Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 35 players have worn the number 12.
Today's article will cover the careers of Fred Bruney, Tim Fox, Michael Guess, Garcia Lane Michael Jenkins and Dane Sanzenbacher.
Current Buckeyes wearing No. 12 are:
Doran Grant (CB) Jr. Cardale Jones (QB) Fr.
Fred Bruney (HB) Captain
Today's Trivia Question:
What quarterback, who wore No. 12, is last alphabetically on Ohio State's all-time list of players? Hint: He also wore number 2 and 9.
Answer at the bottom of the article.
Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 12:
One Jim Thorpe Award winner.
Three Team MVP awards.
Four Academic All-Big Ten Team selections.
Six All-Big Ten Team selections.
Fred Bruney (HB) Captain, Team MVP
"Bruney played halfback on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball for the Ohio State University Buckeyes from 1950 to 1952.
He scored six touchdowns for the Buckeyes in the 1952 season, but he was known primarily for his defensive play. He had 17 career interceptions, which remains second in the Ohio State record book.
Bruney was drafted in the third round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He ultimately played in the National Football League for the San Francisco 49ers, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Los Angeles Rams.
In 1960 he joined the Boston Patriots of the upstart American Football League. He played there for three seasons and was a two-time AFL All-Star selection.
NFL Coaching Career
Bruney was appointed the interim head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles for the last game of the 1985 NFL season after former coach Marion Campbell was let go with one game remaining in the season.
That game was a 37-35 win over the Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles' 37 points in Week 16 was the most they had scored in a game in over 4 years. Bruney was replaced by Buddy Ryan for the 1986 season.
Bruney served as an assistant coach throughout his long NFL career with the Eagles, Falcons, Buccaneers, Giants and Colts. He retired from the NFL after the 1997 season, at the time he held the longest tenure as a player and coach in Pro Football." source
Tim Fox (S) Captain
- 1975 Captain
- 1975 All American
- 1975 All-Big Ten
- 1975 Academic All-Big Ten
The following is an excerpt from Tom Levenick of Buckeye Grove:
"As a high school senior at Canton Glenwood high school, Fox was not heavily recruited.
He had a knee injury his senior year as well as a ruptured kidney that kept him out of six games his senior year and most schools that were recruiting him were either Division-II schools or schools like Kent State and other MAC schools.
That was until Tim's girlfriend introduced him to Harry Meyer, who was personal friends with Woody Hayes. Tim accepted the last scholarship offer of the Buckeyes' 1972 recruiting class.
I am one to believe that Tim Fox was one of the greatest safeties to ever play for the Buckeyes.
He played in four Rose Bowls and was actually one of only two players to ever start in four Rose Bowls. The other was none other than Archie Griffin.
Fox was a two-time All American and was drafted in the first round by the New England Patriots. He played 14 years in the NFL for the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams." source
"The Fox family lineage has produced football talent in later generations with two nephews playing Big Ten football.
Derek played safety for Penn State from 1996 through 1999 and Dustin played cornerback for the Buckeyes from 2000 to 2004.
Dustin Fox originally committed to Ohio State, but when John Cooper was fired Joe Paterno convinced Dustin to change his commitment to Penn State over the telephone. Jim Tressel was a relative unknown on the big stage at the time.
Tim would have no part of it. He called Dustin and convinced him to visit Ohio State with him and his daughter Haley, who was a current Ohio State student and field hockey player. Dustin reconfirmed his intent to attend OSU and went on to play four years for the Buckeyes. He was a starter and team captain of the 2002 National Championship team and like his uncle, played for three teams in the NFL." source
Mike Guess (CB) Captain
There is not much on Mike Guess. I find that surprising considering he earned All-Big Ten honors in 1977, '78 and '79.
Guess was also a captain on the 1979 team that went undefeated in the regular season.
"Overlooked for All American honors, he started four years and was named All Big Ten three times. Helped the 1979 squad to an undefeated regular season." source
After his playing days at Ohio State he played one season for the BC Lions of the CFL.
**This is one of the photos that pop-up when you search "Mike Guess Ohio State".
I don't know if this is him and I don't know the story is behind the picture.
Hopefully it is not him. If it is, I hope it was nothing serious.
Garcia Lane (CB) Captain
"Longtime Ohio State fans are certain to remember the thrills that Garcia Lane, number 12, provided as a punt returner and a three-year starter at defensive back.
Lane was an All-Big Ten performer at cornerback in his senior year and he was selected as a Buckeye captain by his teammates." source
Garcia Lane is third all-time at OSU with 895 punt return yards.
Michael Jenkins (WR) Captain, Team MVP
Michael Jenkins came to Ohio State via Tampa, Florida.
"Jenkins became a three-year starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes, starting 38 of his final 39 games, caught 165 passes for 2,898 yards with a 17.6 avg. and 16 touchdowns in his career.
He finished career with at least one reception in 38 consecutive games and helped the Buckeyes capture 2002 BCS National Championship at the 2003 Fiesta Bowl.
His 2,898 yards rank eighth on the Big Ten Conference career-record list, while also topping the previous school all-time record of 2,855 by David Boston.
Jenkins earned All-Big Ten Conference honorable mention as a senior after leading the team with 55 receptions for 834 yards with a 15.2 avg and 7 touchdowns while adding 178 yards and a touchdown on 20 punt returns.
He was also an All-Big Ten Conference second-team choice as a junior after leading the team with a career-high 61 receptions for 1,076 yards (17.6 avg.) and 6 touchdowns.
During the 2002 Ohio State championship season, Jenkins made one of the biggest and most memorable catches in Buckeye history, the "Holy Buckeye" play at Purdue." source
Holy Buckeye (0:31)
Punt Return against Iowa (0:29)
Jenkins played in the NFL from 2004 until the New England Patriots released him on August 15th 2013.
Dane Sanzenbacher (WR) Captain
Sanzenbacher was the Buckeye's second leading receiver for the year. He grabbed 36 receptions for 570 yards and 6 touchdowns.
He had a career long 76-yard reception. When the Buckeyes played his hometown team, the Toledo Rockets, Dane had a career game with 5 receptions going for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns.
Sanzenbacher finished his senior season as the Buckeyes leading receiver. He led all Buckeyes with 55 receptions, 948 receiving yards, and 11 receiving touchdowns.
In week 4, Sanzenbacher had a break-out game with four receiving touchdowns against Eastern Michigan, tying the OSU record for most receiving touchdowns in a game.
Sanzenbacher earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. At the team banquet, Sanzenbacher was voted as the team’s most valuable player as well as the Bo Rein Award winner as the team’s most inspirational player.
Coach Jim Tressel revealed that, for the first time he could recall, one player won both of the team’s top awards and won them by a landslide." source
Sanzenbacher played his first two seasons with the Chicago Bears. Jon and Jay Gruden's liking, he is currently a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.
Dane Sanzenbacher Highlights (3:24)
Today's Trivia Question:
What quarterback, who wore No. 12, is last alphabetically on Ohio State's all-time list of players? Hint: He also wore number 2 and 9 early in his career.
Answer: Justin Zwick