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.