Countdown: 48 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 13, 2014 at 1:46a
My wedding anniversary and the day I joined 11W share the same day of awesomeness as Sharknado...July 12th.

Today's article will be a little short because I was in Athens then came home to celebrate several anniversaries on Saturday. The 12th of July is a special day in my family. It is the day I married Mrs. Remy (2003), the day I joined Eleven Warriors (2013) and most importantly the day I watched Sharknado on SyFy last year.

With all of those significant events falling on the same day I finally have a moment to complete my self-imposed duty of continuing the Countdown.

In 48 days Ohio State will start the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find the 34 players who have worn the No. 48 of the Buckeyes. Although a Pelini brother (Mark) and a player named Alex Rodriguez wore the number, today's featured player is Brian Baschnagel.

Today's Trivia Question:
Can you name the player who has the middle name Majalap and wore the No. 48?

Players who Wore the No. 48 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Gilber Harre 1934-35           1934-35
Clarence Honenberger 1936            
Henry Barren 1937            
Alfons Monas 1938            
Carl Gustavson 1939-40            
Les Horvath* 1941           1941
Kenneth Eichwald 1942            
Carl Lemle 1944            
Wiliam Newell 1947           1947
Joesph Henry 1949           1949
Marts Beekley 1951-52           1951-52
Jan Shedd 1955           1955
Philip Robinson 1956-57           1956-57
Karl Kumler 1962           1962
Robert Lykes 1963-65           1965
Jaren Bombach 1967           1967
John Burchinal 1970            
Brian Baschnagel 1972-75     1975 1974, 1975 1974, 1975 1972-75
Vincent Skillings 1977-80   1978, 1979, 1980       1977-80
Anthony Griggs 1981           1981
Jeff Cargile* 1982-83           1983
Tim Coleman 1983            
Jim McConville* 1984            
Mark Pelini 1987-90     1990   1987, 1988, 1989 1987-90
James Torok 1988            
Alex Rodriguez 1991-94           1992-94
Matt LaVrar 1995-99         1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 1996-99
Jack Tucker 2000-02         2002 2002
Reggie Smith 2003            
Mike DeMaria* 2004         2004 2004
Jon Thoma 2005-09           2009
Spencer Smith 2007-11           2010-11
Dan Bain 2010-11           2011
Joe Burger 2012-13            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 48
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Brian Baschnagel
Brian Baschnagel.

Brian Baschnagel, RB (1972-75)
Born: 1954 (Kingston, NY)
High School: North Allegheny (Pittsburgh)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes went 40-5-1 with Baschnagel on the team.
1972 Big Ten Title.
1973 Big Ten Title.
1974 Big Ten Title.
1975 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 42-21 to win the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Went 3-0-1 against That Team.

1975 Captain.
1975 Academic All-American.
1975 All-Big Ten.
1974 All-American.
1974 All-Big Ten.

Ohio State career per Wikipidia:


Brian Baschnagel attended The Ohio State University after graduating from North Allegheny High School. Initially, Baschnagel was a running back but then was converted to a receiver (wing back). In addition to his position as a starting player on the Ohio State football team, Baschnagel was a two-time Academic All-American (1974, 1975) and a recipient of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Famescholarship award (1975).

NFL career per Wikipedia:


Baschnagel was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1976 NFL draft. He was a receiver for the Bears for eight years and retired after the 1984 season. He wore jersey #84 with the Bears.

Contrary to popular belief, Baschnagel was not on the active roster in 1985 when the Bears went 18-1 en route to a Super Bowl victory. He injured his knee in training camp and spent the entire 1985 season on IR.

However he did travel with the team that year, assisted the coaches from the coaching booth, and helped in practice after he recovered from his injury. He did receive a Super Bowl ring after the Bears dominant victory.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia


No. 48 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Les Horvath* 1943 6 45 QB Rams
Brian Bashnagel 1976 3 66 RB Bengals
Vince Skillings 1981 6 163 DB Cowboys
Anthony Griggs 1982 4 105 LB Eagles

*Wore No. 22 when drafted.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Jon Majalap  Thoma

Today's Trivia Answer:
Can you name the player who has the middle name Majalap and wore the No. 48? Jon Thoma



The Game

138 days until The Game.



Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. Sharknado 2: The Second One will air Thursday, July 31 on SyFy.

 The Second One

"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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buckguyfan1's picture

Happy Anniversary to you and your Wife Remy!

Thank you for your posts.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Happy Anniversary and nice article!!!

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

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Hovenaut's picture

Cheers to you and the Mrs, happy anniversary to you both.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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The Rill Dill's picture

We had Brian Baschnagel, Tim Fox, Pete Johnson, Doug France, Tom Skladany and Archie Griffin speak at one of my first Cub Scouts meetings, as a kid.  That was the day I became a Buckeye Fan.  What a day!!

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buckskin's picture

Shit, who was your troop leader, Woody?

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Baroclinicity's picture

Jon Thoma wrote a few articles for 11W some time back.  Would like to see a few more from him!

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

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BroJim's picture

Cheers, Remy!

I season my simple food with hunger

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