Countdown: 8 Days Until Ohio State Football

Remy's picture
August 22, 2014 at 12:19a
No. 8


In 8 days Ohio State is looking to make our great state proud when they play Navy in the 2014 season opener. Since 1934, 22 players have worn No. 8 for Ohio State. 

Today's article will cover the careers of Jim McDonald, Earl Langhurst, Stanley Jackson, Steve Bellisari and Noah Spence.

Two players who wore today's number during the mid 1990s and early 2000s caused me great hate for the No. 8. I'm hoping Noah Spence will help end my disdain for this digit.



Players who Wore No. 8 for Ohio State
Player Worn All-American All-B1G Captain Academic AA Ac. All-B1G Letter
Arthur Boucher 1934-35           1934-35
Jim McDonald* 1936-37 1937 1937 1937     1936-37
Earl Langhurst 1938-40     1940     1938-40
Dan Cunningham 1971            
Billy Ezzo 1972-74           1972-74
Rod Gerald 1975-78   1977       1975-78
David McTier 1979-80            
Lamar Keuchler 1982           1982
Scott Leach 1984-86           1984-86
Courtney Gasper 1984            
Mark Smith 1987-88            
Bobby Olive* 1988-90           1988-90
Jeff Cothran* 1991-93           1991-93
Stanley Jackson 1993-97     1997     1995-97
Steve Bellisari 1998-2001     2000, 2001     1998-2001
Drew Carter* 2002-03           2002-03
Roy Hall* 2004-06         2003-06 2004-06
Aaron Gant 2006-10           2006-10
DeVier Posey 2008-11           2008-09, 2011
Dionte Allen 2011           2011
Noah Spence 2012-13   2013     2013 2012-13
Jeff Green 2013            

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 8
Sources- Buckeyextra and The Ohio State Team Guide

Ohio State and McDonald outscored That Team 80-0.
Ohio State and McDonald outscored That Team 80-0.

Jim McDonald, QB (1935-1937)
1915 (Springfield, Ohio)
Died: 1997 (Knoxville, TN)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 18-6 with McDonald on the team.
1935 Big Ten Title.
1935 Defeated That Team 38-0.
1936 Defeated That Team 21-0.
1937 Defeated That Team 21-0.

1937 Captain.
1937 All-American.
1937 All-Big Ten.

McDonald's Ohio State career per

Jim McDonald enjoyed the rare honor of being selected captain of both the football and basketball teams. He played quarterback and linebacker in football and guard in basketball. After leaving OSU, McDonald played two years with the Detroit Lions. He later became head football coach at the University of Tennessee.

McDonald puts excitement into a PAT and plays basketball for the Buckeyes per Wikipedia:

Ohio State and That Team.

McDonald's most memorable play that year was only worth one point. He was kicking a point after touchdown against Northwestern and the ball was blocked. The holder, Mike Kabealo, grabbed the ball, pitched it back to McDonald. McDonald ran the ball around the right side for the point. The final score was 7–0.

McDonald was also a three-year starter as a guard on the Ohio State basketball team from 1936 to 1938. As a senior, he served as team captain.

McDonald's career after Ohio State per Wikipedia:

McDonald was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles as the second pick in the 1938 NFL Draft, but never played for that team.
He played two seasons with the Detroit Lions, picking up a career total of 80 yards.

McDonald was an assistant football coach at the University of Tennessee under head coach Bowden Wyatt from 1955 to 1962.
He succeeded Wyatt as head coach in 1963, but stayed at that position for only one year (5-5).

McDonald remained at Tennessee as an assistant athletic director. 


Langhurst was captain of the 1940 team.
Langhurst was captain of the 1940 team.

Earl Langhurst, FB (1938-1940)
1919 (Willard, Ohio)
High School: Willard
Died: 2008 (Willard)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 14-9-1 with Langurst on the team.
1939 Big Ten Title.

1940 Captain.

Earl Langhurst and his career in sports per

He was Willard's first high school state track champion, and in his junior year of football led the state in scoring with 130 points.

At The Ohio State University he was a three year football letterman. As a sophomore in 1938, he was Ohio State's MVP and led the Big Ten in scoring. He was a member of the 1939 Big Ten Championship Team and elected captain in 1940. 

He had a long and illustrious football officiating career highlighted by 12 years as a Big Ten Head Linesman and worked the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls. 

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and


Jackson was captain in 1997.
Jackson was captain in 1997.

