Countdown: 14 Days Until Ohio State Football

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August 16, 2014 at 1:10a


In 2 Saturdays Ohio State will travel to Baltimore to play Navy in the 2014 season opener. Below you will find a list of the 38 players who have worn No. 14 since 1933.

Today's featured players are Eric Kumerow, Bobby Hoying and Antonio Smith.




Players who Wore No. 14 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
John McAfee 1933-34           1933-34
Roxie Belli* 1935            
Howard Wedebrook 1936-38           1936-38
Edmund Massie 1940            
William Sedor 1941-42           1942
Joesph Mascio 1944           1944
James McKenna 1945            
Paul Jackson 1946           1946
George Gordon* 1947            
Richard Slager* 1948           1948
Richard Doyle 1950- 1952           1950- 1952
Jack Augenstein 1953           1953
Raymond Beerman 1957           1957
Brice Hess 1959-60            
Orlando Barnett 1963-65           1963-65
Samuel Elliott 1965-67     1967     1965-67
Bruce Smith 1970           1970
Robert Kelly 1971           1971
Gary McCutcheon 1973-75            
Brian Schwartz 1976-79           1976-79
Victor Langley 1981           1981
Eric Kumerow 1984-87   1986, 1987 1987     1984-87
Mark Haver 1985            
Chris Stablein 1989-90           1989-90
Bobby Hoying 1992-95   1995 1995   1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 1993-95
Rolland Steele* 1996            
David Priestly 1997-98            
Bradnon "Bam" Childress* 2000            
Angelo Chattams 2001           2001
Antonio Smith 2002-06   2006     2004, 2005, 2006 2004-06
Matthew Ciepiela 2004-05            
Brian Hartline* 2005            
Nate Oliver* 2007-09            
Joe Bauserman 2007-11           2008-11
C.J. Barnett* 2009            
Verlon Reed 2010            
Curtis Grant 2011-13           2011-13
Jake Russell 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 14
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Kumerow was captain of the 1987 team and a first-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1988.
Kumerow was captain of the 1987 team and a first-round draft pick of the Dolphins in 1988.

Eric Kumerow, LB/DE (1984-1987)
1965 (Chicago)
High School: Oak Park (IL) River Forest

Ohio State
​The Buckeyes were 34-13-1 with Kumerow on the team.
1984 Big Ten Title.
1986 Big Ten Title.
1985 Defeated BYU 10-7 to win the Citrus Bowl.
1987 Defeated Texas A&M 28-12 to win the Cotton Bowl.

1986 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.
1987 Captain.
1987 All-Big Ten.
1986 All-Big Ten.

Eric Kumerow is the uncle of Joey and Nick Bosa.

Doubts about the Dolphins selecting Kumerow in the first round of the 1988 NFL Draft per Bob Hill of

The Dolphins pulled the surprise of first round by using the 16th pick to draft Eric Kumerow ofOhio State, a player considered by some to be no better than a middle-round pick. Kumerow is listed as both a defensive end and outside linebacker and is best described by the word ``potential.``


Mel Kiper Jr. disagreed with the Dolphins for taking Kumerow in the first-round.
Mel Kiper Jr. disagreed with the Dolphins for taking Kumerow in the first-round.

Many analysts did not rate Kumerow highly, and one, Mel Kiper, Jr., described Kumerow as an ``outstanding collegiate player who could have a tough time finding his niche in the NFL. He`s not strong enough yet to make the grade at defensive end and lacks the quickness necessary to cover the pass. He would be a decent middle-round pick, but would qualify as a reach if selected any higher.``

The Dolphins voiced no such doubts Sunday and pointed to the fact Kumerow was rated the second-best defensive lineman available by BLESTO, an NFL scouting service. Neil Smith of Nebraska was rated the best and was taken with the second pick by Kansas City.

Kumerow's NFL career per Wikipedia:

Despite being a first round draft pick (16th overall), his brief NFL career has been widely criticized as a disappointment. He retired after only three seasons without ever starting an NFL game, and registering only five quarterback sacks.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia


Hoying was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.
Hoying was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2008.

