COUNTDOWN: 24 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

Remy's picture
August 8, 2013 at 1:03a
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*This is Andy Vance's series, just trying to fill in today*

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 42 players have worn the number 24. There are a lot of players to choose from, however, one really stands out from the pack. If you watched the Buckeyes during the mid-90s you know who that player is.

Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing No. 24:
One earned All-American honors.
One was named captain.
Two players were named to the All-Big Ten Team.
Six players were named to the Academic-All Big Ten Team.

Today's Trivia Questions:
Can you name the current Ohio State offensive player who started his career wearing the number 24 in 2010? Hint, he could see increased playing time the first three games of the season.

What high school did Roger Harper graduate from? Hint, it is a Columbus Public School and it is my alma mater as well.

What high school did Andy Groom attend? Hint, it is a Columbus parochial school that won a football state title two years ago. 

Answers at the bottom of the article.

Drew Basil (FG)
2010-Present

Drew Basil comes to Ohio State via Chillicothe.

The senior kicker is making his mark on Ohio State's record book.

Basil's six made field goals from 40-49 yards in the 2011 season is second best in Buckeye history (Nugent is first with 10).

Basil made 12 consecutive field goals in the 2011 season which places him third all-time.

The record I think he will break this season is the most extra points made in a season. Devin Barclay set the record when he made 62 extra points in 2010.

I think Basil will have a chance to shatter that record with Braxton Miller leading this high powered offense.

 

Roger Harper (DB)
1990-1992

Roger Harper was named to the 1992 All-Big Ten team and was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1993 draft.

 

Shawn Springs (CB)
1993-1996

 

After graduating from high school, Springs decided to attend Ohio State University, where he played for the Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 1993 to 1996. He started all 37 games after being redshirted his freshman year. Springs earned All-Big Ten honors as a sophomore and junior, as well as an All-Academic selection. He was recognized as a consensus first-team All-American and named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year in 1996. source

Springs also led Ohio State's defense with 11 pass breakups in 1996.

Unfortunately for many Buckeye fans, including myself, I will never forget the "slip" during The Game in 1996.

My thoughts during the play above "Oh sh*t. That did not just happen to Shawn Springs. What the f*ck? There goes the game and the championship."

That play in the first minute of second half allowed Tai Streets to score a game changing touchdown as That Team went on to defeat Ohio State 13-9.

The loss ruined Ohio State's perfect season and a chance for a title. A redundant theme of the Cooper era.

Fortunately for Springs, and Ohio State fans alike, the Buckeyes went on to do this in the Rose Bowl.

Let's move on, it took me years to get over that game and 1988-2000.

Springs was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks (my favorite team) with the third pick of the first round of the 1997 draft.

Six other Buckeyes were drafted that season. Orlando Pace was selected with the first pick of the draft by St. Louis and Mike Vrable went to the Steelers in the third round.

Springs went on to excel in the NFL and played in the league from 1997-2009. He was also named to the Seattle Seahawks 35th Anniversary Team.

The six players that were named to the Academic-All Big Ten Team while wearing 24:

Franklin D. Ellwood (QB)*- 1955 and 1956
Shawn Springs (CB)- 1994
Andy Groom (P)- 2000
Marcus Williams (RB)- 2007, 2008, 2009
Tyson Gentry (P)- 2008
Nate Ebner (DB)- 2009

*Captain in 1956

Today's Trivia Questions:
Can you name the current Ohio State offensive player who started his career wearing the number 24 in 2010?

Rod Smith



What high school did Roger Harper attend? Hint, it is a Columbus Public School and it is my alma mater as well.


 

What high school did Andy Groom attend? Hint, it is a Columbus parochial school that won a football state title two years ago.

 

Comments

Hovenaut's picture

Shawn Springs was great.

I still curse the gods, and John Cooper (three f'n field goals, seriously?), for that day.

"Success...it's what you do with what you got" - Woody Hayes

Remy's picture

In the first half
"...the Buckeyes drove inside Michigan's 5-yard line, but both times, Ohio State had to settle for field goals."
The score was 9-0 at the half, but it should have been 17-0.
Just a typical game from that time frame.
I'm so thankful for Tressel and Meyer.
I loved the talent Cooper brought in.
I loved how he put Ohio State on the right path.
I hated the results at the end of November.
 

"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

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

I blame the "three f'n field goals" more than I blame Shawn Springs for that loss.  I mean, seriously, explosive freaking offense all year, dropped 70+ on two different opponents, and they could only muster 9 points against TTUN at home.  That was weak.  Springs slipped...shit happens.

Class of 2010.

BierStube's picture

Another fine job!  I think you are right about Basil, we would need to average 5 TD's per game over just our first 12 and he would be right there with 2 games to go!

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

oh_dad55's picture

Great job on the countdowns.  So informative and well laid out.  You're doing a lot of work and we really appreciate it.

Oh_Dad

Remy's picture

Thank 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

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Shawn Springs was the definition of a lockdown corner. 

unholy bucknut's picture

Shawn Springs one of my favorite Buckeyes from the 90's. Shut down corner extraordinaire.

pjtobin's picture

Didn't Shawn Springs do the Halloween trading cards coke put out?
Remy great job. Thank you again and again for this. 

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