COUNTDOWN: 4 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL

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August 27, 2013 at 12:09a
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Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 23 players have worn the number 4.

Today's article will cover the careers of Kirk Herbstreit, Ken-Yon Rambo, Will Allen, Santonio Holmes and Kurt Coleman.

Players who wore No. 4 that you might have forgot about:
Josh Jackson, Ray Small and Jamaal Berry.

Current Buckeyes Wearing No. 4:

C.J. Barnett (SS)

 

Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 4:
Two All-Americans- Will Allen (2003) and Kurt Coleman (2009)
Two Team MVPs- Kirk Herbstreit (1992) and Kurt Coleman (2009)
Two All-Big Ten selections- Josh Jackson (1995 and 1996)
Three Team Captains- Kirk Herbstreit (1992), Ken-Yon Rambo (2000) and Kurt Coleman (2009)
Three All Big Ten members- Will Allen (2003), Santonio Holmes (2005) and Kurt Coleman (2009)
 

Today's Trivia Question:

Kirk Herbstreit and his dad are the only father and son to be captains at Ohio State. What is the name of Kirk's father?

Answer at the bottom of the article.

 

Kirk Herbstreit (QB) Captain
1989-1992

"Herbstreit graduated from Centerville High School in Centerville, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. In his high school quarterbacking days, he was the Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior for Centerville. He also was a standout baseball player.

Herbstreit was the first player to commit to the Ohio State Buckeyes after the hiring of John Cooper as head coach in 1988. Kirk was a four-year letter winner as a quarterback at Ohio State University from 1989 to 1993.

After waiting his turn as a Buckeye starter behind Greg Frey and Kent Graham, Herbstreit finally led the team as a senior in 1992. That year he was a co-captain (along with linebacker Steve Tovar) and was voted team MVP. Herbstreit passed for 1,904 yards that season, including four 200+ yard games, before losing to the Georgia Bulldogs in the Florida Citrus Bowl.

As a college quarterback, Herbstreit had held the Ohio State record for pass completions in the rivalry game against Michigan. He completed 28 passes for 271 yards in a 13-13 tie against arch-rival University of Michigan in 1992.

Broadcaster

Chris Fowler, Desmond Howard, and Lee Corso sit alongside Herbstreit on the ESPN College GameDay set, discussing the day's college football games, and analyzing highlights and players. Every Saturday, College GameDay makes road trips to various colleges around the United States to preview the school's upcoming football game.

Herbstreit serves as an analyst for ABC Sports' college football prime time series alongside either play-by-play man Brent Musburger, who frequently refers to his partner as "Herbie".

He was nominated for a 1997 Sports Emmy Award as television's top studio analyst, along with Cris Collinsworth (eventual winner), Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw and Steve Lyons.

He is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com and ESPN The Magazine. In 1997, he wrote a weekly in-season column—"Inside The Game With Kirk Herbstreit"—for The Sporting News.

Herbstreit previously worked Thursday night games for ESPN as a color commentator, and he is currently in the booth for Saturday night college football games on ABC.

On the day of the 2007 SEC championship game, Kirk Herbstreit falsely reported on ESPN's College GameDay that Les Miles had accepted an offer to succeed Lloyd Carr as the head coach at the University of Michigan.

Herbstreit is also a contributor to the Columbus, Ohio-based FM radio station 97.1 The Fan; 97.1 is also an ESPN Radio affiliate.

Kirk Herbstreit posted on his Twitter account that he has moved to Nashville, Tennessee from his home in Ohio because of harassment by vocal Ohio State fans accusing him of criticizing his alma mater directly. Herbstreit was quoted as saying "It's the vocal minority that make it rough. They probably represent 5 to 10% of the fan base but they are relentless." source


Herbstreit's ESPN page

 

Ken-Yon Rambo (WR) Captain
1997-2000

 

"Rambo attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School, playing football and sprinting. In 1997 he won the CIF California State Meet in the 300 meter hurdles. In his senior year (1997) he caught a school record 79 passes for 1,098 yards and 17 touchdowns.