Stanley Jackson, QB (1993-1997)
1975 (Paterson, NJ)
High School: Paterson Catholic

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 51-11-1 with Jackson on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1993 Defeated BYU 28-21 to win the Holiday Bowl.
1997 Defeated No. 4 Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.


1997 Captain.


Run Around running around.
Run Around running around.

Stanley "Run Around" Jackson is what my friends and I called him during his time with the Buckeyes. Had "Run Around" been at Ohio State a few years later I probably wouldn't have the hate for the No. 8 as I do now. In fact Jackson would have saved us from the next sad chapter in the story of No. 8 that you will read about next.

With John Cooper and Mike Jacobs implementing a dual-quarterback system it made the fans choose sides. Unfortunately for Jackson it was
clear to everyone watching the games, except Cooper, that Joe Germaine was the better quarterback.

Here is an excerpt from an article by Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune about Mike Jacobs and his use of two quarterbacks (MY THOUGHTS)

"If you have a kid at tailback who's having an off day, you have someone else to lean on," he said. "You do that at every other position. But if you do it at quarterback, everyone talks about it. The bottom line is it's a good situation for us." (NO, IT WAS NOT A GOOD SITUATION)

That's an easy sell. The ninth-ranked Buckeyes, who face No. 4 Florida State on Thursday in the Sugar Bowl, are 21-3 over the last two years. Jackson has started all but one game during that stretch (a 1996 loss to Michigan), with Germaine carrying the baton for the final laps.

Stanley being Stanley.
Stanley being Stanley.

Neither player likes the predicament. But neither can quibble with the results.

"I wouldn't want anyone to go through what we've been through," Jackson said. "No one likes to platoon. Everyone wants to be the hero."

Said Germaine: "It is very hard, but the most important thing is to win." (AFTER GERMAINE COMES IN TO SAVE THE DAY HE IS THE HERO)

It's well known that Jackson and Germaine have different styles on the field. Germaine is the classic drop-back passer with an accurate arm and the patience needed to find Ohio State's explosive receivers.

He ran for 339 yards if you don't count what he lost on sacks.

Germaine's passing numbers this season (a 64.7 percent completion rate, 1,674 yards and 15 touchdowns) were excellent--and significantly better than Jackson's, who completed 60 percent of his throws for 1,021 yards and eight touchdowns. But unlike Germaine, Jackson is a scrambler. He ran for 339 yards, if you don't include what he lost on sacks.

"Like the fans, we constantly evaluate them," Jacobs said. "We'll have different guys in the staff room throwing out positives and negatives, just like for tailbacks or offensive tackles."


Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, and Wikipedia



Steve Bellisari guided Ohio State to a 21-15 record from 1999-2001.
Steve Bellisari guided Ohio State to a 21-15 record from 1999-2001.

Steve Bellisari, QB (1998-2001)
1980 (Boca Raton, FL)
High School: Boca Raton

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 32-16 with Bellisari on the team.
The Buckeyes were 20-15 with Bellisari as the starter.
1998 Defeated No. 8 Texas A&M 24-14 to win the Sugar Bowl.

2000 Captain.
2001 Captain.

The three seasons that Bellisari was quarterback for the Buckeyes were hard for me to watch.

Every time he dropped back I would anticipate him throwing his patented punterception.

Bellisari continued to lower my expectations for anyone wearing the No. 8 on an Ohio State jersey.

I believe Bellisari's play on 3rd down coined the term punterception.
I believe Bellisari's play on 3rd down coined the term punterception.

After watching Run Around and Bellisari play for nine seasons I truly believed that the No. 8 should have been banned at Ohio State.

One good thing to come from Bellisari's reign of terror is that it brought Jim Tressel and the 2002 season to Ohio State.

My view of Bellisari reinforced by Wikipedia:

Bellisari, a special teams player and a defensive back his first year, replaced Joe Germaine as the Ohio State starting quarterback in 1999.

In contrast to the accurate Germaine, Bellisari is remembered for a tendency to throw interceptions...Bellisari experienced an increasingly controversial tenure as Ohio State's starting quarterback, culminating in a two-game suspension at the end of his senior season following an arrest for drunk driving.




He was re-instated to travel with the team to the Outback Bowl against South Carolina, where he finished his career as a substitute, leading Ohio State back from a large deficit to tie the game before giving up an interception that allowed South Carolina to kick a winning field goal.




Spence was named to the All-B1G Team in 2013.
Spence was named to the All-B1G Team in 2013. 

