Remy's picture
August 15, 2013 at 12:21a

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 34 players have worn the number 16.

The number 16 has been worn by three captains and a player who was the quarterback on a National Championship team.

Current Buckeyes wearing No. 16 are two freshmen:

J.T. Barrett (QB) Wichita Falls, Texas

Cam Burrows (DB) Trotwood Madison


Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing No. 16:
One National Championship quarterback.
One Academic All-American Player of the Year.
Two team MVPs.
Three team captains.
Seven Academic All-Big Ten Team selections (four by one player).

Today's Trivia Questions:
What current Ohio State receiver started his career wearing No. 16? Hint: He switched to number 6 for this season.

Can you name the quarterback who was suspended for The Game in 2001 giving Craig Krenzel his first career start?

Answers at the bottom of the article.


Michael Kabealo (QB)

Kabealo came to Ohio State via Youngstown, Ohio. He was named a captain for the 1938 season. The Buckeyes finished with a 4-3-1 record in 1938.

Mike Kabealo played in the 1938 Blue Gray All-Star Game and was a running back for the 1944 Cleveland Rams. 


Jim Karsatos (QB)

As a kid the two things stood out to me about Jim Karsatos.

The first was he didn't look like a quarterback. The second was his crazy hair.

Perhaps it was his crazy hair that made me believe he wasn't a quarterback, but his career accomplishments prove otherwise. 

Jim Karsatos compiled a 22-6 record as the starting quarterback at Ohio State.

In 1985 Karsatos completed a school record 12 consecutive passes in a 12-7 loss to Wisconsin.

He ranks 6th in school history with 36 touchdown passes and 8th with 5,089 career passing yards.

In 1985 Karsatos was named the team MVP after he threw for 2,311 yards and 19 touchdowns.

Jim Karsatos was voted a team captain for the 1986 season.

Ohio State finished 10-3 that season with a 28-12 Cotton Bowl victory over Texas A&M in Karsatos' and Earle Bruce's last game with the Buckeyes.

Karsatos was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the 12th round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

An article in the Los Angeles Times about Jim Karsatos that ran in June of 1985.

Earle Bruce being carried off at the end of the 1987 Game.


Craig Krenzel (QB)

"Krenzel played in college for the Ohio State Buckeyes. After quarterback Steve Bellisari was suspended from play due to an alcohol-related police charge late in the 2001 season, Krenzel earned the starting position against Michigan and led the Buckeyes to their first win in Ann Arbor since 1987.

In 2001 Krenzel was smart enough to give the ball to Jonathon Wells...often.

His most successful years were 2002, when he led Ohio State to the national championship. Krenzel's overall record with Ohio State is 24-3 as a starter.

Krenzel graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in molecular genetics and a GPA of 3.75. 

He was named a First-Team Academic All-American and Academic All-American of the Year, and received four Academic All-Big Ten awards,
the Today's Top VIII Award, a National Football Foundation Hall of Fame post-graduate scholarship, Sporting News' Socrates Award, and the Draddy Trophy." source

Krenzel is currently ranked 9th in Ohio State history with 4,493 yards passing.

He threw four touchdowns in a game twice in his career (NC State '03 and Kansas State '04).

Some highlights of Krenzel and the 2002 season:


Illinois almost ruined the 2002 season, but Krenzel wouldn't let it happen:

Holy Buckeye:

I think everyone remembers where they were when they watched this.


After The Game in 2002. I'm somewhere in the sea of scarlet and gray.

National Championship Highlights:


The other pass interference:

If this is called properly there's a good chance Ohio State wins in regulation.*
*However, I'm happy with the end result.


Today's Trivia Questions:
What current Ohio State receiver started his career wearing No. 16? Hint: He switched to 6 for this season.

Answer: Evan Spencer.

Can you name the quarterback who was suspended for The Game in 2001 giving Craig Krenzel his first career start?

Answer: Steve Bellisari.

What if he doesn't get suspended? Does Ohio State win in 2001? Does the 2002 Championship happen?