He later attended the Ohio State University, where he continued to excel as a wide receiver and kick returner. He received All-Big Ten honorable mention honors and the Paul Warfield Award as Ohio State's top receiver in 1998. In 1999, he set a new school record for average yards on kickoff returns with 22.9. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 2001 NFL Draft in the 7th round." source

 

Will Allen (S) All-American
2000-2003

"Allen received an athletic scholarship to attend Ohio State University, where he was a four-year letterman for coach Jim Tressel's Ohio State Buckeyes football team from 2000 to 2003.

As a senior in 2003, he was a consensus first-team All-America selection. In his first three seasons at Ohio State he played behind three-time All American Mike Doss, seeing action on the field primarily in nickel coverage on passing downs.

Allen is perhaps best remembered among college football fans for two plays made during the 2002 BCS national championship season.

The first occurred during the 2002 Ohio State-Michigan game, intercepting a pass from Michigan quarterback John Navarre during the closing seconds to preserve the 14-9 victory and an undefeated regular season.

The second play was only one game later in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl for the national championship. In the second half, Allen tackled Miami running back Willis McGahee and delivered a shoulder blow to his left knee. McGahee had to be helped off the field; he suffered ligament damage and was forced to miss his whole rookie year in the NFL." source

 

Santonio Holmes (WR)
2002-2005

The following is from this year's Media Guide:
"A Buckeye standout from 2003-05, Santonio Holmes again put Ohio State into the NFL
spotlight with his exploits in Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa.


A 2006 first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Belle Glade, Fla., native
made his biggest contribution to the Black and Gold on February 1, 2009, when he snagged
nine catches for 131 yards, the biggest with 36 seconds left for the game-winning score in
football’s biggest game.



With four receptions on the Steelers’ last drive, Holmes went to the right corner of the
endzone, scraping his toes to haul in the six-yard toss from Ben Roethlisberger.

That amazing catch gave the Steelers a 27-23 lead in their sixth Super Bowl victory and gave Santonio the
MVP trophy, only the sixth receiver and the first Buckeye ever to receive that recognition.

Ohio State numbers: RECEIVING
Year  G   Rec Yds   TD   Lg  Rec/G  Avg/C  Avg/G
2003 12   32   549    7     47   2.7     17.2       45.8
2004 12   55   769    7     80   4.6     14.0       64.1
2005 12   53   977    11   85   4.4     18.4       81.4
TTL   36  140  2295  25   85   3.9     16.4       63.8

 

Kurt Coleman (S) Captain
2006-2009

"Coleman played college football at Ohio State. At a spring practice during his freshman year, Coleman tackled wide receiver Tyson Gentry. Gentry became paralyzed.

Coleman almost quit the football team before Gentry forgave him during a hospital visit.

In 2009, Coleman made 68 tackles, five interceptions and three forced fumbles. He earned first-team All-American honors by Sporting News and first-team All-Big Ten honors." source

 

Today's Trivia Question:

Kirk Herbstreit and his dad are the only father and son to be captains at Ohio State. What is the name of Kirk's father?

Answer: Jim Herbstreit. The elder Herbstreit was a captain for the 1960 team and wore a famous Buckeye number.

 

Comments

Remy's picture

Kurt Coleman has had some interesting Gifs in the NFL. 
He lost this battle against the Browns' Trent Richardson:

 
So, he took it out on Antonio Brown's shoe:

 

"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

pjtobin's picture

I am so thankful I have Internet here at the county fairgrounds. We are camping this week because my daughter is showing a hog. If I couldn't have got my daily dose of your countdown I would've been crushed. I'm very thankful I have one bar of signal. Here in the sticks most of the time you can't even use your phone. 
Thank you as always Remy for doing these. Did Braxton ever wear #4? If he did I don't recall?? Or did ya make a goof?

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

Hovenaut's picture

I think the Brax line might have been a carryover from yesterday's edition....(recalls some of my assignment writing days from undergrad schooll).

I'm with you PJ, these countdowns have made the days leading up to kickoff (somewhat) tolerable. Great job Remy.

I CANNOT BELIEVE IT IS KICKOFF WEEK.

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

Remy's picture

Good catch, I goofed.
Hovenaut is correct that was a carry over.
Thanks as always for the kind words.
Have fun at the fair and I hope your daughter does well.

"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

TMac's picture

I've always liked Herbstreit, Wasn't he the first of the BUCKEYE CFB analysts? And now they are  everywhere!

BierStube's picture

Great job again Remy .. Will Allen in run support on that NC run was huge!!

