Countdown: 28 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
August 2, 2014 at 6:25a
No. 28

In 4 Saturdays Ohio State will start the 2014 season against Navy in Baltimore. Below you will find a list of the 37 players who have worn the No. 28 since 1933.

Today's featured players are Jonathan Wells and Beanie Wells. Although the players are not related they do share a common bond; big games against That Team. Jonathan Wells helped end a dark era in The Game's history and Beanie Wells re-wrote the record book against the Wolverines.


Players who Wore No. 28 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac All-B1G Letter
Melvin Cox 1933-34           1934
Edward West 1936           1936
Stuart Whitehead 1938-39           1938-39
Nicholas Roman 1940            
George Cheroke 1941           1941
William Hackett* 1942           1942
Dick Meinke 1943            
Kenneth Boxwell 1944           1944
James Fout 1945           1945
Richard Widdoes 1948-50           1948-50
William Wilks 1951           1951
William Booth 1953-55            1953-55
Paul Ballmer 1958           1958
William Hess 1960-62           1960-62
Gerald Ehrsam 1966-68           1966-68
Harry Howard 1969-71     1971     1969-71
Doug Plank 1972-74           1972-74
Joseph Garcia 1975-76            
Robert Murphy 1978-80           1978-80
Jeff Gottron 1982           1982
Roman Bates 1983-84           1983-84
Dave Bartley 1984            
Anthony Woodford 1986            
John Spencer 1987-89            
Bob Hoyt 1988            
Bill Seach* 1989            
Jon Berger* 1989            
Jason Louis 1991-95           1992-94
Mike Burden 1996-97           1996
Mike Pulsfort* 1996            
Leandre Liggins 1998           1998
Jonathan Wells 1998-2001           1998-2001
Maurice Hall* 2002-04         2002, 2003, 2004 2002-04
Beanie Wells 2006-08   2007     2007, 2008 2006-08
Dominic Clarke 2010            
Ron Tanner* 2011-12           2012
Warren Ball 2012-13            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 28
I do not have the list of 2013 varsity letter winners
Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Jonathan Wells' 129 yards against That Team in 2001 helped kick-start the recent dominance by the Buckeyes in The Game.
Jonathan Wells' 129 yards against That Team in 2001 helped kick-start the recent dominance by the Buckeyes in The Game.

Jonathan Wells, RB (1998-2001)
Born: 1979 (River Ridge, LA)
High School: John Curtis Christian

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 32-16 with Wells on the team.
1998 Big Ten Title.
1999 Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 to win the Sugar Bowl.

2001 Team MVP.

Jonathan Wells' senior season per (12-2-01):

Senior tailback Jonathan Wells has been selected by his teammates as the Most Valuable Player on the 2001 Ohio State football team. Wells received the honor at Sunday's team appreciation banquet at the Adams Mark Hotel.

"We had a lot of players step up this year, but Jonathan had an outstanding season and clearly played the best football of his career this year as a senior," said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel. "He was a leader for us both on and off the field and had the respect and admiration of his teammates."

Busting through That Team.

Wells led the Buckeyes in rushing and scoring, netting 1,257 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns on 232 carries, an average of 5.4 yards per carry. He finished the season with a flourish, topping the 100-yard mark in each of the last five games, including a career-high 192 yards in the home finale against Illinois. He was on his way to an even better day the following week at Michigan, rambling for 122 yards in the first half before sitting out the second half with leg cramps and finishing with 129 yards.

In addition to amassing 717 yards in the Buckeyes' last five games, he also scored eight touchdowns.

Wells is the 16th back in Ohio State history to top the 1,000-yard mark. His current total of 1,257 yards is the 11th best in school history. The 6-1, 230-pound native of River Ridge, La. now has 2,344 career rushing yards, a total that ranks 12th in school annals.

Jonathan Wells' fantasy football impact in 2005 per Wikipedia:

Fantasy stud.

As the reserve running back for the Houston Texans in 2005, Wells was thrust into the fantasy football spotlight when starting running back Domanick Williams was injured, giving Wells the start in a Week 15 game against the Arizona Cardinals. Wells delivered with an 87 yard, 2 touchdown performance, propelling fantasy football teams who started Wells to stunning victories and sending owners of opposing teams into table-pounding rages. Following this performance, Wells immediately faded back into fantasy football obscurity.

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A description of the company per

You World Global Media is a Record Label that is set to take the Music Industry by storm in 2012. The label boast various acts that range from Pop Rock, Rap, R&B, etc. First up, be on the look out for Young Dirt hailing from North Carolina!

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia

Beanie Wells is the ultimate Wolverine killer. He went 3-0 against That Team and ran for 222 yards against them in 2007.
Beanie Wells is the ultimate Wolverine killer. He went 3-0 against That Team and ran for a school-record 222 yards against them in 2007.

