COUNTDOWN: 18 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Remy's picture
August 12, 2013 at 11:13p
17 Comments

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 37 players have worn the number 18.

Of the 37 players to wear No. 18, none have come close to the career that Melre Wendt experienced.

Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing No. 18:
One Academic All-American.
Two team captains.
Four All-American honors (three by one player).
Five Academic All-Big Ten Team members.
Six All-Big Ten Team selections (three by one player).

Today's Trivia Questions:
Jim Otis* was a backup on the 2002 National Championship team, what position did Otis play?

Can you name one of the two members on the 2013 roster who wear number 13?

Answers at the bottom of the article.

 

Merle Wendt (E)
1934-1937


Wendt's Ohio State's teams outscored That Team 93-0 in three contests.
He was a three-time All-American.


"Wendt was a native of Middletown, Ohio.

Wendt was a starter for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1934 to 1936 and was captain of the 1936 team.

Wendt was five feet eleven inches tall, and weighed 190 pounds. He was described as "A great pass catcher, hard tackler and tops in defense."

Upon his selection as captain, one Ohio newspaper wrote: "A superb defensive man, the 188 pound flanker teamed with Gomer Jones, Cleveland, whom he succeeds at the Ohio helm, in leading the charge of the forward wall of Francis Schmidt's eleven."

Wendt was selected as an All-Western Conference end as a sophomore in 1934. He was also selected as a first-team All-American in 1934 by the International News Service—the Hearst newspapers wire service.

In 1935, Wendt was selected as a first-team All-American by Liberty Magazine and the Newspaper Editors Association.

Wendt became a popular figure through the state of Ohio, with newspapers covering the details of his personal life, including his interest in "nature study" and his love of Mexican food:

Wendt played on Ohio State teams that defeated the Michigan Wolverines three straight years by a combined score of 93-0.

In 1936, Wendt was asked about his greates thrill: "After no undue amount of deliberation Merle decided that his greatest thrill was the time he caught the winning touchdown pass against Michigan in 1934."

Wendt had offers to play professional football from seven NFL teams, but opted instead to pursue a career in chemical engineering.

He married his wife, June Stone, six days after receiving his degree in chemical engineering. For many years, Wendt was the director of chemical engineering for Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. in Akron, Ohio." source

Erle Wendt passed away in 2000.

 

Donald Clark (RB)
1956-1958

Clark was All-Big Ten in 1957 and 1958.

 

"Clark played his college football with the powerhouse Ohio State Buckeyes. Playing from 1956 to 1958, he was integral part of their 1958 Rose Bowl victory and national championship.

An All-American, he was drafted in the first round by the Chicago Bears, even though he was injured.

Canada was Clark preferred destination, and he signed with the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1959.

After rushing for 343 yards, he couldn't agree on contract terms with Ottawa, and was traded to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, who promptly dealt him to the Montreal Alouettes.

Clark retired in 1964, only 27 years old, due to knee, rib and kidney injuries." source

Video of 1958 Rose Bowl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOhcNjyiPiI
Spoiler Alert, Ohio State defeats Oregon (Webfoots?) in yet another Rose Bowl.

 

Andy Groom (P)
1999-2002

Andy Groom came to Ohio State via Bishop Hartley in Columbus.

Groom finished his Buckeye career with the highest punting average (45.0 yards per punt) in school history.

He was named to the 2002 All-American and All-Big Ten Teams.

He totaled 2,697 punting yards which ranks him sixth on the all-time list.

Groom punted for Ohio State during the 2001 and 2002 (NC) seasons.

 

Captains who wore No. 18:
Merle Wendt- 1936
Gregory Hare- 1973 *

*Hare caused Woody Hayes to throw his headgear in the Rose Bowl. Watch the sideline:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikgWJi_9XBw
 

Academic All-Big Ten members who wore No. 18:
Andy Groom- 2001, 2002
Jim Otis- 2002, 2003
David Lisko- 2007

 

Today's Trivia Questions:
Jim Otis** was a backup on the 2002 National Championship team, what position did Otis play?

Answer: Quarterback

Can you name one of the two members on the 2013 roster who wear number 13?

Answer: Kato Mitchell and Najee Murray

Kato Mitchell         Najee Murray

 

**The other Jim Otis was an All-American fullback who wore No. 35 from 1967-1969.

Comments

pjtobin's picture

I remember Groom being a major factor during our nc year. He could have easily had 500-600 more yards had Nugent hadn't kicked so many fg. 

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

BierStube's picture

Great stuff, it has probably been suggested but you, AV, and Barco should publish these in some way shape or form!

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

Unky Buck's picture

You were correct. It has been suggested. It would be a fantastic idea and a great history of the numbers for those who have donned an OSU uniform.

...

Remy's picture

Perhaps the book title could be "Ohio State, by the Numbers".

"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

AndyVance's picture

That's not a bad idea at all; I've got two titles in mind from the previous discussion. I need to find a literary agent and get started, because I've still got at least one book to write from my day job. #writerproblems?

BierStube's picture

Sorry UNKY ... FAT fingers, two glasses of fine whiskey, an outstanding cigar, and a Damn I pad don't mix ... 
Can someone catch my erroneous down vote!
 
Update: UNKY caught you back up in a few other posts

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

Unky Buck's picture

Thanks Bierstube! +1 right back at you for being honest and generous on some other posts.

...

Urban Nation Army's picture

I didn't know Travis Howard wore 18. Good stuff, as always.

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

Hovenaut's picture

Another good look back, and another day closer.

Tip o' the cap to you again Remy, nice work.

I am not very smart, but I recognize that I am not very smart.

buckguyfan1's picture

Thanks Remy!  Go Bucks!

AndyVance's picture

Awesome job yet again Remy. Keeping us informed and making me proud all at the same time :)

ChazBuckeye's picture

Thank you for this sir.  Can you smell that???  It's football coming soon.

Some people think we’re the hunted.I don’t feel that way at all.We’re the hunter.Everybody wants an angry football team.Everybody wants a team on edge and a hungry team.If you’re a hunter,that usually equates to being hungry.

FROMTHE18's picture

appreciate the effort but a lot of those images are old/before Meyer

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

OSU had some pretty kick effin ass special teams in 2002.

Class of 2010.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Kato Mitchell needs to see the barber ASAP. Dudes hair is all kinds of crazy.

oh_dad55's picture

That Merle Wendt was quite a guy.  Who wouldn't want to beat that team up north 93-0 over a three year period?  He had to be high character, high intelligence; exactly the kind of student athletes we should hope to recruit today.

Oh_Dad

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article Remy!  Groom was a great punter during the NC year.  Tressel loved using the punt as a weapon and Andy did a really good job!
Go Bucks!!