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.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac. All-B1G||Letter|
|Richard Doyle||1950- 1952||1950- 1952|
|Eric Kumerow||1984-87||1986, 1987||1987||1984-87|
|Bobby Hoying||1992-95||1995||1995||1992, 1993, 1994, 1995||1993-95|
|Bradnon "Bam" Childress*||2000|
|Antonio Smith||2002-06||2006||2004, 2005, 2006||2004-06|
Eric Kumerow, LB/DE (1984-1987)
Born: 1965 (Chicago)
High School: Oak Park (IL) River Forest
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 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 sun-sentinel.com:
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.``
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.
Bobby Hoying, QB (1992-95)
Born: 1972 (St. Henry, Ohio)
High School: St. Henry
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 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 ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
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.
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.
Antonio Smith, CB (2002-06)
Born: 1984 (Columbus)
High School: Beechroft
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 ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
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.
"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.
"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."
[...]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.
|Dick "Skippy" Doyle||1953||27||318||Back||Steelers|
*Wore No. 9 when selected in the NFL Draft
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
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