career.

Paul Warfield is recognized as one of the premier wide receivers ever to have played in the National Football League. While his career totals for numbers of catches may not seem in line with those accumulated by other great receivers, as any student of the game understands, the truth isn’t always in the numbers.

A first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1964, Paul played in Cleveland six seasons before going to the Miami Dolphins in a blockbuster trade in 1970. He returned to Cleveland in 1976 after five seasons with the Dolphins and one season with the Memphis Grizzlies of the failed World Football League.

Even though he played on ball-control teams through most of his career, he managed to haul in 427 passes for 8,565 yards and 85 touchdowns. His 20.1 yards-per-catch mark ranks among the best in the history of the game. And he did it with a trademark smooth, graceful style that left observers and victimized defenders awestruck.

As a rookie, Warfield caught a career-high 52 passes. His outside speed was the perfect compliment to the power running of Jim Brown. During his first six years with the Browns, the team played in five conference championships, as well as the 1964 championship game. Because of his blazing speed, elusive moves, and great leaping ability, defenses often found it necessary to double cover him.

Warfield was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.
Warfield was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1983.

Warfield, a six-time All-NFL choice who was elected to eight Pro Bowls, was a long ball threat who intimidated the opposition. His mere presence on the field proved to be almost as beneficial to the running game. The best example of this may have been in 1972 when the Dolphins went undefeated. That year Miami ran the ball 613 times while passing on just 259 occasions. The Dolphins’ philosophy was to use the forward pass as a threat to make the ground game more effective. The Dolphins rushed for a then-NFL record 2,960 yards.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia


John Brockington was inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2002.
John Brockington won two National Championships at Ohio State.

John Brockington, HB (1968-70)
1948 (Brooklyn, NY)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 27-2 with Brockington 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.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1970 All-American.
1970 All-Big Ten.
2002 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.

John Brockington's Ohio Staet career per

Part of the "Super Sophs" who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1968 National Championship, three Big Ten Titles (1968, '69 and '70) and a combined record of 27-2 ...

the second player in OSU history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season, amassing 1,142 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in 1970 ...

Brockington was the second player in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.
Brockington was the second player in Ohio State history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.

First Team All-America and All-Big Ten as a senior, helping the Buckeyes to a 9-0 regular season record ...

42 rushing attempts against Northwestern in 1970 set the record at the time and is second all-time in the OSU record books ...

a first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, Brockington was the National Football League's (NFL) Rookie of the Year in 1971 ... was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three years in the league.





John Brockington's NFL career per wikipedia:

John Brockington was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his first three seasons.
John Brockington was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 yards in his first three seasons.

Brockington was the Green Bay Packers 1st round draft choice, the ninth selection overall, in 1971. Brockington was the first NFL player to ever rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three seasons. In 1971 Brockington was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Brockington was named All-Pro in 1971, 2nd Team All-Pro in 1973 and All-NFC in 1972. Brockington was also selected to 3 consecutive Pro Bowls (1971–1973).

His first running mate in the Green Bay backfield was another former Packer first round draft choice,Donny Anderson. Anderson was traded the following season to the St. Louis Cardinals for running backMacArthur Lane. Together, Brockington and Lane formed a dynamic running duo in the backfield, carrying the Packers offense between 1972 and 1974.

With a running style based on his great strength, Brockington epitomized the power running back - a player who preferred to break tackles and run over defenders rather than run away from them. He was one of the first running backs to combine brute force with speed.


Brockington in Green Bay.

Brockington's success was short-lived, however. After eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing during each of his first three seasons, he never attained the same level. He ran for 883 yards in 1974 and only 434 the following year. This was the result of typical wear-and-tear, the departure of Lane after the 1974 season and changes in the Packers' playbook that did not take advantage of Brockington's abilities. After the first game of the 1977 season, he was released by the Packers and subsequently signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired following the season.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and wikipedia


Bobby Carpenter was the 18th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.
Bobby Carpenter was the 18th overall pick in the 2006 NFL Draft.

Bobby Carpenter, LB (2002-05)
Born: 1983 (Lancaster, Ohio)
High School: Lancaster

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 43-8 with Carpenter on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2003 Defeated Miami 31-24 in 2OT to win the National Championship.
2004 Defeated Kansas State 35-38 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
2004 Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the Alamo Bowl.
2006 Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the Fiesta Bowl. 
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2004 Second Team All-Big Ten.
2005 Second Team All-Big Ten.

Bobby Carpenter's Ohio State career per Wikipedia:

In 50 games at Ohio State, Carpenter started 26 times. He registered 191 tackles (121 solos) with 14.5 sacks and 23.5 for losses. He forced two fumbles, deflected seven passes and had three interceptions.

In 2002, Carpenter played in every game as a true freshman. He appeared in every game, starting three contests, at strong-side outside linebacker in 2003. He totaled 37 tackles (24 solos) with 4.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses and a pair of forced fumbles.

Bobby against That Team.

He was a full-time starter in 2004, lining up at strong-side linebacker. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles (46 solos) and registered two sacks with 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Carpenter also deflected three passes and intercepted three others. As a senior in 2005, Carpenter started first eleven games of the 2005 season He finished fifth on the squad with 49 tackles and second on the team with eight sacks and 10.5 stops for losses, earning second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors. In the final game he fractured his right fibula and was unable to play in the Fiesta Bowl.

Bobbby Carpenter hosts Buckeye Extra weeknights from 6-8 on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, Wikipedia


No. 42 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Alex Schoenbaum 1939 7 55 T Dodgers
Hubert Bobo 1957 13 146 LB Eagles
Lee Williams 1957 30 351 RB Rams
Paul Warfield 1964 1 11 HB Browns
John Brockington 1971 1 9 RB Packers
Vince Workman 1989 5 127 RB Packers
Bobby Carpenter 2006 1 18 LB Cowboys

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game

132 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. I forgot that Andrew Sweat retired from football due to concerns of concussions and that Luke Roberts transferred to Harvard.

Andrew Sweat
Luke Roberts

"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

Its a shame Carp never really made it in the NFL. I was sure he was going to wreak havoc along with #47 for years to come.

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Hovenaut's picture

This one is special. My uncle was a huge Warfield fan, even became a Dolphins fan because of him. 

42 was my number in football, have a custom Buckeye jersey with my name on the back (a little worn, a little snug these days). 

Carpenter was a stud, those LB units were so awesome back then. IIRC, when he broke his leg, it was Laurinaitis who stepped in for him?

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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buckeyebfd's picture

Yup, that was The Game I believe and the debut of Baby Animal getting significant pt

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cjmgobucks's picture

You are correct, The Game in 2005.  Bobby was also with John Simon when it was determined he couldn't play in his last game due to injury. Apparently provided a lot of emotional and moral support for John and the entire team for The Game in 2012.  A class act and true Buckeye...

"When I look in the mirror, I want to take a swing at me."

Wayne Woodrow Hayes

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MN Buckeye's picture

Paul Warfield was one my childhood idols growing up along with Randy Gradishar, as they went to the same high school (several years before me). Warfield was one of the best athletes I have seen play, and he was simply outstanding when he played for the Dolphins. Thanks for highlighting all three of these players, Remy!

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