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

Unky Buck's picture

Good job, Remy! We're almost there, boys and girls!

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osuguy2008's picture

Remy,
 
I was going through some past countdowns and came across this:

Today's Trivia Questions:
David Boston made his Ohio State name wearing No. 9, what number did he wear as a freshman? Hint: Think two better than Michael Irvin's Miami jersey.
Answer: 49

 
Ummm, unless I'm missing something (like for a brief time Boston wore 49 in fall camp for a couple days) I have no memory whatsoever of Boston wearing anything but #9. I have a 1996 season highlight video and in every game Boston is wearing the #9. 
 
Video Evidence: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JspshPna-bs

Remy's picture

I didn't remember Boston wearing No. 9 either, however...
http://buckeyextra.dispatch.com/content/pages/player_details.html?nameID...
I put my trust in the Dispatch, but they (and I) have been wrong before.
Thanks for reading these, I hope you've enjoyed them.

"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

osuguy2008's picture

I'm saying someone at the Dispatch was terribly wrong because I can go through video highlights of the entire 1996 season and Boston did not wear 49 in any game

Remy's picture

I didn't remember Boston wearing No. 9 either

I meant to write 49 instead of 9.
Thanks for putting in the time and research on this.
I don't remember him wearing No. 49, but The Dispatch is correct on him wearing 49.
Copied from this year's Ohio State Media Guide:

49
Adams, John...................................2002
Boston, David..................................1996
Cheatwood, Tim........................ 1997-01
Greer, Steven...................................1988
Gurd, Andrew............................ 1987-91
Gwinn, Jayson.......................... 1992-93
Harman, Timothy A.........................1970
Homan, Adam.................2009-10-11-12
Houk, Ronald............................. 1959-60
Johnson, Dionte...................... 2004-007
Jones, Herman.......................... 1975-77
Kain, Lawrence...............................1973
Lindsey, William L...........................1964
Lukens, Ryan............................. 2005-08
Marshall, Linwood.................... 1979-80
Richards, David P.............................1955
Riley, George...................................1951
Robinson, Ceroy..............................1986
Ross, Robert.............................. 1935-36
Shultz, James..................................1957
Smith, Douglas.......................... 1984-85
Tucci, Amel......................................1939
Underwood, E.J...............................2002
Wendorff, William..........................1971
9
Alders, Gary........................ 1981-82, 84
Baird, Steve.....................................1995
Beltz, Richard H......................... 1934-35
Bolyard, Tom.............................. 1985-86
Booth, William R.............................1936
Boston, David............................ 1997-98
Bryant, Ricky............................. 1999-01
Carter, Duron...................................2009
Frank, Jason.............................. 1988-90
Griffin, Adam........................ 2010-11-12
Hartline, Brian........................... 2006-08
Jackson, Josh........................... 1993-94
etc
 
 

"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

osuguy2008's picture

I know that Boston never wore 49 in a game (maybe he briefly wore it in summer practice then was able to switch prior to the start of the season ).
 
I'm saying that somehow this was a mistake that someone in the OSU athletic department media department and Dispatch have overlooked because honestly (and I don't blame them) when you're putting together these materials I'm sure stuff get's over looked.
 

RedStorm45's picture

"Kirk Herbstreit posted on his Twitter account that he has moved to Nashville, Tennessee from his home in Ohio because of harassment by vocal Ohio State fans accusing him of criticizing his alma mater directly."
Again, this has been denied, on the record, by multiple sources.  It was purely an excuse for the move, I guess.
 
Can you really include Will Allen in this list though?  You already profiled him here - http://www.elevenwarriors.com/blogs/remy/countdown-26-days-until-buckeye...
 
 
 

KeithMC33's picture

Can't forget Chris Vance!

ATXbucknut's picture

Chris Vance, Ken-Yon Rambo, and Reggie Germany are the 3 receivers who I still can't forget. Seemed like they would have had better pro careers.

Gulfstreambuckeye's picture

Holmes was the shit. That is all.

Sometimes you're flush and sometimes you're bust...but life goes on.

KBonay's picture

This dates back to 2011, but Holmes Superbowl TD put Ohio State tied for 3rd in all-time Superbowl touchdowns by school.  Interestingly enough, that is one more than Michigan....
http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=905867
 
 
 

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

I forgot about the Tyson Gentry story until now.