Countdown: 24 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
August 6, 2014 at 12:05a
24 Days

In 24 days Ohio State will play Navy to start the 2014 season. Below you will find a list of the 43 Buckeyes who have worn the No. 24 since 1933.

Today's featured players are Roger Harper, Shawn Springs, Tyson Gentry and Drew Basil. I went to the same high school as Roger Harper (he graduated the year before I was a freshman) and the team a coach for defeated Drew Basil and Chilicothe 34-14 in 2008. 


Players who Wore No. 24 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Frank Fisch 1933-35           1933-35
Nicholas Rutkay 1937           1937
Richard Burgett 1941           1941
W. Macdonald 1942            
Jim Marker 1943            
Richard Wandke 1944           1944
Ed Wambold 1945            
Francis Doolittle 1946-47           1946-47
Thomas Anderson 1948            
Richard Ellwood 1950           1950
Thurlow Weed 1952-54           1952-54
Franklin Ellwood 1955-56     1956   1955, 1956 1955-56
Jerry Fields 1958-59           1958-59
Joseph Sparma 1961-62           1961-62
Jack Walker 1965           1965
William Long 1966-68           1966-68
Thomas Campana 1969-71           1969-71
Richard Parsons 1972-74           1972-74
Charles Hunter* 1977           1977
Steven Lamb 1978            
Jeff Cisco 1981-82           1981-82
Ron Jordan 1983            
Michael Wood* 1985           1985
Mike Chancey* 1986            
Tim Rutledge 1987-89            
Charles Myrick* 1988            
Shawn Woodard 1990            
Roger Harper 1990-92   1992       1990-92
Heath Knisely* 1992            
Shawn Springs 1993-96 1996 1995, 1996     1994 1993-96
Carmie Elmore 1994-96            
Scott Fulton 1997-99            
Richard Hall 1999            
Curtis Crosby 1999-2000           2000
Andy Groom* 2000         2000 2000
Maurice Lee* 2001            
Mike Roberts 2002, 2004-05            
Tyson Gentry* 2005-08         2008  
Marcus Williams 2006-09         2007-09 2007-09
Grant Schwartz* 2006-07           2007
Nate Ebner* 2009         2009 2009
Rod Smith 2010            
Drew Basil 2010-13         2013 2010-13

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 24
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Roger Harper
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Roger Harper, Safety (1990-92)
Born: 1970 (Columbus)
High School: Independence

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 23-7-2 with Harper on the team.

1992 All-Big Ten.

Harper's Ohio State career per


An All-Big 10 strong safety, Harper spearheaded the Ohio State secondary and became the second safety taken in the 1993 draft after Patrick Bates of Texas A&M was chosed by the Raiders. Harper started every game his last two years for the Buckeyes, collecting 118 tackles (75 solo) and seven interceptions.

Harper's Ohio State card

Harper entered the NFL after his junior year, a year in which he led an 8-2-1 Ohio State squad with four interceptions. As a sophomore, he picked off a Drew Bledsoe pass and ran in back 42 years for a touchdown, earning Sports Illustrated Player-of-the-Week honors.

Roger Harper was traded to the Cowboys in 1996 in what would be his final year playing football. Below is an excerpt from the Cowboys' 1996 Media Guide per

Dallas is counting on big things from Roger Harper in 1996. Acquired on April 19 in a trade with the Atlanta Falcons for a fourth and fifth-round draft choice, Harper will battle for playing time at free safety and provide an immediate upgrade to the Cowboys nickel defense.

Harper selected in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft.
Harper selected in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft.

The big, swift defender is considered a physical open field tackler, with superb range, who plays strong against the run "Roger is a tough hitter who's size makes him an intimidating force in the secondary." says Cowboys' Linebacker Coach Jim Bates, who worked with Harper as the Falcons' defensive coordinator in 1994.


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia

Shawn Springs
Springs was selected with the third pick of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

Shawn Springs, CB (1993-96)
Born: 1975 (Williamsburg, VA)
High School: Springbrook (MD)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 41-8-1 with Springs on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1993 Defeated BYU 28-21 to win the Holiday Bowl.
1997 Defeated Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.

1996 All-American.
1996 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
1996 All-Big Ten.

Springs was named to the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.
Springs was named to the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team. 

1995 All-Big Ten.
1998 Pro Bowl.
2004 All-Pro.
2010 Named to the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.

Shawn Springs' Ohio State career per

In 1996, Shawn Springs was one of the top cornerbacks in college football and the dominant defensive player in the Big Ten - despite not recording an interception. Most teams simply chose not to test him. The 1996 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year (selected by the conference head coaches) was named to the first-team Walter Camp, Football Coaches, Sporting News and Football News All-America teams.

Shawn Springs

He finished the year with 39 tackles and a team-high 15 passes broken up. In his final game as a Buckeye, he held Arizona State receiver Keith Poole to just one catch for 10 yards in the Rose Bowl. He finished that game with five tackles and four passes broken up. Springs finished his career as a two-time All-Big Ten selection. The Seattle Seahawks selected him with the third overall selection in the 1997 NFL Draft.

Springs was signed to a seven-year $20 million dollar contract as a rookie. At the time it was the largest deal ever signed by a Seattle Seahawk or NFL rookie cornerback.

