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.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Franklin Ellwood||1955-56||1956||1955, 1956||1955-56|
|Shawn Springs||1993-96||1996||1995, 1996||1994||1993-96|
|Mike Roberts||2002, 2004-05|
Roger Harper, Safety (1990-92)
Born: 1970 (Columbus)
High School: Independence
The Buckeyes were 23-7-2 with Harper on the team.
1992 All-Big Ten.
Harper's Ohio State career per texnews.com:
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 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 texnews.com:
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.
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.
Shawn Springs, CB (1993-96)
Born: 1975 (Williamsburg, VA)
High School: Springbrook (MD)
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 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
1996 All-Big Ten.
1995 All-Big Ten.
1998 Pro Bowl.
2010 Named to the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.
Shawn Springs' Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
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.
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 ohiostatebuckeys.com:
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.
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.
Tyson Gentry, P (2004-08)
High School: Perkins
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.
"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."
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):
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.
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.
Drew Basil, K (2010-13)
High School: Chilicothe
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 ohiostatebuckeyes.com
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 ...
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 Jason Priestas
114 days until The Game.