It's time to relive our teens. The Buckeyes are now 19 days away from starting the 2014 season against Navy in Baltimore. Below you will find a list of the 32 players who have worn the No. 19 since 1934.
Today's featured players are Tom Orosz, Tom Tupa and Ahmed Plummer.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Stewart "Mickey" Archer||1975-76|
|Tom Tupa||1984-87||1987||1984, 1985, 1987||1987||1984-87|
|Ahmed Plummer||1995-99||1999||1999||1999||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999||1996-99|
|Bjorn "BJ" Barre||2000-01|
|Le Andre Boone||2002|
|Derek Harden||2004-06||2004, 2005, 2006||2005-06|
Tom Orosz, P (1977-1980)
Born: 1959 (Painesville, Ohio)
The Buckeyes were 36-11-1 with Orosz on the team.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1979 Big Ten Title.
1978 All-Big Ten.
Highlights of Tom Orosz's Ohio State and NFL career:
• He was the punter at Ohio State for four seasons.
• He amassed 6,767 yards during his four seasons, sixth in Ohio State history.
• His 41.8 yards per punt places him eighth in Buckeye history.
• Tom Orosz was named the punter of the 1978 All-Big Ten Team.
• He played four seasons in the NFL. 1981 and 1982 with Miami and 1983 and 1984 with San Fransisco.
• Orosz was a member of the SF Super Bowl XIX winning team.
Tom Tupa QB, P (1984-1987)
Born: 1966 (Cleveland)
High School: Brecksville-Broadview Heights
The Buckeyes were 34-13-1 with Tupa 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.
1987 All-Big Ten.
1985 All-Big Ten.
Highlights of Tupa's Ohio State career:
• Tupa was named to the 1987 All-American Team as a punter.
• He earned All-Big Ten Team honors three times (1984, '85, '87).
• In 1987 Tupa was the starting quarterback, punter and was named a team captain.
• As Ohio State's quarterback he threw 2,252 yards, 15 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.
• Tupa has the two highest season averages for punts in Ohio State history. He averaged 47.1 yards per punt as a freshman and 47.0 yards per punt as a senior.
Tupa in the NFL per Wikipedia:
Tupa was drafted in the third round (68th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft by the Phoenix Cardinals. During his rookie year, he was used exclusively as a quarterback, playing in two games and completing 4-of-5 passes for 49 yards. His second season with the team saw an expanded role. He started two games at quarterback, while registering six punts for 46.7 yards per punt.
After spending the entire 1990 season as strictly a holder on kicks, he was the primary quarterback for the Cardinals the following year, playing in 11 games and throwing six touchdowns to 13 interceptions. He then joined the Indianapolis Colts in 1992, playing as a backup quarterback to Jack Trudeau and Jeff George.
That season also marked the last time Tupa was used regularly as a quarterback; since then he almost exclusively punted, with only emergency occasions or trick plays making use of his throwing skills. Tupa sat out the 1993 NFL season, having been cut by the Cleveland Browns right before the season. However, he was re-signed by the Browns the following year and stayed with them for two seasons as their starting punter.
He joined the New England Patriots in 1996 and played for them for three years. In 1999, Tupa signed with the New York Jets. It was during this season that Tupa received his first invitation to the Pro Bowl. He also made his first pass attempt since 1996, and went 6-of-11 for 165 yards and two touchdowns.
2002 saw Tupa sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where he was their punter on their road to Super Bowl XXXVII, where they defeated the Oakland Raiders. Before the start of the 2004 NFL season, Tupa signed with the Washington Redskins. In 2004, he was named as a Pro Bowl second alternate. He spent 2005 on the injured reserve list, and did not appear in a game.
Tupa announced his retirement from pro-football in the spring of 2006. In February 2006, he was appointed as the recreation director of Brecksville, Ohio.
What Tupa is doing today per Brad Bournival of espn.go.com (8-8-12):
Tupa is the recreation director for the city of Brecksville, Ohio, where he led the Brecksville-Broadview Heights Bees football team to a state title in 1983. He is also the offensive coordinator for the Bees' varsity squad, where his sons Tommy and Tim play. His youngest son, Tyler, will be a freshman this year, and his daughter Emma will be a seventh-grader.
His son, Tommy Tupa, committed to Miami (Ohio) in May. The RedHawks expect him to be their future quarterback.
Video of Tupa connecting with Carlos Snow on the first play of the second half against That Team in 1987:
Ohio StateAhmed Plummer, CB (1995-1999)
Born: 1976 (Wyoming, Ohio)
The Buckeyes were 49-13 with Plummer on the team.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1998 Big Ten Title.
1996 Defeated No. 5 Notre Dame 29-16 at South Bend.
1997 Defeated Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.
1999 Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 to win the Sugar Bowl.
1999 Team MVP.
1999 Bill Willis Award for Defensive Player of the Year.
1999 Bo Rein Most Inspirational Player Award.
1999 John Galbreath Award for outstanding scholar-athlete.
1999 Arnie Chonko Award for outstanding defensive back.
1999 All-Big Ten.
1999 National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame Scholarship Winner.
1999 Academic All-Big Ten.
1998 Academic All-Big Ten.
1997 Academic All-Big Ten.
1996 Academic All-Big Ten.
Ahmed Plummer's night of awards and his senior season per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
On a night at the Columbus Convention Center when the Ohio State Buckeyes were cheered by over 1,200 fans, senior cornerback Ahmed Plummer was named the 1999 Most Valuable Player and the Bo Rein Most Inspirational Player Award by a vote of his fellow teammates. Later in the evening, Plummer also was presented with the John Galbreath Award as the team's outstanding scholar-athlete, the Arnie Chonko Award as the team's outstanding defensive back and the Bill Willis Award as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Ohio State senior co-captain Ahmed Plummer is as good an example of the term great student-athlete as one will ever find. The 1999 Preseason All-American capped a senior season by being named first-team All-Big Ten Conference and then playing in the East-West Shrine Bowl all-star game. He was named a third-team All-American by the Football News and he was a semifinalist for the prestigious Thorpe Award.
Plummer finished the year leading all Buckeyes with five interceptions and nine pass break-ups, and he totaled 55 tackles. He also is the 24th Buckeye ever to earn Academic All-America honors. In October, Plummer became OSU's 18th recipient of the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame Postgraduate Scholarship.
• The San Fransisco 49ers drafted Plummer with the 24th pick of the 2000 NFL Draft.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
109 days until The Game.