Countdown: 21 Days Until Ohio State Football

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August 9, 2014 at 12:01a
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In 3 Saturdays Ohio State football will return as the Buckeyes travel to Baltimore to play Navy. Below you will find a list of the 32 players who have worn No. 21 since 1933.

Today's featured players are Zack Dumas, B.J. Sander and Nate Salley.

 

 

Players who Wore No. 21 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Glenn Whinnery 1933            
Earl Thomas 1934-35            
Donald Cook*              
Robert Maloney* 1937            
Earl Carlin 1939-40           1939-40
Ernest Plank 1943           1943
E. Pete Perini* 1947-48           1947-48
William Peterson 1952           1952
James Samuels 1957            
Michael Benis 1960           1960
Kenneth Johnson* 1961           1961
Arthur Burton 1967-69           1967-69
Frank Andrulis 1970            
Carl Kern 1972-73           1972-73
Max Midlam 1974-76           1974-76
Ricky Johnson 1977-78, 1980           1977-78, 1980
Kevin Richardson 1982-84           1982-84
Kevin Delaney 1985           1985
Tim Jones 1985            
Zack Dumas 1986-89     1989     1986-89
Tim Patillo 1991-94           1991, 1993-94
Greg Sheehee 1993-94            
Charlie Sanders 1995, 1997-98            
C.J. Moore 1999            
B.J. Sander 1999-03 2003 2003       2000, 2003
Chris Parnell 2000            
Nate Salley 2002-05   2005       2002-05
Tyson Gentry* 2004            
Anderson Russell 2006-09         2009 2006-09
Jamie Wood* 2010-12           2010-11
Jake Russell 2011            
Devlin McDaniel 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 21
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide
 

Dumas started his career as a running back, but would rather hit than be hit.
Dumas started his career as a running back, but he said he  would rather hit than be hit.

Zack Dumas, S (1986-1989)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 28-17-2 with Dumas on the team.
1986 Big Ten Title.
1987 Defeated Texas A&M 28-12 to win the Cotton Bowl.

Honors
1989 Team Captain.

Zack Dumas does not appear in the Ohio State defensive record book for most tackles, interceptions or sacks. There is not a lot of information out there about Zack Dumas' career at Ohio State.

What I could find is that he was a captain of the 1989 team. Dumas was the second leading tackler of the '89 team with 71 tackles. He also had two carries for 44 yards that season.

Another interesting tidbit I found is that some people believe Dumas is the reason Ohio State has a poor record against SEC teams in bowl games.

With Ohio State leading 14-3 early in the second quarter Dumas made this tackle on Stacy Danley:

After that hit Auburn scored 28 straight points to defeat the Buckeyes 31-14 and start the much ballyhooed streak of bowl losses to SEC teams.

Jesse Lamovsky, of clevelandfan.com, believes Dumas' hit started a curse against the SEC:

It took four minutes for Stacy Danley to peel himself off the grass. But as foggy as he might have been in the wake of the Shot Heard Round the Sombrero, his teammates had quickly and suddenly been roused from their own slumber. Zack Dumas had forcefully reminded them that they were in a football game.

Dumas' big hit.

“The moment Stacy got hit, it pumped us up,” split end Greg Taylor said afterward. Linebacker Quentin Riggins concurred. “When we saw that hit and what it did to Stacy, it woke us up.”

Since that game- or more precisely, since that hit- Ohio State’s fortunes against the Southeastern Conference have been, to put it mildly, checkered. The Buckeyes have met SEC opponents seven times in bowl games since that 1990 Hall of Fame Bowl. At times they were the favorites, at times they were the underdogs, and at least once it was too close to call. All seven times the final result has been the same- a loss. 

Did this hit start a curse? I don't think so. Did it motivate Auburn in that game? Yes, but it had no impact on the future games against teams of that conference.

Either way, I applaud Zack Dumas for his effort and great tackle in that game.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, cleveland.com
 

B.J. Sander is the only Buckeye to win the Ray Guy Award.
B.J. Sander is the only Buckeye to win the Ray Guy Award.