Bobby Hoying, QB (1992-95)
Born: 1972 (St. Henry, Ohio)
High School: St. Henry

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 38-10-2 with Hoying on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
1993 Defeated BYU 28-21 to win the Holiday Bowl.

1995 Captain.
1995 All-Big Ten.
1995 Vincent DePaul Draddy Award.
1995 Academic All-Big Ten.
1994 Academic All-Big Ten.
1993 Academic All-Big Ten. 
1992 Academic All-Big Ten.
2000 Named to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team.
2008 Inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bobby Hoying's Ohio State career per

Hoying held numerous Ohio State records when he finished his career in 1995.
Hoying held numerous Ohio State records when he finished his career in 1995.

A three-year starter, Bobby Hoying is one of the all-time great Buckeye quarterbacks. In his career, Hoying led Ohio State to a combined record of 30-7-1 and rewrote the passing record book. As a senior in 1995, he was elected team captain and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors.

Hoying set or tied numerous records while at Ohio State, with most of his production coming in the last two seasons of his career. In 1995, Hoying set the record for season passing efficiency (163.4), games with 200 yards passing in a season (11), total offense in a season (3,290), touchdown passes in a career (57) and most completions in a career (498), and tied his prior record of touchdown passes in a game (5 vs. Purdue in 1994 and at Pitt in '95).

Also in his senior season, Hoying had the second-most yards passing in a season (3,269), second-most completions in a season (211), fourth-best completion percentage for a season (.619, 211/341) and second-most touchdown passes (29).

Hoying led Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten title in 1993 and a final AP ranking of 11. In 1994, Hoying went 20 for 24 with five touchdown passes against Purdue, giving him the third-best completion percentage (.833) in a game and most touchdown passes (5). 

Other career records include first in 200-yard passing games (16), second in career total offense (7,151 yards) and passing yards in a career (7,232), and fourth in career completion percentage (.580, 498/858). Hoying set the record for most consecutive games of 100 or more yards passing with 17.

Hoying was selected in the first-round by the Eagles in 1996.
Hoying was selected in the first-round by the Eagles in 1996.

In 1995, Hoying, a four-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, won the Vincent DePaul Draddy Award, which goes annually to the top senior student-athlete in college football. After graduating, Hoying played in the NFL for five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Sources-  The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia



Antonio Smith lived out the dream that many Columbus kids have.
Antonio Smith lived out the dream that many Columbus kids have.

Antonio Smith, CB (2002-06)
Born: 1984 (Columbus)
High School: Beechroft

Ohio State
​The Buckeyes were 55-9 with Smith on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2003 Defeated Miami, FL 31-24 in double overtime to win the Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game.
2004 Defeated Kansas State 35-28 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.

2006 Bo Rein Award for most inspirational player.
2006 Agonis Club Award.
2006 Academic All-Big Ten.
2005 Academic All-Big Ten.
2004 Academic All-Big Ten.

Antonio Smith went from walk-on to scholarship player per Jeff Symonds of

Antonio Smith started his Ohio State career as a preferred walk-on.
Antonio Smith started his Ohio State career as a preferred walk-on.

Smith did not tryout to be a holder. Instead, he was a preferred walk-on at Ohio State. While this did not guarantee him a spot on the roster or a scholarship, he wanted a shot to play for the team he loved as a kid. Smith reported to camp in the summer of 2002 and was redshirted during the Buckeyes' national championship run. During that season he worked on the practice squad. Smith's real dream was to play; he wanted to run out the tunnel and come out on play for the Buckeyes.

"I knew I had to get to work," Smith said. "I wanted to work my way up and earn a spot. The coaches told me the best way I could make the team was on special teams."

In 2003, his second season with the Buckeyes, Smith recommitted himself to the team. He saw action in three games and was named the scout team player of the week twice, after the Wisconsin and Indiana games.




Knocking heads.

"It proved to me that if I did things one step at a time, it would pay off," Smith said. "As I got to play more and more I knew things were working out."

