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August 28, 2013 at 11:22p

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 25 players have worn the number 2.

Today's article will cover the careers of Cris Carter, Mike Doss, and Malcolm Jenkins.

*Terrelle Pryor will get his own article.

Players who you might not have thought wore No. 2 during their Ohio State career:
Justin Zwick (2003) and Daniel "Boom" Herron (2007).

Current Buckeyes Wearing No. 2:

Christian Bryant (S)


Rod Smith (RB)


Honors and Awards won by the No. 2:
One Fiesta Bowl Defensive MVP- Mike Doss (2003)
One Jim Thorpe Award- Malcolm Jenkins (2008)
One Team MVP- Cris Carter (1986)
One Academic All-Big Ten member.
Two Captains- Mike Doss (2002), Malcolm Jenkins (2008) 
Six All-American selections- Cris Carter (1986), Mike Doss (2000, '01, '02) and Malcolm Jenkins (2007, '08)

Today's Trivia Question:

Who is the only player to wear No. 2 to be named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team?

Answer at the bottom of the article.


Cris Carter (WR) All-American


Cris Carter was the wide receiver of my youth. I remember his great route running, one handed catches and confidence that oozed off of him.

I remember the excitement surrounding the Buckeyes going into the 1987 season.

Then the excitement went silent when news broke that Carter is ineligible for the season for signing with an agent.

I was only eleven at the time, but I knew that Ohio State wasn't going to be the same that year.

In fact it took many years for Ohio State to return to dominance.

It was refreshing to hear Cris Carter appologize and acknowledge his regret and during his induction speech for the NFL Hall of Fame.

From this year's Ohio State Media Guide:
"In his three seasons as a starter, Cris Carter caught 164 passes for 2,725 yards and 27

His hands were exceptional, his route running was precise, his ability to stay
in-bounds was uncanny and he possessed the ability to out-jump his defenders. He made the
diving, leaping, acrobatic catch look routine.

In 1985, Carter set a Rose Bowl record with nine receptions for 172 yards.

In 1986, Carter put together one of the great seasons in OSU annals with 69 receptions for 1,127 yards

and 11 touchdowns. At the conclusion of that season, he became Ohio State’s first All-America split end.

He left Ohio State as the school’s all-time leader in career receptions, touchdown receptions and reception yardage
and is without question one of the greatest receivers in OSU and Big Ten history.

A product of Middletown, Ohio, he played 16 seasons in the NFL and was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection. His No. 80
was retired by the Minnesota Vikings and he was one of only four NFL receivers with more
than 1,000 career receptions (1,101).

He entered the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio on August 2013.
Carter was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2003.

Cris Carter Career Statistics
Year  GP  Rec.  Yds.  Avg.  TDs

1984  12   41     648    15.8   8
1985  12   58     950    16.4   8
1986  13   69     1,127 16.3   11
Total  37  164    2,725 16.6   27


Mike Doss (S) Captain, All-American

Mike Doss was one of the hardest hitting safeties I have witnessed to play the game.
Jack Tatum was before my time, but I believe it is fair to put Mike Doss in the conversation
with the assassin for collegiate careers.

I will be forever grateful that Mike Doss returned for his senior season and accomplished the goal
he set for himself and his teammates...the 2002 National Championship.

From this year's Media Guide:
"Mike Doss was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes. In each of those years he was a
first-team All-American. In doing so, he became just the seventh three-time All-American in
Ohio State football history.

Doss was an inspiration both on and off the field. At the beginning of his senior year,
he was chosen as one of the team’s two co-captains.

At the end of his senior year, in his final game as a Buckeye, he was chosen as Defensive
MVP of the Fiesta Bowl
, where Ohio State captured its first consensus national
championship since 1968 with a 31-24 double-overtime victory over Miami.

Mike Doss played in 50 games, starting 40, and collecting a combined total of 331 tackles,
placing him in the OSU career top 10.

Doss started the last two games of his freshman year. From that point on he was a regular. As a
sophomore, he finished the season with a team-best 94 tackles and was named to a first-team
berth on The Sporting News All-America team.

He also led the team in tackles as a junior with 87 total stops and was again named to
a first-team spot on The Sporting News team, as well as the Walter Camp squad.

After electing to stay for his senior year, Doss collected a personal high 107 tackles and was named first team
All-America on the Associated Press, Football Writers, Football Coaches, Sporting News and Walter Camp teams

A three-time all-Big Ten pick, Doss was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.
The Canton, Ohio, native played five seasons in the NFL.

It was your house Mr. Doss,
I'm just glad I could watch you play in it.


Malcolm Jenkins (DB) Captain, All-American

Malcolm Jenkins continued Ohio State's excellence in the secondary.

He was a two-time All-American and named to three All-Big Ten Teams.

Jenkins was a captain his senior season in 2008.

From this Year's Media Guide:
"The premier defensive back in college football, cornerback Malcolm Jenkins earned consensus
All-America honors during his tremendous senior season.

Foregoing the NFL draft to complete his college career with the Buckeyes, Jenkins’
attention to detail and commitment to excellence were unrivaled,
setting a splendid standard for the Silver Bullet secondary.

Lean and lithe, Jenkins was known for relentless intensity on the field, demanding the
highest performance standards from himself and his teammates.Voted team captain as a
senior, this no-nonsense vocal leader was a starter on four Big Ten title teams, twice playing
in the national championship game.

Earning consensus All-America accolades and a unanimous all-Big Ten selection,
realized one of his long-time goals when he won the 2008 Jim Thorpe Award over
players from USC and Tennessee. The Piscataway, N.J., product was the first-round draft
pick of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and graduated in June of his senior year.


Today's Trivia Question:

Who is the only player to wear No. 2 to be named to the Academic All-Big Ten Team?

Answer: Terrelle Pryor (2009).


MN Buckeye's picture

Remy, thanks for all the great photos and a great article! I always pulled hard for Boom Herron, as we share the same high school alma mater (Warren G Harding).

unholy bucknut's picture

Love this countdown Remy but making the next one the TP edition is tragic when you got Doss sitting right there. IDK bubby but your doing an excellent job i've enjoyed this all the way.

RedStorm45's picture

TP was an Academic All-Big Ten?  Must have been a down year.

Buckeyejason's picture

Well, when you're the "star QB" and take the easiest classes at the can't be too hard to earn that honor.


ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Haha, yeah, I was in one of those easy classes with him.

Class of 2010.

BucksfanXC's picture

I learned today that Saturday won't have an installment because 0 or 00 is not an acceptable number under NCAA rules.

"ARTICLE 2. a. All players shall be numbered 1 through 99. Any number preceded by zero (“0’’) is illegal."

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

pjtobin's picture

Thanks Remy. 

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

KeithMC33's picture

Loved Malcolm Jenkins. He was an absolute stud and has continued that success with the Saints. If i remember correctly he was "only" a 3 star recruit who turned out to be quite a bit better than his ranking.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Mike Doss was that man. A true Buckeye