B.J. Sander, P (1999-2003)
Born:
1980 (Cincinnati)
High School: Roger Bacon

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 46-17 with Sander on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2003 Defeated Miami 31-24 to win the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game.
2004 Defeated Kansas State 35-28 to win the Fiesta Bowl.

Honors
2003 Ray Guy Award.
2003 All-American.
2003 All-Big Ten.

B.J. Sander's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

B. J. Sander had big shoes to fill in 2003. As the Buckeyes’ punter, he faced the daunting task of replacing graduated All-American Andy Groom. But Sander’s shoes seemed to fit just fine. In a storybook season, he averaged 43.3 yards per punt, was voted to a first-team all-Big Ten berth and became the first Buckeye to win the 
Ray Guy Award as the nation’s best collegiate punter. 

In 2003 39 of Sander's 82 punts were downed inside the 20. He also averaged 43.3 yards per punt that season.
In 2003 39 of Sander's 82 punts were downed inside the 20. He also averaged 43.3 yards per punt that season.

From a pure numbers point, Sander was magical. Of his 82 kicks, a phenomenal 39 were downed inside the opposing 20-yard line. That figure led the nation. Additionally, 16 of his punts were fair-caught, meaning just 31 of his punts were even returned.

Sander led the Big Ten and was fourth nationally in net punting. Like Groom, he was a master at giving the Buckeyes good field position and allowing the Ohio State defense to dominate a game.

Two of his best efforts came late in the year. Against Purdue in Ohio State’s final home game of the season, he punted 10 times, downing seven of those inside the 20 and five inside the 10. At Michigan, where Ohio State athletes establish their legacies, he averaged 
49.1 yards per punt on nine kicks.

Sander had five kicks of 60 or more yards, including a career best of 68 yards against San Diego State. 

The Cincinnati native was a third-round draft pick of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers in 2004 and played there two seasons.

National Champ.

Sander was drafted in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Although his NFL career only lasted one season, Sander can take comfort in the fact that he is currently the only Ohio State player to be named an All-American while wearing the No. 21.

Sander will always be Ohio State's first Ray Guy award winner.

 

B.J. Sander doing his thing in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl:

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia
 

Nate Salley was 4-0 in bowl games.
Nate Salley was 4-0 in bowl games.

Nate Salley, FS (2002-05)
Born:
1984 (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 43-8 with Salley on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2003 Defeated Miami to win the Tostitos 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.
Went 3-1 against That Team.

Honors
2005 All-Big Ten.

Nate Salley came to Ohio State from Ft. Lauderdale's St.Thomas Aquinas High School. In 2005 he was named to the All-Big Ten Team. Salley was also named a captain of the 2005 team.

Salley made the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2003 and 2004.

He was selected by the Carolina Panther in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.

This is what cbssports.com had to say about Salley going into the draft:

The hard hitting Salley earned All-Big Ten honors in 2005.
The hard hitting Salley earned All-Big Ten honors in 2005.

Salley has been a model of consistency in the Buckeyes' secondary for the past three years. The hard-hitting free safety plays with great emotion and is regarded by the OSU staff as a coach on the field.

He takes great pride in his leadership role, as he guided a young and inexperienced defensive backfield that helped the team rank fifth nationally in total defense in 2005, allowing only 281.33 yards per game. He got a chance to display his versatility and athletic talent when he also joined the Buckeyes' basketball team after his freshman year.

Salley helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas High School to a 14-1 record and a berth in the Class 5A state championship game as a senior. 

As a true freshman at Ohio State in 2002, Salley appeared in every game. He played mostly on special teams and was listed second on the depth chart at field cornerback, logging 34 minutes of action while producing six tackles (3 solos). He started the last eleven games of the 2003 season, taking over for Donnie Nickey at free safety. He finished fourth on the team with 77 tackles (44 solos) and a stop for a loss. Salley also batted away five passes.