Steve, thanks for getting drunk and allowing 2001 and 2002 to transpire.


Urban Nation Army's picture

I think both of those two current players could definitely become stars. Excellent, as usual.

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

Hovenaut's picture

Nice work Remy...was looking forward to this one, plenty of good stuff here.

I would like to note...not to nit-pick...but Earle Bruce's last game at Ohio State was the '87 win over TSUN in AA (which you have the YouTube clip of him being carried off), not the Cotton Bowl (after the 1986 season).

The '87 squad declined an invite to the Sun Bowl in lieu of Bruce's firing.

I had some pissed off uncles and cousins about Earle being shown the door, in favor of some guy from Arizona State. Though Coop managed to beat TSUN with the Sun Devils in the '87 Rose Bowl....figure that one out.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Remy's picture

Thanks for the help. Edited and fixed.
I was eleven when Bruce was carried off the field in his suit in 1987. That image has always stuck with me.
Because of the coverage surrounding that Game I have always incorrectly associated it with the Cotton Bowl win.

"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

Hovenaut's picture

No problem.

I was 15, and a few years moved from Ohio but uncles and cousins back home always kept me posted. Pretty much their consensus that although the Cotton Bowl victory was a good win, it didn't hold a candle to the sendoff Earle fittingly received in AA later that year.

Appreciate your efforts, and keep up the great work....I think I can speak for a few of us here in saying The Countdown sure helps with the countdown.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Oyster's picture

Cooper, much like Rich Rod, didn't understand the rivalry.  He won the bowl game because it was simply that, a bowl game.  As much as I like and respect Cooper, I will admit there was no great love for him while he was coaching, due to the last 2 games of every season.

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

Hovenaut's picture

Agreed....the HBO doc even noted Cooper quoted as saying the rivalry was just another game.

Even still, I never understood why those teams just could not get it done in come late November/the bowl season.

But that was then....

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Oyster's picture

He was a great recruiter but wasn't a great game day coach, especially at half time.

FitzBuck is clearly the winner.  Not even close.

brylee's picture

Also thanks for posting the fact, that had the ref's got that call right, the Buckeyes would have most likely wrapped up the NC in regulation.  I had forgotten that.

buckguyfan1's picture

Sweet 16 Baby, I can smell kick-off!

buckeye56's picture

I've wondered that before about the Bellisari suspension, just like I've wondered if Justin Zwick doesn't get hurt at Iowa in 2004, does Troy Smith transfer at the end of the season.

BierStube's picture

Another Great Job Remy, I remember the '87 game vividly.  Traveled to AA for that one, it was a bitter sweet moment for sure.
On another note as this countdown continues, I have this vision in my mind that at some point we will have to do some sort of a "12 days of Christmas" tune with the heading "12 days till the Chase" ... I am sure someone with way more wordsmithing and musical talent (than myself) can chime in here.

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

buckeyeEddie27's picture

You outdid yourself on this one Remy.  Great work!

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

mtharp's picture

Circle K is the man and always will be!

mtharp's picture

also the fact that his wife has been pregnant since 2002 is an impressive stat of its own.

Idaho Helga's picture

Was listening to him with Common Man and the molecular genetics major finally figured out what caused that and got himself "fixed".

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Craig of my all-time favorite Buckeyes.  Tough, smart, composed, always seemed to come up with the big play when it was needed.  You can say Troy, TP, Brax, were all more talented, but none of those guys can say they've QB'd a national champion.  Well, Brax can't say that YET ;)
I remember Evan Spencer's one-handed catch in 2011 only because Chris Spielman would end up comparing OSU to a Star Wars movie...haha

Class of 2010.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great job Remy!  I will always love Craig Krenzel and that 2002 team!!Go Bucks!!

unholy bucknut's picture

Best one of the countdown so far.

pjtobin's picture

I can't believe Craig never went anywhere in the nfl. He was a very smart and gifted qb. I do love his John Deere commercials though. 

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