Remy's picture
August 20, 2013 at 11:27p

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 26 players have worn the number 10.

*Today's article will cover the careers of Carl Cramer, Rex Kern, Art Schlichter, Derek Isaman and Joe Cooper.

*Troy Smith will get his own article.

Current Buckeyes wearing No. 10 are:

Corey Brown (WR)                       

Ryan Shazier (LB)


Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 10:
One Heisman Winner.
Two National Champions.
Two Big Ten MVP honors.
Three Team MVP awards.
Three All-Americans.
Three Academic All-Big Ten honors.
Five All-Big Ten awards. 
Six seasons of Captains

Today's Trivia Questions:

Who is the only player to wear No. 10 to be a Buckeye Captain for two seasons?

Who does Woody Hayes have his arm on in the famous picture below?

Answers at the bottom of the article.

Carl Cramer (QB) All-American

Carl Cramer was named to both the All-American and All-Big Ten teams in 1931.

On October 17th of 1931* Cramer led the Buckeyes to a 20-7 win over That Team.

*The Game wasn't always the last game.

Here is an excerpt from The Lantern's coverage of The Game:
"Carl Cramer forgot his lack of confidence in himself long enough to make some beautiful runbacks of punts, one of them being for 46 yards for a touchdown. 

Cramer's play was one of the features of the game. 

After a mediocre performance in the Vanderbilt game Carl finally came through to direct his team in a first class fashion as well as do some beautiful running on his own part." source

Rex Kern (QB) All-American, Captain

Rex Kern came to Ohio State via Lancaster, Ohio. He was a key member of the "Super Sophs" of the 1968 season.

Kern was named MVP of the 1969 Rose Bowl.

The following is from this year's media guide:
"With Rex Kern at the helm, Ohio State rolled to a 27-2 record, won the 1968 national
championship, captured two Big Ten titles and played in two Rose Bowls.

To win the national championship, Kern led OSU to a 27-16 win over Southern California in the Rose Bowl.
He was named the game’s Most Outstanding Player.

Additionally, the Buckeyes narrowly missed out on the 1969 and ’70 wire service national championships, losing the final game in both
of those years after being ranked No. 1 going into their respective season finales.

In 1969,he was named an All-American. In 1970, he was elected team captain. Kern’s statistics, as
impressive as they were, tell just half the story.

The fiery redhead was an emotional leader who displayed a penchant for making big plays when most needed.

He was a winner in every sense of the word. Earning three degrees from Ohio State,
he played four seasons in the NFL.

He was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 1978 and the College
Football Hall of Fame in 2007." source

"In 2001 Kern created the Anne and Woody Hayes Endowment to prevent child abuse at Nationwide Children's Hospital." source


Art Schlichter (QB) Captain

The following is from Wikipedia:

"A native of Bloomingburg, Ohio, Schlichter was a star at Miami Trace High School, when his gambling habit began with a visit to Scioto Downs, a harness racing track near Columbus, Ohio.

It remained his favorite track over the years.

Schlichter was a four-year starter at The Ohio State University. He was the last starting quarterback for legendary Buckeyes coach Woody Hayes.

In fact, Schlichter threw the interception that lost the game and led to Hayes' assault on Clemson defensive guard Charlie Bauman in the 1978 Gator Bowl—an act that led to his firing the next day.

Schlichter finished in the top six of Heisman Trophy balloting during his last three years—fourth in his sophomore year, sixth as a junior and fifth in his senior year. He nearly led the Buckeyes to the national championship in 1979, and left the school as its career leader in total offense.

Schlichter finished his four years at OSU with 7,547 passing yards and 50 touchdown passes, with 46 interceptions. He also rushed for 1,303 yards and 35 touchdowns.

During his college career, he was frequently spotted at Scioto Downs with a big-time Ohio gambler. Although the Columbus, Ohio and OSU police departments became suspicious, the athletic department felt it lacked enough evidence to go to the NCAA about the matter.