In 2004, Smith became an everyday player and was on the field for every game that year. Smith also had one of his favorite memories, recording a solo tackle while covering a punt in the Michigan game.

"That is one of the things that I'm going to look back on," Smith said. "I'm never going to forget that."


Smith earned his way on to special teams and earned the respect of his coaches and his teammates by always giving total effort.

In 2005, Smith became a special teams standout and even logged time on defense in two games. He saw action in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame. After the 2005 season several members of the Ohio State secondary left for the National Football League. Many spots where up for grabs.

Smith earned his scholarship with hard work.
Smith earned his scholarship with hard work.

"I knew if I gave it all I had then I would get a chance to play," Smith said. "I was the guy that everyday people were expecting to slow down or give less because I'm a walkon but I feel that being a walkon gives me an adavantage. I know I'm as good as anyone else and if someone hears "walk-on" and then thinks less of me, I'll show them why they should respect me."


"People keep waiting for Antonio to lose his spot at the top of the depth chart," Malcolm Jenkins, starting defensive back, said. "But he is not going anywhere. He picks things up just as fast as anyone and never makes the same mistake twice."

Smith has been getting better everyday and in the spring following the 2005 season Smith earned a scholarship. Smith turned some heads in the spring and was moved to the top of the depth chart. He had become one of the starting defensive back for the preseason No. 1 team in the nation.

"I never thought this could happen," Smith said. "I just had a lot of faith and put things in the hands of God because through Him anything is possible."

Smith living the dream.
Smith living the dream.

[...]When Smith came to Ohio State he just wanted to play for the team he had watched as a kid and he was willing to make sacrifices. He gave up scholarship offers to other universities and earned his spot as an Ohio State Buckeye. Smith would not have had it any other way.

Smith has earned his spot with the team he always wanted to play for. This is the year for Smith to be a star again and to prove the doubters wrong.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia

No. 14 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Dick "Skippy" Doyle 1953 27 318 Back Steelers
Eric Kumerow 1998 1 16 LB Dolphins
Bobby Hoying 1997 3 85 QB Eagles
Brian Hartline* 2009 4 108 WR Dolphins

*Wore No. 9 when selected in the NFL Draft
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game.

104 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

Hoying and Glenn connect to shut Regis Philbin's mouth:

"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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Knarcisi's picture

I was there. Like Glenn was shot out of a cannon. 

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Rob Reese's picture

I can't believe we're down to 2 weeks.  Boom!   Inspiring read on 2002 walk-on Antonio Smith.  As always, thx for the countdown, Remy. 


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InTressITrust's picture

Now the story of A. Smith would be a great inspirational movie. If Rudy was successful this would be 10x better.

"I'm not going to lie. We're anxious to be a part of a matchup like that. It's two states that love the game of football." -Jim Tressel

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NashBuckeye's picture

What a great list of players! Bam Childress! If there was a Hall of Fame for Spring Practice at OSU, he would be in it!  Bobby Hoying was the QB while I was at OSU and those years were the most prolific years for the Offense (Pre-Urban that is) that I remember.

Also old enough to remember Eric Kumerow.  He was a monster coming off the edge.  Too bad his NFL career did not go better but his nephew looks like he will make up for that.

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IH8UOFM's picture

Came in hoping to see that picture of Smith against UM.

Leaving satisfied. 

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Knarcisi's picture

By the way, thank you, Uncle Eric !

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MN Buckeye's picture

As always, great job, Remy!

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BlockO's picture

Drats! I was looking for you to write about Bauserman's illustrious Buckeye career!

"faith seeking understanding” (fides quaerens intellectum)

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va_buck's picture

That solo tackle by Antonio Smith in the *ichigan was one of the best special team plays you'll see.  Antonio fought through one or two wolves and grabbed the returner by the jersey and let him corkscrew himself into the ground.  If the returner gets away from Antonio it would have been a big return and could have have changed the game.  Musburger was impressed but did not call him by name.  BTW, Antonio is an engineering grad, which is uber tough given how much time football takes up.


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