Noah Spence, DL (2012-Present)

High School: Bishop McDevitt (PA)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes are 24-2 with Spence on the team.
2012 Undefeated Season.
2012 B1G Ten Leaders Title.
24 Game winning streak.
2-0 against That Team.

2013 All-B1G.
2013 Academic All-B1G.

Spence's Ohio State career per

Ohio State Overview: Noah Spence is a fine football player ... this true junior has played in 24 games through his first two seasons and he has started 13 times ... he is coming off a first-team all-Big Ten Conference season and he ranks second among current Buckeyes with 15.5 career tackles-for-loss and with 9.0 quarterback sacks ... Spence also ranks fourth among current Ohio State players with 64 career tackles ... he is a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree who is majoring in communications.

Big things are expected of Spence and the defensive line this year.
Big things are expected of Spence and the defensive line this year.

2013 Season: Spence started 13 games for the Buckeyes at the defensive end position called the "viper" by Ohio State coaches (because the name is cool) ... he was named first-team all-Big Ten Conference (media) and second team by the coaches ... ranked second in the Big Ten in sacks with 8.0 and sixth in tackles-for-loss with 14.5 ... led the Buckeyes in sacks and sack yards (67) and also led in TFL yards (83) ... recorded 52 tackles on the season with two pass break-ups, four QB hurries, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery ... tied a career-best with six tackles vs. California and set personal bests in TFLs and sacks with three and two, respectively, vs. Penn State.


Expect a lot of this in 2014.
Expect a lot of this in 2014.

2012 Season: Noah played in 11 games as a true freshman, missing only the Nebraska game because of a minor injury ... despite a veteran defensive line corps in front of him, Spence was on the field for 256 plays and he gained valuable game reps with 237 plays on defense ... he totaled 12 tackles, including a quarterback sack for minus-20 yards in his initial game as a Buckeye, vs. Miami ... he also had a pass break-up.


No. 8 in the NFL Draft
Name Year Round Pick Position Team
Jim McDonald 1938 1 2 HB/FB Eagles
Jim Langhurst 1941 10 89 Back Dodgers
Scott Leach 1987 9 234 LB Saints
Bobby Olive 1991 11 300 WR Chiefs
Jeff Cothran 1994 3 66 RB Bengals
Steve Bellisari 2002 6 205 QB Rams
Drew Carter 2004 5 163 WR Panthers
Roy Hall 2007 5 169 WR Colts
DeVier Posey 2012 3 68 WR Texans

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide and Jason Priestas


The Game.

98 days until The Game.


Remy's picture

Let me know if there are any errors.

This image will keep opposing quarterbacks up at night:


"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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Rob Reese's picture

Bellisari continued to lower my expectations for anyone wearing the No. 8 on an Ohio State jersey.

I like how you slipped that in there almost unnoticed.  +1

This image will keep opposing quarterbacks up at night:

And gives us plenty of reason to remain pumped about 2014.

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Class of 2009

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BuckeyeGrownFloridaLiving's picture

Noah Spence is 24-2 while at OSU, not 24-12.

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Remy's picture

Thank you. Edited and fixed. My typist (NSFW) is going to hear from me later. You earned this:

Gold Star

"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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Habu71's picture

Although he played before the two men that caused you to want to forget the number, Bobby Olive made # 8 one to remember.

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Hovenaut's picture

I used to just think I drank a good deal in the mid to late 90's only because I was in college.

I think there may have been other reasons in play...

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

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BrewstersMillions's picture

Can't  help buy think of the biggest play a guy wearing number 8 made was against his own teammate. I may never forgive Roy Hall for tackling Ted Ginn.


Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would be more obvious.

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droessl's picture

Can we ban future QB's from wearing #8? Apparently it's cursed at the position. 

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daveyt11's picture

McDonald looks about 40 in that picture LOL

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Yoyoma's picture

I was in the same class as Shteve Bellishari.  Dude was a punk.  That made it that much harder to watch him leading the a-hole that didn't perform well at all.

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VintonCountyBuck's picture

Great read as always, Remy.

 I have loved all of these countdown articles so far.  I recently gave you a shout out in a forum post that I created.

Well done, Sir.  And thank you for helping an old Buckeye fan in passing the time until kickoff.

“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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Remy's picture

VCB, Thank you for the shout out. Casey Gerald's story is inspiring. Thank you for sharing it with us.

"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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NashBuckeye's picture

Please do great things this year, Noah! Maybe you can erase some memories of other #8s. I had forgotten about Roy Hall on Ted Ginn.

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