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August 24, 2013 at 11:43p

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 23 players have worn the number 6.

Today's article will cover the careers of Cie Grant, Larry Grant and Ettiene Sabino.

As plentiful as the No. 7 was with special players the No. 6 is as barren.

Hopefully these current Buckeyes will buck the trend of number 6. 

Current Buckeyes Wearing No. 6:

Evan Spencer (WR)

* Spencer wore 16 last year, he will wear 6 this year.

Vonn Bell (DB)

* Vonn Bell was originally reported to wear No. 7.
However, the roster now has him wearing No. 6.
Probably so he can be on the field at the same time as Jordan Hall.
I expect Bell to Don number 7 next season.


Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 6:
One National Champion- Cie Grant
Three All-Big Ten honors- Larry Grant (2006 and '07) Etienne Sabino (2009).

Today's Trivia Question:

Cie Grant played football for New Philadelphia High School, what is New Philadelphia's nickname? 

Answer at the bottom of the article.


Cie Grant (LB)

"Willie "Cie" Grant (born November 27, 1979 in Dover, Ohio) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the New Orleans Saints and is currently a free agent.

During the final fourth down play in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, a blitzing Grant applied quick pressure on Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey, forcing an incompletion and clinching the BCS National Championship.

The pictures above show my favorite sports moment.

Grant was drafted by the Saints in Round 3 of the 2003 NFL Draft.


Larry Grant (LB)

"Grant attended City College of San Francisco before finishing his career at Ohio State. In 2005, Larry was named JUCO National Player of the Year.

He played in four straight national championship games (two at City College and two at Ohio State). For his entire collegiate career, Grant started 38 of 49 games he played in,
registering 244 tackles (162 solos) with 15.5 sacks and 30.5 stops for losses and caused eight fumbles, recovered three others and had nine pass break-ups. 

In 25 games at Ohio State, Grant started 14 contests. He recorded 69 tackles (43 solos) with 5.5 sacks for minus-34 yards and 10 stops for losses of 45 yards.
He caused a fumble, deflected three passes and intercepted two others for 68 yards in returns. He also blocked three kicks, returning two errant punts for a total of 17 yards. 

In 2007 at Ohio State he started all 13 games, recording 51 tackles (35 solo, 16 assisted) along with 9.5 tackles for loss, and one interception that he returned for 19 yards.
He had Ohio State’s only two blocked kicks of the season.

In 2006 at OSU he played in 12 games and started one game and collected 18 tackles on the season and blocked a punt and intercepted pass." source


Ettiene Sabino (LB)

A highlight of Sabino's Ohio State career was a blocked punt he returned 20 yards for a touchdown against Purdue in 2008. 

He was named to the 2009 Academic All-Big Ten Team.

Sabino is currently on the NY Giants practice squad.


*Bonus Coverage

What the 2013 Media Guide has on Evan Spencer and Vonn Bell:

Evan Spencer (WR)

Evan Spencer is an experienced, two-year
letter-winner for the Buckeyes … he has played in 22 games the last
two years, including all 12 games last season for the undefeated
Buckeyes … he had the third-most plays among all the receivers
and tight ends last year with 611,
a total that included 542 plays on
offense … he made two starts last year, vs. Nebraska and Illinois …
he enters his true junior season with 15 career receptions for 214
yards and one touchdown

his first catch as a Buckeye was a ridiculous, onehanded
grab of a Braxton Miller pass for a 33-yard gain in the first
game of the season vs. Akron

the reception, inside of the 5 yard line, was considered for a national play of the week …
Spencer also had a 33-yard touchdown reception – in traffic and over the middle
– vs. Michigan State for the Buckeyes’ only score … counting a 12-
yard reception vs. Purdue, Spencer had three catches for 78 yards
and the one touchdown on the season … he averaged 26.0 yards
per reception which led all Ohio State receivers

He is the son of Gilda and Tim Spencer
his father is the third-leading
rusher in Ohio State history with 3,553 yards
between 1979-82 …

Tim also scored 36 touchdowns, fourth-most in school history, and was a
member of the Ohio State coaching staff between 1994-2003.

