COUNTDOWN: 15 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Remy's picture
August 15, 2013 at 11:48p
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Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 32 players have worn the number 15.

The number 15 has been worn by three captains and a quarterback who was on a Super Bowl winning team.

Current Buckeyes wearing No. 15 are two freshmen:

Ezekiel Elliot (RB)
St. Louis, MO

 

Luke Morgan
Lebanon, OH

 

Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing No. 15:
One All-Big Ten member.
One Academic All-American.
Three team captains.
Four Academic All-Big Ten Team selections (two by one player).
 

Today's Trivia Question:
Luke Morgan (pictured above) is an invited walk-on for this year's team. What position does he play? 

Answer at the bottom of the article.

 

John Fill (HB)
1964-1966 (Captain '66)

"John M. Fill: John has always been an athlete. He played football at the Ohio State University under Coach Woody Hayes from 1964 to 1966; he was co-captain of the 1966 team.

After college, John became a physical education teacher. His first experience with tennis came in 1973 when he was hired as the boys' junior varsity tennis coach at Westerville South High School. At that time, he had no experience in tennis. But as a coach, John tried to apply many things he learned from Woody to tennis.

He became the boys' head coach in 1976 and the girls' head coach in 1993. John still coaches the boys' team.

Throughout the years John has developed into a good tennis player. He was ranked in the top 35 in the Columbus Grand Prix Circuit. He has won USTA tournaments in the Ohio Valley. He has worked hard to improve his tennis knowledge by attending numerous tennis clinics in Ohio and Michigan. John acquired his USPTA certification and is currently at the Professional 2 Level." source

 

Mike Tomczak (QB)
1981-1984 (Captain '84)

Mike Tomczak is the Ohio State quarterback of my early youth. He is the first Ohio State quarterback I knew by name.

He was 23-8 as Ohio State's starting quarterback and threw for 5,569 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Tomczak was guided the Buckeyes to two Big Ten championships and one Rose Bowl game.

I was disappointed when the 1982 team was co-Big Ten champions, but did not get the Rose Bowl berth.

Fortunately Tomczak, Tim Spencer (Devin's dad) and the rest of the Buckeyes took their frustrations out on BYU.

1982 Holiday Bowl (10:03)

 

Tomczak's by the numbers:

  • He threw four touchdowns against Oregon 1983.
  • Tomczak ranks 7th all-time with 5,569 career passing yards.
  • His 36 career interceptions is the third most in Ohio State history
  • Tomczak tied a team best 12 consecutive passes over a two-game span in 1983.
  • Led Ohio State in passing yards in 1982, 1983 and 1984.
  • Was a member of the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX. 

Ohio State and Tomczak in the 1984 Fiesta Bowl (8:35)

Was this the start of Mark May's Ohio State hate?

NFL Career:
"Among Tomczak's NFL career highlights, he won his first 10 starts at quarterback, all with Chicago, which set an NFL Record (breaking the mark set by former Pittsburgh Steeler Mike Kruczek). The mark was eventually topped by current Steeler QB Ben Roethlisberger.

In 1988, Tomczak was the starting QB for Chicago in the infamous "Fog Bowl" playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, guiding the Bears to a victory that put them in the National Football Conference championship.

Tomczak started the last 15 games of the regular season, plus two playoff games, for Pittsburgh in 1996. The Steelers won 11 of those games, losing in the playoffs to eventual American Football Conference champions, the New England Patriots.

In his final regular season game, Pittsburgh lost a shoot-out against the Tennessee Titans 47-36, the highest scoring game in the history of Three Rivers Stadium. Tomczak passed for 309 yards and 2 touchdowns in his final game." source

NFL Numbers:
From 1985-2000 Tomczak was a member of the Chicago Bears, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions.

He passed for 16,079 yards, 88 touchdowns and 106 interceptions during his NFL career.

 

 

Greg Frey (QB)
1987-1990 (Captain 1990)

Greg Frey finished his Ohio State career with a 19-14-2 record.

He threw for 6,316 yards (third all-time at OSU), 37 touchdowns (5th) and 39 interceptions (2nd). 

"As a three-year starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, he is best remembered for leading the team to two remarkable come-from-behind wins.

On September 24, 1988, he rallied Ohio State from a 33–20 deficit in the final four minutes to a 36–33 victory over the ninth-ranked LSU Tigers.

On October 28, 1989, the Buckeyes were losing 31–0 to the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Frey brought the team back for a 41–37 win, throwing a total of 362 yards.

 

Frey later spent a three-year stint as the offensive coordinator for Pickerington High School.

He currently offers private coaching services for high school quarterbacks. His best-known client was Denver Broncos quarterback Brady Quinn.

An accomplished color analyst, Frey broadcast Fox Sports coverage of the AFL's Columbus Destroyers and now calls high school football games on the SportsTime Ohio television network." source

 

Dee Miller (WR)
1994-1998

Dee Miller ranks seventh on Ohio State's receiving list with 2,090 yards career yards and 132 receptions.

In 1997 he had the fifth most yards ever for a Buckeye receiver in a season, 981.

Against West Virginia, in Morgantown, Miller had 110 yards receiving and a touchdown in Ohio State's 34-17 victory (2:00).

 

Making a nice touchdown catch against That Team in 1998 (0:15), Ohio State won 31-16.

 

An interesting read from a Buckeye Planet thread about Dee Miller's post footall career.

 

Recent Buckeyes to wear No. 15:


Scott McMullen 1999-2003

 


A.J. Trapasso 2004-2008

"In 2006, Trapasso was awarded the Mosi Tatupu Award for best Special Teams Player in 2006.

He finished his college career totaling 203 punt attempt for 8,317 yards in 51 games, 27 kickoffs with 10 touchbacks." source

 

Today's Trivia Question:
Luke Morgan (pictured above) is an invited walk-on for this year's team. What position does he play?

Answer: Quarterback

 

Comments

Remy's picture

I forgot to include this.
Devin Smith wore No. 15 last season and did this:


 

"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

Remy's picture

Smith will wear No. 9 this season.
Urban Meyer said the Michigan State game was the turning point of last season.
I wonder how this play ranks in importance?
 

"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

Baroclinicity's picture

AJ Trapasso also scored a TD on a fake punt in a preseason game for the Tennessee Titans.

Good job Remy!

Remy's picture

Devin did this to Bert and Wisconsin in 2011 while wearing 15:

 

"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

cswig's picture

Remember when A.J. hit the scoreboard in the new Cowboys Stadium?

mtharp's picture

That catch Devin had last year was sick.  But I do like the fact he is going to the #9.  Hartline was one of my favorite buckeyes back a few years ago.

BierStube's picture

Another great countdown Remy ... keep'em coming!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Also don't forget Frey to Olive with like a second to go to beat Iowa in 1990.

Class of 2010.

BierStube's picture

A Bart Bielema Iowa team none-the-less!

"No matter where you go, there you are." B. Banzai

YTOWNBUCKI's picture

I completely forgot about Dee Miller!

Knarcisi's picture

Fans today need to thank Uncle Dee !

BuckeyeBoyer85's picture

Little typo: Evan Spencer not Devin.

Wayne Woodrow Hayes