Remy's picture
August 13, 2013 at 10:32p

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 38 players have worn the number 17.

The number 17 has not been worn by many players to have outstanding careers by Ohio State standards.

However, two players wore 17 as freshmen before making their Buckeye marks donning different digits (today's trivia questions).

Two freshmen on this year's roster hope to change the fortune of 17:

Jalin Marshall WR (Middletown)

Lose that stripe young man.                  Jalin wanted to be a Buckeye from a young age.

Devonte Butler CB (Eastmoor Academy)


Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing No. 17:
One All-Big Ten selection.
One team captain.
Six Academic All-Big Ten Team selections (four by one player).

Today's Trivia Questions:
What future All-Big Ten receiver, and 2006 first round draft pick, played his freshman year wearing the number 17?

Can you name the former linebacker who wore No. 17 his red-shirt Freshman season (2004), but switched to No. 1 and earned All-Academic Big Ten honors form 2005-2008?

Answers at the bottom of the article.


Todd Boeckman (QB)

Todd Boeckman was named to the 2007 All-Big Ten Team and was a captain of the 2008 football season.

"Boeckman was recruited in 2002, but redshirted and grey-shirted, extending his stay with Ohio State for two more seasons.

After Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith graduated after the 2006 season, Boeckman beat out fellow quarterbacks Rob Schoenhoft and Antonio Henton for the starting job.

In 2007, he passed for 2,375 yards and 25 touchdowns and was named first team Big Ten. He also led the Buckeyes to the BCS National Championship Game on January 7, 2008. He threw for 208 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions as the Buckeyes fell to Louisiana State 38-24.

Boeckman entered the 2008 season as a 6th year Senior. He was named the starter for the 2008 season, however after losing 35 to 3 in the 2008 USC game, he lost the starting job to Terrelle Pryor.

In the 2009 Fiesta Bowl against the University of Texas, Boeckman threw a touchdown pass to Terrelle Pryor." source

Passing the torch...Pryor and the Buckeyes never looked back.

Boeckman versus the That Team in 2008.

Ben Buchanan (P)

Buchanan was named four times to the Academic All-Big Ten Team.

He also had four punts blocked during his career. That number ranks him second on the all-time list for blocked punts at Ohio State.

Vic Janowicz had five blocked in his career, but four of the five came in the 1950 Snow Bowl against That Team.

"Four-year letterman Ben Buchanan finished his Ohio State career ranked fourth all-time in school history in punts (177) and yards (7,286), and his 41.2 career average ranks eighth in school history.

Career totals also include 58 punts downed inside the 20 and 68 fair caught. He punted in 39 games and had a single-game best average of 50.0 vs. Indiana in 2010." source


This blocked punt could have de-railed the perfect season last year. Thank goodness for Shazier and Miller:


Today's Trivia Questions:
What future All-Big Ten receiver and 2006 first round draft pick played his freshman year wearing the number 17?

Answer: Santonio Holmes. Holmes switched to No. 4 after his freshman year. There will be on Santonio in 13 days.


Can you name the linebacker who started his career wearing No. 17 his red shirt Freshman season (2004), but switched to No. 1 and earned All-Academic Big Ten honors form 2005-2008?

Answer: Marcus Freeman.

Ryan Shazier reminds me of Marcus Freeman.
Both in their style of play and their appearance.



unholy bucknut's picture

Wow those two could be brothers lol never would have known. Hey I think you cheated there is still 18 days left... I wont tell.

Remy's picture

You caught me, guilty as charged.

With my family, two-a-days, and getting ready for the school year I have to do these the night before.

"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

ohiowhitesnake's picture

Remy pulling a late nighter to get this up! Love the dedication from the users on this site!

Urban Nation Army's picture

Yeah I'm sorry but that pic is not Devonte Butler who I know in a small degree.
 this is him
+1 regardless
the pic looks like Chris Fields

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

Remy's picture

Urban Nation Army,
Thank you for the help.
Edited and fixed.
Unfortunately, Yahoo Images showed the previous picture as being Devonte Butler.
Again, thanks I appreciate it.
Up-vote for you.

"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

pjtobin's picture

Thank you Remy. How could my brain forget Boeckman? I totally forgot everything about him. Wow! 

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

Hovenaut's picture

Another nice installment Remy.

That pic of Buchanan is classic....doesn't look like he'll get much hang time on that helmet.

God bless him, but he sure scared the hell out me.

To quote my main man Forrest...."Life is like a Ben Buchanan punt....."

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

buckskin's picture

Too bad Boeckman didn't have an O-line that could protect him; he could have had a hell of a senior year.  He caught too much of the flack in that USC game.

Haybucks's picture

Todd needed a healthy Beanie too.  He was blessed one year and jinxed the next.  What a ride!

If the world comes to an end, I want to be in Cincinnati. Everything comes there ten years later. -  Mark Twain


TMac's picture

Here's to hoping Jalin becomes the best Buckeye to wear the #17

ONE Not Done!

Urban Nation Army's picture

I love the thought, but I'd be pretty surprised if he doesn't switch to 7 next year

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

BierStube's picture

That is a crazy stat about Vic Janowicz.  4 of his 5 career blocks came in one game.  "The Game" ... what more needs to be said!

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

jthiel09's picture

There is a lot of knowledge in these posts that I try to retain now on a daily basis while I patiently wait for 8/31/13 ... I can almost smell the sweet smells of the Shoe on Gameday morning. 


TheShookster's picture

Todd Boeckman is one of my favorite OSU players of all time. He was (and probably still is) the definition of a class act. I agree with Buckskin, Boeckman's offensive line was a step above thin air. How many QB's lead their team to a national title appearance and then humbly allow a freshman (I don't care how highly touted) to take the reins? 
The thought of a pocket passing QB not only surviving, but leading a team to a national title behind a Bollman Line is hilarious, but Todd did it.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Ben Bauchanan is from my home town. Westerville pride

Poison nuts's picture

Go Westerville!

"Do not pass me, just slow down - I can move right through you" Superchunk - Precision Auto.

RedStorm45's picture

Buchanan played until 2012, not 2010.