Chris "Beanie" Wells, RB (2006-08)
1988 (Akron)
High School: Akron Garfield

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 33-6 with Wells on the team.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2006 Defeated No. 2 Texas 24-7 in Austin.
Went 3-0 against That Team.

2007 Team MVP.
2008 Team MVP.
2007 All-Big Ten.

Beanie Wells' Ohio State career:

Christopher "Beanie" Wells came out of high school as a highly ranked running back. Beanie's career at Ohio State did not disappoint.

As a freshman Beanie rushed for 576 yards (5.5 ypc) and seven touchdowns. His most memorable carry of that season was his 52 yard touchdown on a late Saturday in November.

Beanie's 1,609 rushing yards in 2007 ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State for a single season.
Beanie's 1,609 rushing yards in 2007 ranks fourth all-time at Ohio State for a single season.

In 2007 Beanie had the backfield all to himself and rushed for 1,609 yards (5.9 ypc) and 15 touchdowns. When playing That Team Beanie saved his best for last. Wells gained 222 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Wolverines. That total is more than any other Ohio State running back in The Game.

2008 was Beanie's last season with Ohio State. Great expectations were placed on Wells going into the season, but a foot injury against Youngstown State placed him on the sidelines for three games. Beanie finished the season with 1,197 yards (5.8 ypc) and 8 touchdowns.

Again Beanie created nightmares for That Team. He rushed for 134 yards (including a 59 yard touchdown) on 15 carries as the Buckeyes won 42-7. 

Beanie the Wolverine Slayer:

Wells rushed for 412 yards (7.0 ypc) and four touchdowns in the three games he played against That Team.


Beanie Wells enters the 2009 NFL Draft per


“There are a lot of things I know I will miss: just being in the locker room, spending time with my teammates, playing in the Michigan game, just all the aspects of being at Ohio State that make it such a special place. But in the best interest of my family, it’s time to move on and take a chance at fulfilling my lifetime dream of playing in the NFL.

“I will always appreciate everything Ohio State has done in helping me grow up and become a man, and I will always be a Buckeye.”


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide,

No. 28 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Bill Hackett* 1945 13 131 OG Packers
Harry Howard 1972 9 225 DB Rams
Robert Murphy 1981 10 274 DB Falcons
Jonathan Wells 2002 4 99 TB Texans
Beanie Wells 2009 1 31 RB Cardinals

*Wore No. 96 when drafted
The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas


The Game.

118 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors. 

Beanie Wells is fourth all-time at Ohio State with 3,382 rushing yards. Had he come back for his senior season he would have finished second on Ohio State's career rushing list.

He is the last Buckeye to win Team MVP honors in back-to-back years. Only seven players have won the award in back-to-back seasons since 1930.

"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

Well, 28 has been a good number for running backs.

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BroJim's picture

I liked Wells and I loved his stiff arm but it really bothered me that every time he was tackled he needed help up.

Thanks, Remy.

I season my simple food with hunger

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GoBucks10's picture

Interesting that two great 28s were so recent! Nice work Remy!

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

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Knarcisi's picture

Beanie had an innate ability for a big back. His feet at the line of scrimmage and his burst when he saw daylight was incredible. 

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IH8UOFM's picture

I know I've posted it before, but this is the autographed picture I have of Beanie. Its the centerpiece of my OSU shrine in my "man cave". Its probably the best photo I have ever seen (the photoshop effect) and the blue sharpie make it super unique.

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Rob Reese's picture

ohhh, I like that.

I don't have many pieces; a Spielman mini helmet, A. Griffin signed 8x10, Tressel signed 11x14.  

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Earle's picture

Jonathan Wells! Beanie!! Four weeks to football!!!

Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

That 52 yarder in '06 against That Team up North will forever be etched in my mind.  He was a man amongst boys.

“Right now, Michigan is not at the pinnacle of college football, and that’s all Urban Meyer cares about...He’s been there and knows what it takes to get there.” 

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Hovenaut's picture

Beanie had a very good career in Columbus...though sometimes I think of what could have been had he been completely heathly and/or stayed for his senior year.

I'll always remember Johnathan Wells just putting it to their defense in 2001. Making good on Tress' fateful promise 310 days earlier...

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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Rob Reese's picture

though sometimes I think of what could have been had he been completely heathly and/or stayed for his senior year.

I agree with you and in fact just had this debate with some buddies at work less than a week ago as we were "arguing" top 5 greatest RB's in OSU history.  Those kind of debates invariably lead to a whole lot of "coulda's, shoulda's and woulda's"; think Robert Smith for a minute and what he might've done.

Still, Beanie leaving early clearly has been a sound financial decision for him given that his NFL career already appears to be over.

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lamplighter's picture

another #28, Doug Plank, was one heckuva DB back in the day

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Knarcisi's picture

Didn't Beanie go house on scUM from long distance 3 years in a row?

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