On several occasions he was seen at the track with Hayes' successor as head coach, Earle Bruce, a fact which helped cover up early problems emerging while Schlichter was at Ohio State." source

The Gambler
"Over the years, Schlichter has, by his own count, committed more than 20 felonies. He gambled away much of his NFL, Arena League and radio salaries.

Whenever he ran low on money to support his gambling, he stole and conned it from friends and strangers, and frequently passed bad checks.

In a 2007 interview for ESPN's Outside the Lines, he estimated that he'd stolen $1.5 million over the years, if not more.

The habit eventually cost him his marriage; his wife left him in 1994 after FBI agents raided their home in Las Vegas in search of money he'd stolen. According to her, Schlichter gambled it away.

On February 9, 2011, reports emerged that Schlichter was under investigation for fraud.

Schlichter was charged with a first-degree felony in connection with the theft of more than $1 million on February 14, 2010.

On September 15, 2011 Schlichter was sentenced to 10 years in state prison for his involvement in a million-dollar ticket scam.

While under house arrest awaiting assignment to a state prison, Schlichter tested positive for cocaine while serving a house arrest sentence on federal charges resulting from the same case (and while still on probation from his Indiana sentence) on January 19, 2012.

As a result of the positive drug test, Schlicter was sentenced to 10 years, 7 months in federal prison (up from an original 8 years, 4 months sentence originally agreed to on the fraud case) to be served concurrently with the Ohio sentence, plus $2.2 million in restitution; the Indiana probation was canceled with the federal sentence." source


Derek Isaman (LB)

Derek Isaman was a captain of the 1989 Ohio State football team.

He was also a boxer. Isaman won the 1988 National Golden Gloves Heavyweight tournament.


Joe Cooper (LB) Captain

"For the 2000 season Cooper was named to the All-Big Ten squad and was a third team Associated Press All-American.

He was second on the team in tackles with 80 and was named co-Most Inspirational Player.

After the season Cooper and junior quarterback Steve Bellisari were chosen to represent the team on a committee that assisted Geiger in the search for a new head coach, eventually naming Jim Tressel to the position." source


Today's Trivia Questions:

Who is the only player to wear No. 10 to be a Buckeye Captain for two seasons?

Answer: Joe Cooper was a captain in 2000 and 2001.

Who does Woody Hayes have his arm on in the famous picture below?

Answer: Rex Kern



Baroclinicity's picture

Put Joe Cooper on the list of underrated Buckeyes as well!
Great job Remy!
Single digits cometh...

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

Idaho Helga's picture

I remember Joe Cooper as one of the mostly unsung heros. 

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Excellent article Remy!  Well done!!
Go Bucks!!

pjtobin's picture

The information about Art is very sad. I have heard that gambling is addictive and can create problems. Though I would have never have thought it would be that serious. Poor guy. And poor ppl he scammed. Thank you again for doing this Remy. 

Bury me in my away jersey, with my buckeye blanket. A diehard who died young. Rip dad. 

Idaho Helga's picture

No sympathy for Art.  Art was an asshole, is an asshole.  I worked for at Papa Joe's (illegally, by today's standards as I was underaged) for more than five years and occasionally the Campus location (which was unpopular to work at, the patrons were rowdy).  I am related to the ownership (but Don & Jerry Parker are gone now, sad).   Art would show up at the bar, sit at the bar, and tell women "do you know who I am?" to take them home.  The bouncers & bartenders except a few of course, couldn't stand the guy.   But all were always nice to him because of who he was.
Also, I graduated the same high school year as Art and shared a Comm 100 class with him at tOSU.  He was a communications major.   He showed up for the midterm and final.  That's it.
I don't care how many records he holds.  I can't wait for each and every one of them to be broken.  He, from my understanding, either cost his daddy his farm or damn near did and is a liar and swindler of the elderly and particularly, women. 
Rot in jail, Art.