In 16 days Ohio State will travel to Baltimore to play Navy in the 2014 season opener. Below you will find a list of the 36 players who have worn No. 16 since 1933.
Today's featured players are Michael Kabealo, Jim Karsatos and Craig Krenzel.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Craig Krenzel||1999-03||2003||2003||2000, 2001, 2002, 2003||2000-03|
Michael Kabealo, QB (1936-1938)
Born: 1915 (Youngstown)
Died: 1993 (Kettering, Ohio)
The Buckeyes were 15-8-1 with Kabealo on the team.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
Mike Kabealo played in the 1938 Blue Gray All-Star Game and was a running back for the 1944 Cleveland Rams. He gained 152 yards, averaged 3.2 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in his only season with the Rams.
Jim Karsatos, QB, (1983-1986)
High School: Sunny Hills (Orange County, CA)
The Buckeyes were 37-12 with Karsatos on the team.
1984 Big Ten Title.
1986 Big Ten Title.
1984 Defeated Pitt 28-23 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
1985 Defeated BYU 10-7 to win the Citrus Bowl.
1987 Defeated Texas A&M 28-12 to win the Cotton Bowl.
Expectations of Karsatos going into his senior season per Mike DiGiovanna of latimes.com:
After a year of rehabilitation for a knee injury, a year as a redshirt and two years on the bench, Karsatos, 22, will finally be the Buckeyes' starting quarterback this fall.
It's a chance for Karsatos to become a hero in this football-crazed city, where former Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes is still worshiped and where a loss to Big 10 rival Michigan is frowned upon with the same sort of disgust that is reserved for foreign automobiles.
It's a chance for Karsatos to fulfill the expectations that Coach Earle Bruce and his staff had when the quarterback was busy throwing for 2,750 yards and 23 touchdowns and earning The Times' Orange County Back of the Year honors at Sunny Hills High School in 1980.
It's a chance for Karsatos to develop into a legitimate professional prospect, as did his predecessors, Art Schlichter and Mike Tomczak, who were both drafted by National Football League teams.
And it's an opportunity Karsatos plans to utilize.
"Some people say that (sophomore quarterback) Tom Tupa is going to beat me out, but I'm sorry," Karsatos said. "You know, I like Tom, we're friends and we're going to room together this summer, but there's no way he's going to beat me.
"I've waited too long for this and I know the offense like a book, so I'm not going to give in a bit. I'll be on a constant high starting in August, when we begin practice. I'm so anxious to get started that this will probably be the longest summer of my life."
Karsatos' Ohio State career almost never happened per Mike DiGiovanna of latimes.com:
There was that fateful summer of 1981, during which Karsatos spent 10 days in a hospital bed pondering his future, wondering if he would ever play football again.
...the year turned sour on the night of June 22, 1981, when Karsatos was hit from the blindside in the Orange County All-Star football game and suffered torn ligaments in his right knee.
Three days later, Dr. Lewis Yocum performed surgery to repair the ligaments and, fortunately for Karsatos, he found no damage to the main cartilage in the knee.
But Yocum's associate, Dr. Robert Kerlan, still thought Karsatos would have to give up football, and probably walk with a limp.
Karsatos thought his career was over. He was a confused young man.
He didn't know whether to follow through with his commitment to Ohio State or stay home and attend Fullerton College. He knew the Buckeye coaches, who left the decision of whether to play in the All-Star game up to him, would be upset.
"Everything was going through my mind," Karsatos said. "I didn't know which way to think."
Karsatos' thoughts on staying at Ohio State per Mike DiGiovanna of latimes.com:
Karsatos was homesick and considered transferring to USC, which was still offering a scholarship. But he chose to remain at Ohio State.
"I'm glad I didn't do that now," Karsatos said. "I've learned over the years that all those things were for my own good. They're part of the maturing process. The coaches don't yell at me anymore and I don't get calls at 8 a.m. to go to study hall."
Karsatos doesn't regret his decision to play in that All-Star game, either.
"I'd still tell a kid to play because that's what he's worked for throughout high school," he said. "I just had a fluke thing happen to me. I'd do it again because you get to play with a lot of super guys."
Craig Krenzel, QB (1999-2003)
Born: 1981 (Utica, That State)
High School: Herny Ford II
The Ohio State Buckeyes were 46-17 with Krenzel on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Miami 31-24 in Double OT to win the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game.
Defeated Kansas State 35-38 to win the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
2003 National Foundation hall of Fame Scholarship.
2003 Today's Top VII Award.
2003 Socrates Award.
2003 Draddy Trophy.
2003 Academic All-American.
2003 Academic All-Big Ten.
2002 Academic All-Big Ten.
2001 Academic All-Big Ten.
2000 Academic All-Big Ten.
2003 Fiesta Bowl MVP.
2004 Fiesta Bowl MVP.
Craig Krenzel's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Craig Krenzel was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Buckeyes. Taking over the offensive reins with almost no experience at the start of the 2002 season, the 6-4 signal caller led the Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title, the national championship and a perfect 14-0 record. At the end of the season, Krenzel was selected by his teammates as co-MVP.
A little less than a month later he was named as the Offensive MVP in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where he guided the Buckeyes to a thrilling 31-24 double overtime win over top-ranked Miami in the national title game. The leading rusher in the game, Krenzel’s fourth-and-14 completion to Michael Jenkins in the first overtime kept OSU’s title hopes alive.
In 2003, Krenzel directed OSU to an 11-2 record and a second consecutive win in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. After throwing four touchdown passes against Kansas State in the latter, he was again selected as the game’s Offensive MVP. Krenzel completed his career with a 24-3 mark as a starter, including a 2-1 record against Michigan.
An honors graduate in molecular genetics, he swept the most prestigious academic awards, including the National Football Foundation’s Draddy Trophy, the Socrates Award and the NCAA Today’s Top VII. He spent three seasons in the NFL before retiring.
Illinois almost ruined the 2002 season, but Krenzel wouldn't let that happen:
National Championship Highlights:
The pass interference call that is often overlooked:
If this is called properly there's a good chance Ohio State wins in regulation.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
106 days until The Game.