Countdown: 56 Days Until Ohio State Football

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July 5, 2014 at 12:36a
8 Saturdays


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?




Players who Wore No. 56 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Carl Bopiedi 1933           1933
Robert Bittel 1934            
Wendell Lohr 1937-38           1937-38
:Peter Hersberger* 1940           1940
Robert Ryan* 1944            
Howard Teifke* 1946-48           1946-48
Gene Geib 1950            
Robert Epps 1951            
Donald Dawdy 1952-53           1953
William Jobko* 1954           1954
Bradley Palmer 1955            
Louis Altomare 1958            
Robert Emelianchik 1958-59            
John Farrell 1960           1960
Richard Morgan 1961            
William Goering 1962-63            
James Oates 1965           1965
Dirk Worden 1966-68     1968     1966-68
Stanley White 1969           1969
Thomas Nixon 1970-72           1970-72
Stephen Koegel* 1973            
Ronald Ayers* 1974           1974
Joel Laser* 1975            
Kenneth Fritz 1976-79 1979 1978, 1979 1979     1976-79
Steve Simpson* 1980-82           1980-82
James Glimore* 1983-85           1983-85
Orlondo Craig 1986-89           1987-89
James DeWitt 1988            
Randall Brown 1991-94           1992-94
Pete Miller* 1993            
Mike Wargo* 1994            
Rob Murphy 1995-98 1997, 1998 1998       1996-98
Darrion Scott 2000-03   2002       2000-03
Dimitrios Makridis 2004-07         2006, 2007 2007
Garrett Dornbrook* 2009            
Dalton Britt 2009-12           2012
George Makridis 2010-13           2011-12

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 56
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Ken Fritz No. 56

Ken Fritz, OG (1976-79)
Born: 1957 (Ironton, Ohio)
High School: Ironton

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 36-10-2 with Fritz on the team.
1979 Big Ten Title.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1976 Big Ten Title.

Holding Woody Back

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 Captain.
1979 All-American.
1979 All-Big Ten.
1978 All-Big Ten.


An excerpt about Ken Fritz from an article by Jim Walker of the (1-10-13):

Holding Woody Back

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.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and

Rob Murphy

Rob Murphy, OG (1995-98)
High School: Moeller

Ohio State
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.

1997 All-American.
1998 All-American.
1998 All-Big Ten.

How did Murphy get ready for games? From an article by John Erardi of the Cincinnati Enquirer:


Murphy Getting Ready

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 ...

Stare Down

        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.”

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and The Cincinnati Enquirer

Darrion Scott

Darrion Scott, DE (2000-03)
Born: 1981 (Charleston, WV)

Ohio State
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.

The Law

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.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

No. 56 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Stan White* 1972 17 438 LB Colts
Ken Fritz 1980 10 277 OG Steelers
Darrion Scott 2004 3 88 DE Vikings

*Wore No. 88 when drafted.
The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

Bob Murphy (2nd) with his boys

Today's Trivia Answer:
What NFL team did Rob Murphy's dad play fullback for? Bob Murphy played for the San Diego Chargers.


Darrion Scott in The Game

146 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know If there are any errors.  Kick back, relax and enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend.

Holiday Weekend

"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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johnblairgobucks's picture

Would be interesting to see what Murphy's tattoos will look like in 30 years.  Probably pretty intimidating as he reaches for his iced tea as he steps bare chested from his camper, head over to pitch horse-shoes.  

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Remy's picture

Be The War might look like "BeWare"

"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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MN Buckeye's picture

Great stuff, as always, Remy!

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Remy's picture

Thanks O to the T.

"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