Countdown: 50 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
July 11, 2014 at 1:13a
Halfway there

We started at 100 days and are now at the halfway point of the countdown.

I am pleased to report that during the first half of the countdown I only spent one day in the doghouse and my wife has not left me...yet.

In 50 days Ohio State will start the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find a list with the 27 players who wore No. 50 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Vernon Gholston and Mike Brewster.

Today's Trivia Question:
Can you name the first father and son combo to be named captains at Ohio State? Hint: The Herbstreits (Jim and Kirk) were second and the Johnsons (Pepper and Dionte) were the third.



Players who Wore No. 50 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Samuel Drakulich 1933           1933
William Dye 1934-36           1934-36
Vic Marino 1937-39 1939 1939       1937-39
Earl Martin 1941            
Gordon Appleby 1942-44     1944     1942-44
Stephen O'Dea 1945           1945
Jame Ruehl 1952           1952
Thomas Dillman 1954-56           1954-56
William Beam 1959           1959
Norman Vanscoy 1960           1960
Tom Federle 1963-64           1963-64
Robert Newcomer 1965            
Robert Smith 1967-69           1967-69
Anthony Pitstick 1971           1971
Michael Datish 1975           1975
James DeLeone 1979-81           1979-81
Timothy Odom 1984           1984
Jeff Davidson 1986-89   1989 1989   1987 1986-89
Jim Borchers 1990-93           1990-93
Eric Gohlstin 1994-97   1997       1995-97
Nick Mitchell 1999            
Mike Stafford* 2000-02           2000-02
Doug Datish* 2003-06   2006 2006   2004-06 2004-06
Vernon Gholston 2004-07 2007 2007       2006-07
Mike Brewster 2008-11 2010 2010 2011     2008-11
J.T. Moore 2010-13           2011
Jacoby Boren 2012-13            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 50
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Vernon Gholston
Vernon Gholston.

Vernon Gholston, DE (2004-07)
Born: 1986 (Detroit)
High School: Cass Tech

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 41-9 with Gholston on the team.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Gholston is the all-time leader at Ohio State with 111 sack yards in a season (2007).
Gholston is tied for first all-time at Ohio State with 4 sacks (Wisconsin, 2007).
He is second all-time at Ohio State with 113 tackles for loss yards in a season (2007).
Vernon Gholston had the fourth most tackles for loss in a game when he had four against That Team and Wisconsin in 2007.
His 25.5 sacks ranks him fifth all-time in sacks for a career at Ohio State.
Went 4-0 against That Team.

2007 All-American
2007 All-Big Ten.
2007 Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Vernon Gholston's career per Wikipedia:

Gholston redshirted in 2005 after suffering a broken left hand in the season opener. In his freshman season he played defensive end, though recruited as a linebacker. He eventually moved up to the number 2 spot behind Mike Kudla.

Gholston Scoring

In 2006 he earned Second-team All-Big Ten honors from both the league's coaches and the media while starting 13 games. Gholston had 49 tackles and his 18 tackles behind the line of scrimmage, which led the team, included 7.5 quarterback sacks, ranked second on the team. He also intercepted his first pass in the win over Bowling Green.

On November 3, 2007, Gholston tied two Ohio State team records for quarterback sacks in a game when he dropped Wisconsin quarterback Tyler Donovan four times for a total loss of 32 yards.

Gholston tackling Henne.
Mike (0-4) Hart Watching Vernon Gholston sack Chad Henne. Gholston went 4-0 against That Team.

Two weeks later he recorded three sacks against the Michigan Wolverines to lead Ohio State to its fourth consecutive win over the Wolverines. During the 2007 season Gholston recorded 37 tackles (15.5 for a loss) and set a school record with 14.5 sacks in 13 games, breaking the former record of 13 sacks in a single season set in 1995 by Mike Vrabel. He was named All-America by Pro Football Weeklyand was First-team All-Big Ten.

During his tenure at Ohio State, Gholston started 25 games. He finished with 87 tackles (47 solo) and 30.5 stops for a loss. He also had 21.5 sacks, which ranks fifth in school history.



Mike Brewster
Mike Brewster.

Mike Brewster, C (2008-11)
Born: 1989 (Orlando)
High School: Edgewater (FL)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 39-13 with Brewster on the team.
2009 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Oregon 26-17 to win the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Defeated Arkansas 31-26 to win the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2011 Captain.
2010 All-American.
2010 All-Big Ten.
2008 Freshman All-American.

Mike Brewster's Ohio State career per

Ohio State Overview: Mike, who graduated in December 2011 with his degree in strategic communications, is one of the finest centers to ever suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. He has also been a strong leader of this program, one who was always willing to speak on behalf of his team.

A 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Mike is a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was named (with Mike Adams) as the team's 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive lineman. He was also one of four team captains as voted on by the players.

He capped his Buckeye career in the Gator Bowl by making his 49th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in school history (Luke Fickell started 50 consecutive games). Mike was named a game captain a team-high eight times this past season, including in six of the last seven games.

Brewster snapping to Pryor
Brewster snapping to Pryor.

He was named to the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists at the beginning of his senior season. Mike was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after playing in 12 games and starting the final 10 games of the season. He went on to start all 13 games in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

A four-year letterwinner, Mike was the only junior in 2010 to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's outstanding center. He played in a total of 51 games.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia

No. 50 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Gordon Appleby 1945 3 26 C Bears
Jim Ruehl 1953 11 130 C Giants
Jeff Davidson 1990 5 111 OG Broncos
Doug Datish 2007 6 198 C Falcons
Vernon Gholston 2008 1 6 DL Jets

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Today's Trivia Question:
Can you name the first father and son combo to be named captains at Ohio State? Hint: The Herbstreits (Jim and Kirk) were second and the Johnsons (Pepper and Dionte) were the third.

Answer: Jim and Jeff Davidson.

The Game

140 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors. I cant' believe we are halfway there. I can't wait until this is over because it will mean we can watch the Buckeyes.

 Gholston's NFL career may not have lived up to being the 6th pick of the draft, but he was a beast for Ohio State:


"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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Remy's picture

Gordon Appleby was almost featured. Appleby's career per Wikipedia:

Gordon Appleby was an American football center. A native of Massillon, Ohio, he played for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was named the Buckeyes team MVP in 1943, and was a selection to the 1944 College Football All-America Team. He helped the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in 1944.


"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

I swear man, it seems like just yesterday we were saying "Only 100 more days" (just like every year). All the numbers, days, and articles that accompany, below 50, are my favorites. Quality work.

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BroJim's picture

Yeah, It's hard to think we are half way there. Thanks for making the offseason go by, Remy!

I season my simple food with hunger

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OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Yeti's have feelings too.

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