His consistency in the secondary earned Salley second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a junior. Salley missed the Michigan State and Purdue contests with a left shoulder injury and was sorely missed. He still managed to rank sixth on the squad with 55 tackles (26 solos), intercepted two passes and deflected four others.

Salley was 3-1 against That Team.
Salley was 3-1 against That Team..

Salley continued to elevate his performance throughout his senior season, earning All-Big Ten first-team accolades. He registered 43 tackles (27 solos) with 1.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and caused a fumble. Salley also had six pass breakups, an interception and a blocked kick.

In 49 games at Ohio State, Salley started his final 33 contests. He finished with 181 tackles (100 solos), 2.5 stops for losses of 9 yards and a forced fumble. Salley blocked a kick, picked off three passes and delivered fifteen pass deflections.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Wikipedia

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Game.

111 days until The Game.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No. 21 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
B.J. Sander 2004 3 87 P Packers
Nate Salley 2006 4 121 S Panthers

 Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas

 

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Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

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"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

Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

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"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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Knarcisi's picture

No errors, Remy, especially since you didn't feature Anderson Russell. 

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ziplock007's picture

Wow... Hard to believe it's been 8 years since Tyson Gentry... luckily he made the best of it...

Look at all his amazing headlines

http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2013/11/checking_in_with_tyson_ge...

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/2013/11/28062/tyson-gentry-newly-married-a...

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Remy's picture

I featured Tyson Gentry with No. 24.

Tyson Gentry

Tyson Gentry, P (2004-08)
Hometown:
Sandusky
High School: Perkins

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 51-12 with Gentry on the team.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2004 Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the Alamo Bowl.
2006 Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
Went 5-0 against That Team.

Tyson Gentry's injury per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Ohio State football player Tyson Gentry  remains hospitalized at The Ohio State University Medical Center after suffering a serious neck injury during practice Friday in Ohio Stadium.

Gentry, a sophomore punter and wide receiver from Sandusky, Ohio, was injured after being tackled on a pass play. He underwent surgery Friday night and is currently resting comfortably with his family at his side.

Gentry with his mom.

"Ty is alert and in good spirits and is receiving the very best in medical care," said his father, Bob. "My wife, Gloria, and I want to thank the wonderful team of doctors and nurses for all that they have done for him. We also want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. We ask that you continue to keep our son in your prayers."

"Tyson is a wonderful young man, who loves the game of football and loves being at Ohio State and following in the footsteps of his dad," said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. "Our players, coaches and everyone in the Ohio State Athletics Department family are praying fervently for his recovery."

Tressel with Gentry

Ohio State spokesperson Steve Snapp will update the media as more information becomes available and in accordance with the Gentry family's wishes.

An update on Tyson Gentry's life after Ohio State per Kyle Rowland (11-2013):

Gentry at his wedding

Tyson Gentry has not let his paralysis negatively affect his life. Instead, he's continued living as if nothing ever happened. The happy-go-lucky former wide receiver was recently married and is pursuing a master's degree. 

  “I’ve really come to believe that everything happens for a reason,” Gentry told Cleveland.com in a phone interview from Florida this week. “You don’t always get what you want, but you get what you need. You do the best you can with what comes across your path.”

Gentry, 28, lives outside St. Petersburg, Fla., deciding to move two years ago to warmer weather after feeling the cold negatively affect his body each fall and winter. After graduating from Ohio State in 2009, he’s getting his master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling online from the University of Buffalo.

Griffin and Gentry

He said the degree should lead him into a career in something like social work, where he’d work with those dealing with disabilities and drug abuse.

Source:  cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2013/11/checking_in_with_tyson_gentry.html

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, elevenwarriors.com and ohiostatebuckeyes.com
 

"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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MN Buckeye's picture

Thanks Remy. Hard to believe that football is almost upon us and that summer is almost over.

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JohnnyKozmo's picture

BJ Sander showed how important the kicking game is, especially under Tressel, but in general as well.  Not sure if that magical season would have happened without him.

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