Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 30 players have worn the number 26. Today's article will have an international feel. Two of the featured players were born in foreign countries.
There is also a little controversy as a prominent player from the early 90s who wore 26 took a "Break" from the team his sophomore season.
Honors and awards won by Ohio State players while wearing 26:
One earned All-American honors.
Two made the All-Big Ten team.
Today's Trivia Questions:
Can you name the current Ohio State offensive player who started his career wearing the number 26 in 2010? (He wears a different number today)
Who is the defensive player on the 2013 roster wearing number 26?
Answers at the bottom of the article.
Gust Zarnas (Guard)
Gust Zarnas was born in Ikaria, Greece. He played guard for Ohio State from 1935-1937. Zarnas' teams went 3-0 against That Team; including a 21-0 victory his senior season.
In 1937 Zarnas was named to the All-American and All-Big Ten football teams. He was drafted by the Bears in 1938 and finished his NFL career in 1940.
Gust Zarnas was a lieutenant in the Navy during WWII. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
Will Allen (SS)
Will Allen wore No. 26 for his first three seasons at Ohio State. His senior season, when he was named to the All-Big Ten team, he wore No. 4.
While wearing the 26 jersey, Allen made some key plays during Ohio State's championship season of 2002.
Saved the day against Cincinnati...
and That Team:
He made this key play in the National Championship Game:
Ashton Youboty (CB)
Youboty is the second player on this list to be born outside of the United States. He was born in Monrovia Liberia, grew up on Philadelphia and played high school football in Houston.
Ashton Youboty was named to the All-Big Ten team his junior season. He decided to forgo his senior season and entered the 2006 NFL draft. The Buffalo Bills selected him in the third round.
Robert Smith (RB)
Robert Smith had an interesting Ohio State career.
In 1990, he came to Ohio State as the only high school player to ever win Mr. Ohio twice (1988 and 1989). Smith broke the freshman rushing record as he ran for 1,126 yards (6.4 ypc) and eight touchdowns.
He capped his freshman campaign off with 62 yards rushing and a touchdown in a loss to Air Force in the Liberty Bowl.
Then Smith dropped a bomb shell in August of 1991 before the start of his sophomore season:
Robert Smith won't be setting any records for Ohio State this season.
The sophomore tailback said today that he would not return to the football team. The announcement ended weeklong speculation on whether Smith, who broke Ohio State's freshman rushing record last season, would play this season.
He quit the team Aug. 23, saying the coaching staff disregarded academics and the players' safety.
Although Smith said he would not return to the team this year, he did not say he would never play for Ohio State again.
"Throughout the year, I questioned the importance of what I was doing relative to my larger goals in life," he said in a two-minute statement during a news conference. "In view of these doubts, I believe neither the team nor I would benefit from my return to the football program at this time." Smith said he intended to remain at Ohio State. source
Then in March of 1992 this happened
Running back ROBERT SMITH is returning to the Ohio State team he quit in a dispute with an assistant coach whom he says told him to skip class to attend football practice.
"I told the team this morning he is coming back and of, course, they're happy," Coach JOHN COOPER said yesterday. "I'm happy. Robert's happy."
Smith, who broke ARCHIE GRIFFIN's school rushing record for freshmen in 1990, quit the team last August in a disagreement with the offensive coordinator, ELLIOTT UZELAC, over his studies. Uzelac resigned as an assistant coach last month, saying he wanted to pursue other coaching opportunities. (AP) source
In his junior season, and what would be his final stint in Columbus, he rushed for 819 yards (5.6 ypc) and 10 touchdowns.
Smith's career ended at Ohio State with a 21-14 loss to Georgia in the Citrus Bowl. He rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns in his final game as a Buckeye.
Robert Smith was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 1993 NFL draft. He spent all eight seasons of his NFL career with the Vikings. He retired he as the all-time leading rusher in Vikings history. He wore No. 26 every season except for his rookie year.
Today you can watch Robert Smith on ESPN.
Carlos Hyde wore 26 in 2010. Page 46 of 58
Armani Reeves currently wears No. 26:
Reeves wore 24 in 2012:
When I first image searched Robert Smith I saw this.