COUNTDOWN: 11 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

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August 19, 2013 at 11:02p
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 Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 41 players have worn the number 11.

Today's article will cover the careers of George Lynn, Antoine Winfield, Anthony Gonzalez and Jake Stoneburner.

Current Buckeyes wearing No. 11 are:

Adam Griffin (CB)*                                                         

*Adam's career is ended this year due to a medical hardship.

Reid Worstell (QB)

Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 11:
One Jim Thorpe Award winner.
One team MVP Award.
One Academic All-American.
Two All-American honors.
Two team Captains.
Three All-Big Ten selections.
Five Academic All-Big Ten honors.

Today's Trivia Questions:

Most of us know that Adam Griffin is Archie's son, who is Adam Griffin's uncle that played cornerback for Ohio State?

Keith Griifin is another uncle of Adam (brother of Archie) what southern school did Keith play running back for?

Answer at the bottom of the article.

 

George Lynn (QB) Captain
1941-1942

 

 "The 1942 Ohio State Buckeyes football team was led by WB Les Horvath and QB/Captain George Lynn. They were the first national title team in Ohio State football history. They were coached by Hall of Fame coach Paul Brown.

Because the Big Ten Conference did not let its teams participate in any bowl game except for the Rose Bowl, the Buckeyes were given the title by the Associated Press. The Buckeyes outscored their opponents by an average score of 34-11 by scoring a total 337 and 114 for opponents.

The Buckeyes only loss was to the Wisconsin Badgers in what many now refer to as "The Bad Water Game" where half of the Buckeye players contracted an intestinal disorder after drinking from an unsanitary drinking fountain on the train to Madison.

The Buckeyes were defeated by the Badgers who were led by Elroy "Crazy Legs" Hirsch. However, the Badgers had a loss and a tie giving Ohio State the Big Ten Championship.

Horvath then led the Bucks to three scores through the air to upset Michigan and win their first league championship in three years and their sixth in thirty years since joining the Western Conference in 1913.

Top ranked Boston College lost its season ending game, giving Ohio State their first consensus football National Championship.

Ohio State had been awarded a National Championship via the Dunkel System in 1933, with Michigan, Princeton and Southern California also being given titles by different ranking systems." source

 

 

Antoine Winfield (CB) All-American
1995-1998 Captain

Antoine Winfield is one of my favorite Ohio State players.

I loved the way he covered and especially the way he always came up and made the big tackle.

A big play and big hitter in a little body. One of the all-time greats.

The following is from the 2013 Ohio State Media Guide:
"Antoine Winfield, a team captain as a senior, was one of the all-time great cornerbacks
in Ohio State history. A two-time All-American, he was a consensus choice as a senior in
1998.

He was the first Buckeye to win the Thorpe Award as the nation’s outstanding defensive
back; the first non-linebacker (and only the fifth player total) to record at least 200 solo
tackles; the first defensive back in Ohio State history to be voted team MVP (following the
1997 season); and the first cornerback in recorded history to lead the team in tackles when
he did so in 1997.



A two-time all-Big Ten Conference selection, he closed his career with 278 tackles, including
224 solo stops, 22 tackles-for-loss, 29 pass breakups and three interceptions.

He played in four bowl games, including the 1996 Citrus Bowl when he came in as a true freshman
and recorded seven tackles. He played in 50 career games, starting 29 times.

As a senior in 1998, he was one of five finalists for the Football News Defensive Player of
the Year Award.

He was named first-team All-America by the Football Coaches Association,
Walter Camp, the Football Writers and the Football News and was named the Buckeyes’ Bill
Willis Defensive Player of the Year award winner and Jim Thorpe Award winner.

He totaled 75 tackles, including nine solo tackles in a win over Michigan to close the season.
As a junior, Winfield as voted by his teammates as the 1997 MVP after a season in
which he totaled 100 tackles, 12 pass break-ups and two interceptions.

He had 82 solo tackles, the fifth-highest solo tackle total in school history, and made the Football Writers
and Football News All-America teams.

He led the team in tackles five times, including a magnificent 10-tackle performance against Michigan and a career-high, 13-tackle effort
against Missouri.



This is the game program from The Game in 1998. I still have mine.

A first-round draft pick of the Buffalo Bills in 1999, the hard-hitting Winfield was a member
of the Minnesota Vikings from 2004 through 2012. This season he is with the Seattle
Seahawks.

 

Winfield Pro Highlights (6:51)

 

Anthony Gonzalez (WR)
2003-2006

High School

"Gonzalez attended St. Joseph grade school in Avon Lake, OH and then moved on to Saint Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a two sport standout in both football and track. In football, he was a two-way player. As a senior, he was a first team All-State honoree as well as the Associated Press and The Plain Dealer Co-Defensive Player of the Year, catching 71 passes for 1,873 yards and 21 touchdowns. His 26.4 yards per catch set a school record. In track, he lettered for four years and qualified for the state finals as a junior and senior. Gonzalez also played basketball as a freshman." source

Ohio State

"Gonzalez was a 3-year letterman at Ohio State University, playing with fellow future NFL wide receivers Santonio Holmes, Ted Ginn Jr and Roy Hall as well as Heisman Trophy Winner, quarterback Troy Smith." source

Gonzalez was named to the All-Big Ten team and selected as an Academic All-American in 2006. He made the Academic All-Big Ten Team in 2004, '05, and '06.

I will always remember Gonzalez as a That Team killer.

2005 The Game, The Catch:

Anthony Gonzalez also slept in a tent to improve his game.

This is one article about it.

 

Gonzalez was a first round pick of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2007 NFL Draft.

Jake Stoneburner (TE)
2009-2012


Today's Trivia Question:

Most of us know that Adam Griffin is Archie's son, who is Adam Griffin's uncle that played cornerback for Ohio State?

Answer: Ray Griffin

"Ray set up the winning touchdown in the 1975 Michigan-Ohio State rivalry game, by intercepting a Rick Leach pass with the score tied at 14-14.

Griffin returned the ball to inside the 10 yard line of Michigan, leading to fullback Pete Johnson's winning TD.

This winning score put the Buckeyes into the 1976 Rose Bowl." source

 

Keith Griifin is another uncle of Adam (brother of Archie) what southern school did Keith play running back for?

Answer: University of Miami

"Griffin was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated on January 9, 1984 for the story of the Hurricanes' dramatic victory over the #1 Ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers 31-30 in the January 1, 1984 Orange Bowl.

The 11-1-0 Hurricanes broke the Cornhuskers' 22-game win streak.[2] Keith is the younger brother to two-time Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin." source

Comments

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Winfield is one of the greatest tackling corners of all time.

buckskin's picture

Antoine Winfield, the most complete DB to ever play at Ohio State.  He is one of my favorite Buckeyes of all time.  

buckguyfan1's picture

Wow, the Keith Griffin thing was either something I completely forgot, or never knew.  Good stuff!  Winfield and Gonzo are a couple of my favorite Buckeyes. 

awarren84's picture

What about McNutt for Heisman!!

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

RedStorm45's picture

I'm confused...is this #9, 11, or 12?

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Two of my favs right there - Winfield and GONZO. 
And who can forget Stoney slamming the door last year on State Penn?

Class of 2010.

Knarcisi's picture

Tomorrow is going to be an August Heisman. 

TexasBuck11's picture

Wow, the thought never crossed my mind that teams used trains to get to away games. Makes total sense. Just never occurred to me. 

pjtobin's picture

Sure hands Gonzo. I can't remember him ever touching a ball and not catching it. He was quick, not fast. He ran his routes like a pro. He was super fun to watch. Thanks Remy. 

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