Vonn Bell (DB)

An exclamation point on this Class of 2013, Under
Armour All-American Vonn Bell announced on National Letter
of Intent signing day that he would be a Buckeye … a five-star
prospect by Rivals, Scout and 247Sports, Bell is one of the top 30
players in the nation with overall rankings of No. 25 by Scout, No.
29 by 247Sports and No. 32 by Rivals … is No. 50 on the ESPN
150 … the No. 4 player in the state of Georgia this season, Bell is
also ranked as high as the No. 3 safety prospect nationally by Scout

… helped his Ridgeland team, coached by Mark Mariakis, to a
13-2 record and a runner-up finish in the Georgia Class AAAA state
championships … Bell had 146 tackles and three interceptions as
a senior, and on offense he had over 1,700 all-purpose yards and
scored 21 touchdowns
… helped Ridgeland to the state Sweet 16 in
2011 as a junior with 119 tackles, five interceptions and three forced
fumbles … is the son of Vanessa and Vencent Bell.


Today's Trivia Question:

Cie Grant played football for New Philadelphia High School, what is New Philadelphia's nickname?

Answer: Quakers

Let's end No. 6 with this (0:49):

The 2013 party begins in six days...


pjtobin's picture

I forgot about Larry Grant. He was a beast. He had some key plays as mentioned above that slipped my mind. 
I can't wait to see Vonn Bell as a starter. He is a very gifted athlete. I'm sure he will be a piranha this year. 
Thank you Remy. I truly enjoy the countdown. And have looked forward to it each day. Maybe once it's done you can start at 99 and work your way back down. Maybe? Please?

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

Remy's picture

My wife is counting down as well...she has been putting the kids to bed while I do the article.
If I told her I was going to reset at 99 I would probably get this look:

followed by:


"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

Please don't get put into the doghouse on our account. We all enjoy your countdown but don't want it to create any issues on the home front. If she were an 11w user she would understand the need and want we have here. Just tell her your helping addicts recover. It's a long road to recovery or something. I'm only playing. Please don't upset the Mrs. I know there is hell to pay if that happens. Thank you for doing all you have. 

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

Remy's picture

With that said, I could probably do one or two a week, regardless of the consequences.
I imagine it playing out like this when she sees me continuing:


"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

Earle's picture


Your Noble Savage is a Straw Yeti.

AndyVance's picture

Ah, poor Kenny Dorsey... That guy never knew what hit him.

buckguyfan1's picture

"Down goes Dorsey! - Down goes Dorsey!"
Every time I see that video I want to scream that out loud.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Yes, that is one of my favorite all time sports memories as well when Dorsey gets flung around and throws up that duck of a pass.  Living down here in Florida I run into a lot of Miami haters (as well as Gators) that bitch and complain about the flag in that game.  I tell them first of all that didn't end the game, if Miami was a true champion they would have stopped the Bucks from scoring, which they didn't then they would have scored themselves at the end of the game, which they couldn't.  Not to mention in regulation there was a clear defensive holding penalty that didn't get called that would have allowed the Bucks to run out the clock in regulation.  Doesn't matter, the overall outcome is the same OHIO STATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!
Go Bucks!!

unknownmusketeer's picture

With the previous success of LBs named Grant wearing #6, maybe Curtis Grant needs to change his number?

Baroclinicity's picture

Cie Grant...what a play.

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

RBuck's picture

I don't know what I like more about Cie Grant; his play against Dorsey or his rendition of Carmen Ohio.

Long live the southend.

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Bino was one of my favorite Buckeyes to watch. He stuck it out through tough times and became a leader. A lot of respect for him.

DJRoss926's picture

Cie Grant sang one of the best renditions of 'Carmen Ohio' I've ever heard.

TBDBITL0509's picture

Buckeye confession: I grew to loathe this rendition because they played at every single game in 2003. By the end of the season, several OSUMB folks would openly mock-sing it in that nasally diva finish that Cie did so well.
I loved it when it first happened, though. 

njclebuckeye5's picture

Great write up. I believe Vonn Bell will be wearing number 7, and that roster was a mistake that has been uncorrected for a few weeks. That picture is from media day just recently and I saw an interview on another site where they interviewed him about wearing 7. Not 100% sure, but it's what I know fwiw.

Lobs it to the endzone... Touchdown Devin Smith!!