COUNTDOWN: 25 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

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August 7, 2013 at 6:09p
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*This is Andy Vance's series, just trying to fill in today*

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 32 players have worn the number 25.

Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing 25:
One earned All-American honors.
Two were named captain.
Three made the All-Big Ten team.

Today's Trivia Questions:
Can you name the current Ohio State defensive player from Georgia who started his career wearing the number 25 in 2011? Hints, he is from Georgia wore a different number last year.

Two players on the current roster wear 25. One player is Kevin Niehoff. Who is the offensive player that wears 25 this season?


Answers at the bottom of the article.

Esco Sarkkinen (End)
1937-1939

 

 

Esco Sarkkinen was named to the 1939 All-American team as an end. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the fifth round of the 1940 NFL Draft.

After his playing days Sarkkinen became an assistant coach with Ohio State. Sarkkinen could be found on the Ohio State sidelines from 1946-1978. He coached with Paul Bixler, Wes Fesler and Woody Hayes.

With his massive amount of Ohio State knowledge a friend of his, William L. Harper, wrote a book called "An Ohio State Man: Coach Esco Sarkkinen Remembers OSU Football". I have not read the book, but I can only imagine the interesting stories and insights it would contain.

 

Tony Curcillo (QB, LB, TB, C)
1950-1952

 

"Curcillo was the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team in 1950 and 1951 and played linebacker, tailback, and center in 1952. Although recruited by Wes Fesler, he would become Woody Hayes' first starting quarterback at Ohio State when Hayes was hired in 1951. Curcillo's running back from during the 1950 and 1951 seasons was Vic Janowicz, the winner of the 1950 Heisman Trophy and Curcillo's former teammate at Elyria High School.

Curcillo was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals in the 6th round of the 1953 NFL Draft. He could not beat out fellow rookies Jim Root and Ray Nagel for playing time at quarterback, so Curcillo played the 1953 season at defensive back and halfback." source

 

Todd Bell (LB, DB)
1977-1980

Todd Bell's game winning play against That Team:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZhkLm10W6Y

 

Todd Bell made the All-Big Ten in 1979 as a linebacker and as a cornerback 1980.

"After graduating from Middletown High School, in Middletown, Ohio as a very highly recruited and standout ball player, Bell went on to play for the Ohio State University as a four-year starter at defensive back. He played as a roverback, a hybrid of the strong safety and linebacker positions.

His best remembered moment at Ohio State was a game-winning touchdown in his junior year against rival Michigan on November 17, 1979. When Ohio State linebacker Jim Laughlin blocked a punt by Michigan's Brian Virgil, Bell scooped up the football and ran it in 18 yards and a final score of 18-15. This play sent Ohio State to the 1980 Rose Bowl and a shot at that year's national championship." source

Bell played in the NFL from 1981-1989 with the Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles. He made the Pro Bowl in 1984.

Unfortunately Mr. Bell died of a heart attack at the age of 47 in 2005. He does have this resource center named after him.

 

Antonio Pittman (RB)
2004-2006

Notre Dame Killer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mVzt_AAQRM

That Team Killer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RWvebDbl8TY
 

Career Highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jvox1cKGzo8
 

 

Antonio Pitmman came to Ohio State via Akron, Ohio. His first playing time came against Miami University in 2004. Antonio rushed for 100 yards on 14 carries against the Red Hawks, but only gained 281 more yards the rest of his freshman season. 

Pittman finished his career with 2,945 yards rushing (9th all-time at Ohio State) and 22 touchdowns during his three year stay with the Buckeyes.

He led the team in rushing in 2005 and 2006. In 2005 he amassed 1,331 yards (5.1 ypc) and seven touchdowns. In '06 he led the team with 1,233 yards (5.1 ypc) and 14 touchdowns. Pittman was also named All-Big Ten at the conclusion of the 2006 season.

Pittman Career Highlights:

His career-high is 186 yards in a game against the University of Minnesota, where he also scored his first touchdown of the season. He scored the winning touchdown in the 2005 game against the Michigan Wolverines. His run around the Michigan defensive line for a three-yard touchdown run came with just 24 seconds left in the game. In the next game, he clinched the 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish by erupting for a 60-yard touchdown run with 1:46 left in the game, despite having an injured hamstring. In 2005 he became just the fourth sophomore in Ohio State annals to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season, joining Archie Griffin, Vince Workman and Keith Byars. source
 

Antonio Pittman was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 2007 draft. His NFL career ended when he was waived by the St. Louis Rams in September of 2009.

The only two players to be named captains while wearing No. 25 for Ohio State:

Carlos Snow (RB)
1987-1991

Snow's big play against That Team:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiR6qVCyGMk

11 Warriors article on the 1987 Game.

 

 

Donnie Nickey (SS)
1999-2002

 

 

Today's Trivia Questions:
Can you name the current Ohio State defensive player from Georgia who started his career wearing the number 25 in 2011?

Bradley Roby


 

Two players on the current roster wear 25. One player is Kevin Niehoff. Who is the offensive player that wears 25 this season?

Bri'onte Dunn

 

Comments

BierStube's picture

Good job Remy, you are doing Andy proud.  Keep the countdown to the chase rolling.  Speaking of Andy, anyone have any news?

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

Hovenaut's picture

Yeah Biers....he checked in last night, he's just been busy:

http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/football/2013/08/countdown-to-buckey...

Baroclinicity and Remy have done a fine job filling in.

BierStube's picture

Thanks Hovenaut, must have missed that one.  Sucks when the ole cash job gets in the way of quality 11W time.  And I concur on Remy and Barclinicity!

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

Baroclinicity's picture

Remy, killing it!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Hovenaut's picture

Another fine job Remy, well done.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Good article Remy.  I was there at the big house when Pittman ran over a Wolverine to score the winning touchdown over TTUN. He was great that day as was Troy Smith, Gonzo and Holmes.  Great game!
Football season is getting closer! 
Go Bucks!!

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Ha!  2 for 2 on the trivia. 
Another great write-up with all of the greats to wear #25.  Pittman was obviously the first that came to mind.  Almost forgot about Donnie Nickey...he was a heck of a player, too. 

Class of 2010.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Donnie Nickey: White boy safety

pjtobin's picture

Well done Remy. Thank you very much for your time. 

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