We are now out of the 30s and into the roaring 20s as we get another day closer to the start of Ohio State football. Below you will find a list of the 29 players who have worn No. 29 for Ohio State.
Today's featured players are Inwood Smith and Pepe Pearson. An interesting note on Inwood Smith is that he placed third in the Discus Throw at the 1935 NCAA Men's Track and Field Championships. Jesse Owens won the Broad Jump, 100-Yard Dash, 220-Yard Dash and the 220-Yard Low Hurdles at the same event.
|Player||Worn||All-American||All-B1G||Captain||Academic AA||Ac All-B1G||Letter|
|Thomas Blinco||1976-77, 1979||1976-77, 1979|
|Jesse Kline||1999-2001||2000, 2001||2001|
Inwood Smith, G (1934-36)
Born: 1915 (New Jersey)
The Buckeyes were 19-5 with Smith on the team.
1935 Big Ten Title.
Smith went 3-0 against That Team outscoring them 99-0.
Smith's Ohio State career per Wikipedia:
(Smith) was an All-American football player for the Ohio State University Buckeyes in the mid-1930s. A native of New Jersey, he moved with his family to Mansfield, Ohio as a boy. In addition to football, Smith was a competitive swimmer, basketball player, and track and field athlete. At the end of the 1935 college football season, Smith was selected as a first-team All-American by Grantland Rice for Collier's Weekly and by a board of coaches for Pathé News.
Smith's life after football per Wikipedia:
After graduating from Ohio State, Smith was employed by the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Co. in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Cleveland. During World War II, Smith became district supervisor of the Office of Price Administration in Columbus, Ohio.
1936 All-Big Ten.
Pepe Pearson, RB (1994-97)
Born: 1975 (Euclid, Ohio)
High School: Euclid
The Buckeyes were 41-10 with Pearson on the team.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1997 Defeated No. 4 Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.
Defeated Notre Dame in 1995 (45-26) and 1996 (29-16).
1996 Defeated No. 4 Penn State 38-7 in Columbus.
Pearson is third all-time at Ohio State with 659 rushing attempts.
Pepe ran for over at least 100 yards 13 times in his career.
Pepe Pearson's Ohio State career per Wikipedia:
A four-year letterwinner at Ohio State, Pearson is the Buckeye’s sixth all-time leading rusher (3,121 yards) as of 2008, trailing only Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Tim Spencer,Keith Byars, and Chris Wells. His 1,484 rushing yards as a junior is the sixth highest season total in team history. With 17 touchdowns, Pearson is eleventh on the Buckeyes' scoring list. Pearson's had a 173-yard rushing performance in Ohio State's 1996 victory over Notre Dame.
Pepe Pearson's coaching career per ohiodominicanpanthers.com:
Pepe Pearson returns for his 10th season as the running backs coach for the Panthers. Prior to joining ODU’s coaching staff in its inaugural season of 2004, Pearson served as an assistant coach at St. Charles Preparatory School in Columbus for one year.
The Panthers have rewritten the school’s rushing records over the past two seasons as running back Mike Noffsinger was named a Harlon Hill Trophy Candidate as one of the best Division II players in the country. Noffsinger set school single-season and career rushing marks for yards and touchdowns as the Panthers finished 2011 with the best rushing offense in program history. ODU also ranked third in the conference in rushing yards per game.
After Pearson’s decorated playing career came to a close, he jumped into the coaching arena. Pearson was the head coach of the Daytona Beach Hawgs in 2005-2006, formerly of the National Indoor Football League Arena Football Team, and was the Head Coach and General Manager of the Marion Mayhem, a member of the Continental Indoor Football League from 2007-2009. He led his team to the 2009 conference championship with a record of 9-3.
Pepe Pearson's pro football career per ohiodominicanpanthers.com:
After completing his college career, Pearson played in the National Football League (NFL) for the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers. He also played in NFL Europe, where he won the 2000 World Bowl Championship with the Rhein Fire, scoring the game-winning touchdown.
*Wore No. 6 when drafted.
Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas
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