Countdown: 19 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
August 11, 2014 at 12:04a


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.





Players who Wore No. 19 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
James Karcher 1934-35           1934-35
Keith Bliss 1937-38           1937-38
Robert Maloney* 1938            
Edward Alexinas 1940            
Carroll Howell 1952-54           1952-54
James Lord 1956            
David Kilgore 1958-59           1958-59
Robert Klein 1960-62           1960-62
Edward Bender 1968           1968
Donald Lamka 1969-71           1969-71
David Purdy 1972-74           1972-74
Stewart "Mickey" Archer 1975-76            
Thomas Orosz 1977-80   1978       1977-80
Bill Andrews 1981-82           1981-82
Steve Hill* 1983           1983
Tom Tupa 1984-87 1987 1984, 1985, 1987 1987     1984-87
Joe Canestraro* 1987            
Aaron Payne 1991            
Eric Starks 1993            
Heath Knisely* 1995            
Ahmed Plummer 1995-99   1999 1999 1999 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 1996-99
Demetrius Jones 1997            
Bjorn "BJ" Barre 2000-01            
Dave Andrews* 2001           2001
Matt Russell 2002            
Le Andre Boone 2002            
Derek Harden 2004-06         2004, 2005, 2006 2005-06
Taurian Washington* 2007            
Orhian Johnson 2008-12         2009 2009
Taylor Graham 2010-11            
Eli Ratliff 2012            
Joe Ramstetter 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 19
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Orosz was Ohio State's starting punter for all four seasons he played.
Orosz was Ohio State's starting punter for all four seasons he played.

Tom Orosz, P (1977-1980)
1959 (Painesville, Ohio)

Ohio State
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.


Tupa has the two highest season punt averages in Ohio State history. 47.1 in 1984 and 47.0 in 1987.
Tupa has the two highest season punt averages in Ohio State history. 47.1 in 1984 and 47.0 in 1987.

Tom Tupa QB, P (1984-1987)
1966 (Cleveland)
High School: Brecksville-Broadview Heights

Ohio State
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 Captain.
1987 All-American.
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 (8-8-12):

Tommy Tupa plays for Miami, Ohio
Tommy Tupa plays for Miami, Ohio.

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:

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia.


Ahmed Plummer earned Academic All-Big Ten honors from 1995-99.
Ahmed Plummer earned Academic All-Big Ten honors from 1995-99.

Ohio StateAhmed Plummer, CB (1995-1999)
Born: 1976 (Wyoming, Ohio)

Ohio State
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 Captain.
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


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 led the Buckeyes with 5 interceptions in 1999.
Plummer led the Buckeyes with 5 interceptions in 1999.

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 Wikipedia


No. 19 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Tom Tupa 1988 3 68 QB/P Cardinals
Ahmed Plummer 2000 1 24 CB 49ers

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas 

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Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

Tom Tupa was the starting quarterback in Earle Bruce's last game as Ohio State's head coach. The Buckeyes defeated That Team 23-20 in 1987.

Tupa scored the first 2-point conversion in NFL history.

Here is one more little twist in Tupa's career:
The article above describes Tupa's lawsuit against the NFL for workers compensation.

One more fun fact on Tupa. His final pass attempt resulted in a pick-six against the Saints on a botched punt.


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MN Buckeye's picture

Let's see if Joe Ramstetter can add to the legend of number 19. 

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Rob Reese's picture

Tupa, now that's a name I haven't heard in ages.  Good-bye 20's, hello teens/tens!


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