In eight Saturdays Ohio State will open the 2014 season at Navy. Hopefully the rest of these days will go as quickly as the July 4th Weekend always does. Today's article will list the 37 players who wore the No. 56 for Ohio State and feature Ken Fritz, Rob Murphy and Darrion Scott.
Today's Trivia Question:
What NFL team did Rob Murphy's dad play fullback for?
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Kenneth Fritz||1976-79||1979||1978, 1979||1979||1976-79|
|Rob Murphy||1995-98||1997, 1998||1998||1996-98|
|Dimitrios Makridis||2004-07||2006, 2007||2007|
Ken Fritz, OG (1976-79)
Born: 1957 (Ironton, Ohio)
High School: Ironton
The Buckeyes were 36-10-2 with Fritz on the team.
1979 Big Ten Title.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1976 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Colorado 27-10 in the 1977 Orange Bowl.
Known for being the Ohio State player Woody grabbed by the face mask after the famous punch in the 1978 Gator Bowl.
Selected in the 10th round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Steelers.
1979 All-Big Ten.
1978 All-Big Ten.
An excerpt about Ken Fritz from an article by Jim Walker of the irontontribune.com (1-10-13):
Fritz was and three-year starter at Ironton High School where he played on two playoff teams. He was named the 1975 Associated Press Ohio Class AA Lineman of the Year. He was also voted the SEOAL Co-Player of the Year, a rare accomplishment for a lineman.
Fritz played at Ohio State and was a four-year letter winner and a three-year starter at guard. He was named first team All-Big Ten in 1978 and 1979, and was a two-time first-team Association Press All-American. He was also a two-time team captain.
Fritz helped lead Ohio State to the Big Ten championship in 1979, an 11-0 regular season, and a berth in the Rose Bowl. Top-ranked Ohio State lost 17-16 to Southern Cal, costing the Buckeyes the national championship.
Fritz was later drafted in the 10th round of the NFL draft by the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
Rob Murphy, OG (1995-98)
High School: Moeller
The Buckeyes were 43-7 with Murphy on the team.
1998 Big Ten Title.
1996 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 in the 1999 Sugar Bowl.
Defeated Arizona State 20-17 in the 1997 Rose Bowl.
1998 All-Big Ten.
How did Murphy get ready for games? From an article by John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer:
The night before every game, Rob goes through a 10-minute “negative visualization” ritual.
He envisions his man — the defensive lineman — shedding his block to make a tackle. He sees his man beating him and sacking the quarterback. He imagines everything bad that can happen to an offensive lineman during a game.
He then drifts off to sleep.
In the locker room before the game, while some of his teammates are working themselves into a lather, Murphy puts himself through more visualization, this time positive.
He thinks of his grandparents from Syracuse, all of whom are deceased except his maternal grandmother, and imagines them being in the stands to watch him play ...
He thinks of a former Moeller teammate, Todd Huffine, who had the heart of a lion — but not the physical skills to be a collegiate player — and is in the Marine Corps now ...
He thinks of former teammate Jermaine Monk, who got caught up in a betting scandal at Boston College, suffered a concussion in spring practice, 1997, and wasn't able to return to football ...
By the time OSU takes the field to do its pregame stretching, Murphy is in a lather. He goes into OSU's end zone and points at — and stares down — the opponent who will face him.
Before the kickoff, Murphy's eyes well up with tears of “inner rage.”
Last year in the Sugar Bowl, during a TV timeout when the OSU offense first took the field, Murphy stood over the football and yelled at the Florida State defense. The other 10 members of the OSU offensive team stood huddled 10 yards away.
None of this is an act.
Murphy even has a sense of humor about it. When a reporter mentioned it would play well in the World Wrestling Federation, Murphy nodded.
“I've thought about it,” he said. “My nickname would be "The Foreman.' I'd come out in my blue overalls with tool belt and lunch-box. It'd work. It's me. The blue-collar man. I just hope nobody steals the idea. Maybe I should find a way to copyright it.”
Darrion Scott, DE (2000-03)
Born: 1981 (Charleston, WV)
The Buckeyes were 40-11 with Scott on the team.
2002 National Champion.
Defeated Miami 31-24 in double overtime in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl. Had a key fumble recovery.
Defeated Kansas State 35-28 to win the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
Ranks 13th all-time at Ohio State with 8.5 sacks in a season (2002).
Ranks 14th all-time at Ohio State with 14.5 sacks in a career.
Selected in the 3rd round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Vikings.
2002 All-Big Ten.
Scott Fought The Law And The Law Won per wikipedia:
Scott was arrested on December 26, 2007 after officers discovered a small amount of marijuana in his Chevrolet Tahoe. He was booked by Charleston police officers on misdemeanor marijuana possession charges.
Scott was arrested again on April 30, 2008 for suspicion of assault and malicious punishment of a child. Scott faced two felony charges and one misdemeanor charge. The boy's mother allegedly found Scott holding a dry cleaning bag over the child's head. Scott told police the two were playing a game with the bag, and Scott wanted to see if the boy could get the bag off his head by himself.
He pleaded guilty to child endangerment and was sentenced July 24, 2008. The NFL suspended Scott three games for violating the league's conduct policy.
*Wore No. 88 when drafted.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
Today's Trivia Answer:
What NFL team did Rob Murphy's dad play fullback for? Bob Murphy played for the San Diego Chargers.
146 days until The Game.