Countdown: 16 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
August 14, 2014 at 12:13a
No. 16

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.




Players who Wore No. 16 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
John Kabealo 1933-35           1933-35
Michael Kabealo 1936-38     1938     1936-38
Thomas Kinkade 1939-41           1939-41
Paul Sweeney* 1941            
Clyde Marshall 1945           1945
Alex Verdova* 1946-48           1946-48
Walter Klevay 1949-51           1949-51
Jack Archer 1954            
Joesph Cannavino 1955-57           1955-57
David Tingley 1959-1961           1959-61
Kenneth Johnson* 1960           1960
David Bodenbender 1964           1964
Leroy Peyton 1966            
Michael Armstrong 1967            
Lawrence Zelina 1968-70           1968-70
Jeff Davis 1971-73           1971-73
Willie Smith 1974            
Tony Ross 1975            
Paul Ross* 1977-78           1977-78
Rodney Gorley* 1979-80           1979-80
Jim Karsatos 1983-86   1986       1983-86
Mike Chancey* 1987-88            
Mike Giesler* 1989            
Preston Harrison 1991-94           1991-94
Andre Hatcher 1994-95            
Dave Becker 1995         1995  
Mark Garcia 1996-98           1997-98
Craig Krenzel 1999-03     2003 2003 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003 2000-03
Trevor Robinson 2004-07           2004-07
Rob Schoenhoft* 2005-06            
Ryan Schuck 2008-09         2009 2009
Zach Domicone 2008-12         2009 2009-12
Ross Oltorik 2008-09            
Evan Spencer* 2011-12           2011-12
J.T. Barrett 2013            
Cam Burrows 2013           2013

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 16
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide


Michael Kabealo (left) was captain of the 1938 team.
Michael Kabealo (left) was captain of the 1938 team.

Michael Kabealo, QB (1936-1938)
1915 (Youngstown)
Died: 1993 (Kettering, Ohio)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 15-8-1 with Kabealo on the team.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1938 Captain.

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.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and

Jim Karsatos compiled a 22-6 record as the starting quarterback at Ohio State.
Jim Karsatos compiled a 22-6 record as the starting quarterback at Ohio State.

Jim Karsatos, QB, (1983-1986)
Born: 1963
High School: Sunny Hills (Orange County, CA)

Ohio State
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.

1986 Captain.

Expectations of Karsatos going into his senior season per Mike DiGiovanna of

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.

Karsatos was able to hold-off Tom Tupa to remain the starting quarterback.
Karsatos was able to hold-off Tom Tupa to remain the starting quarterback.

"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

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.

Knee surgery.

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

Karsatos was homesick and considered transferring to USC, which was still offering a scholarship. But he chose to remain at Ohio State.

Karsatos and the Buckeyes defeated BYU 10-7 in the 1985 Citrus Bowl.
Karsatos and the Buckeyes defeated BYU 10-7 in the 1985 Citrus Bowl.

"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."

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and

Krenzel's 24-3 as a starter at Ohio State.
Krenzel's 24-3 as a starter at Ohio State.

Craig Krenzel, QB (1999-2003)
Born: 1981 (Utica, That State)
High School: Herny Ford II

Ohio State
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 Captain.
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

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:


Holy Buckeye:


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


No. 16 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Tom Kinkade 1942 16 149 Back Packers
Walt Klevay 1952 29 348 Back  Browns
Larry Zelina 1971 8 196 RB Browns
Jim Karsatos 1987 12 322 QB Dolphins
Preston Harrison 1995 3 98 LB Chargers
Craig Krenzel 2004 5 148 QB Bears

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

The Game.

106 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

When I typed in Craig Krenzel Ohio State on yahoo I was pleased to see this in the 14th row of pictures:

Craig Krenzel Doll

The next round of Where in Central Ohio is my Craig Krenzel Doll will be posted Friday afternoon.

"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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InTressITrust's picture

I am pretty sure that the holding play you mentioned was also a completion.  If there was video review back then I am pretty sure that play would be overturned.

"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

Remy's picture

Watch the video and you will see that the third down pass was ruled incomplete (incorrect call), pass interference/holding was not called and the Buckeyes had to punt.

"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

JohnnyKozmo's picture

That completion (ruled incomplete) is always forgotten by casual observers and OSU haters.  Everytime I am talking to someone, and that game comes up, they always bring up the pass interference in OT, which I always respond with the completion that wasn't called correctly, and Miami probably never sees the ball again anyways.

Pain don't hurt-Dalton

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Hovenaut's picture

This entry, like Krenzel, didn't disappoint.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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buckeyebfd's picture

Any time Holy Buckeye is linked I always have to watch it.  I get hyped everytime I see it. The one thing that's rarely talked about is how well the o-line and rb pick up the Purdue blitz, without the stonewalling Krenzel wouldn't have had time for Brent to come up with my favorite call of all time. Well besides the greatest homer call of all time by Jim Lachey at the end of the natty

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Earle's picture

Hey, did you guys know that Craig Krenzel was a Molecular Genetics major?

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

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Barnsey69's picture

Krenzel kills it on Common Man too. Obviously much different dynamic than when Torg was there, but personally I prefer him to the other many meat nick-names on that show I can't recall...Chop Steak or something?

Glad he stuck around the 614 after college/NFL.

Thank the Maker that I was born in Ohio, cradle of coaches, US Presidents, confederate-stomping Generals, and home of The Ohio State University Football Buckeyes- 2014 UNDISPUTED National Champions!

avail31678's picture

THANK YOU for the overlooked PI (no) call in the 2003 championship game.  Gamble was CLEARLY held and if it was whistled, OSU has a great chance at running down the clock in regulation.  The whole friggin world can eat my shorts when they argue about our PI call in overtime, which likely wouldn't have even occurred had this been called.

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GreatLakesBeer's picture

I complained about that call the next day and nobody knew what i was talking about........ justice

If you will it dude, it is no dream

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TheShookster's picture

There have been some very talented people under center since Krenzel graduated...but none more clutch. 

He ain't even stretch doe!!

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PortlandBuckeye45's picture

can the season just start already!!!!!!!!!!! O H!

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NashBuckeye's picture

Great as always REMY! Could we just get to Tom Skladany now please? At least we are almost half way through the longest month of the year.

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