Springs creates a scholarship at Ohio State per

Former Ohio State University football player Shawn Springs has donated a scholarship, the Shawn Springs "Majority of One"  Postgraduate Scholarship, to be given annually to a minority student-athlete at OSU.


The scholarship, worth $1,500 to $2,000, will be awarded to a minority student-athlete based not only on his or her academic achievements, but also on his or her involvement both inside and outside of the Ohio State community. The winner of the scholarship will be a person, or persons, exemplifying outstanding character, drive and achievement.

Ohio State Scholarship

As a student-athlete Springs excelled both on the playing field and in the classroom. He was named USA Today's Positive Performer in 1996, an award given to collegiate student-athletes who are making positive differences by overcoming obstacles, aiding society and challenging stereotypes on and off campus.

Shawn Springs played in the NFL from 1997-2009. In that time he played in 169 games made 592 tackles, 8.5 sacks, 33 interceptions, 138 pass deflections and 2 touchdowns.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia

Tsyon 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

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 family.

"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 Genty

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 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.


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and

Drew Basil finished his Ohio State career with two school records.
Drew Basil finished his Ohio State career with two school records.

Drew Basil, K (2010-13)
High School: Chilicothe

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 42-10 with Basil on the team.
2012 B1G Leaders Title.
2013 B1G Leaders Title.
2010 Defeated Arkansas 31-26 to win the Sugar Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2013 Academic All-B1G.

Basil's Ohio State career per

Drew Basil tied four other players - OG Bryant Browning, CB Chimdi Chekwa, LB Marcus Freeman and DE Cam Heyward - for second-place all-time at Ohio State with 52 games played, trailing only Ross Homan's 54 games between 2006-10 ...

he was the team's starting kicker from the first day of his freshman season to his last game ... handled kickoffs as a freshman and all placements from 2011 on ...

Basil made crucial field goals against That Team in 2012.
Basil made crucial field goals against That Team in 2012.

holds two school records - single season extra points and field goal pct. - and he ranks third in school history with 169 career extra points ... his career field goal percentage of 78.6 pct. (33 of 42) also ranks third ...

finished among the Top 10 scorers in Ohio State history with 268 points (ninth) ... excellent tackler on kickoff team with 20 tackles including 17 solos ...

he graduated in December 2013 with his degree in communications and wrapped up his bachelor's degree with a perfect 4.0 grade point average for the 2013 Autumn semester ... he was named Academic All-Big Ten Conference. 

Senior Season:  Drew had plenty of opportunities to kick in 2013; those opportunities just weren't of the three-point variety because of Ohio State's record-setting offense that scored 87 touchdowns and ranked second nationally in percentage of drives ending with a touchdown ...


Basil was 77 of 79 in extra points and he was 9 of 10 in field goals, numbers that helped him earn honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference honors by the coaches and media ...

77 extra points is a school single season record ... 90 pct. field goal rate is also a single season school record ...

scored 104 points - 11th overall at Ohio State and fourth-most kick points in school history ... had a school-record string of 102 consecutive extra points snapped when he missed his final attempt in the 60-35 win over Illinois.  

Drew Basil's Game Day Magazine Feature “Dream Come True” by Ben Vondal (9-1-12):

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and


No. 24 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Jerry Fields 1961 13 179 RB Giants
Tom Campana 1972 13 316 DB Cardinals
Roger Harper 1993 2 38 S Falcons
Shawn Springs 1997 1 3 DB Seahawks

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas 

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Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

 I went to the same high school as Roger Harper, he graduated the year before I was a freshman. The team I'm an assistant coach for defeated Drew Basil and Chilicothe 34-14 in 2008. 

Roger Harper

"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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Baroclinicity's picture

I never watched a guy return kicks as closely as I did Shawn Springs, and I think Drew Basil is easily the most underrated kicker we've had.  He was so solid, there was never a reason to talk about him.  I'm afraid of the drop-off going into this season.

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

+2 HS
alust2013's picture

I think Basil might have had some accuracy issues his freshman year, but otherwise, he really was an excellent kicker. I always thought it was pretty cool that he was at least moderately active in making tackles on kick returns.

...and Michigan still sucks.

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allinosu's picture

Tom Campana was quite a player for us. Tom and Larry Zelena were exciting and you held your breath when they got the ball. Nice to remember him. 

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IH8UOFM's picture

Couldn't find the link, but I remember reading that story about how Shawn's father told him something along the lines of "he wouldn't be allowed back in their house" if he committed to UM, then called John Cooper and told him "Shawn is going to Ohio State and he will be an AA cornerback".

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BucksFan2000's picture

Most probably know the story, but Springs' father also played at OSU, for Woody.

Shawn is a great example of how brutal sports can be.  Obviously a great Buckeye, but it's hard to remember him without thinking of the Michigan game.  It's not fair - and he's not the reason for that loss - but I bet most of us can still picture it.

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allinosu's picture

I remember him being a hotdog. No matter how much he would be in trouble or penalized he taunted. He was second only to Boston in that regard. When those two great players made a big play we used to scream at the TV, DON'T DO IT, DON'T DO IT. It funny now but not then. The staff had no choice but just try to regulate it because what they brought to the table.

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