*COUNTDOWN: 7 DAYS UNTIL BUCKEYE FOOTBALL COMPLETED*

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August 24, 2013 at 1:13a
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Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 29 players have worn the number 7.

Today's article will cover the careers of Cornelius Green, Sonny Gordon, Vinnie Clark, Joey Galloway, Joe Germaine, Chris Gamble and Ted Ginn Jr.

Current Buckeyes Wearing No. 7:

Jordan Hall (H)

 

Vonn Bell (S)

Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 7:
One Team MVP- Cornelius Green 1975.
Two Big Ten MVPs- Cornelius Green 1975 and Joe Germain 1998.
Four Captains- Sonny Gordon 1986, Vinnie Clark 1990, Joey Galloway 1994 and Joe Germaine 1998.
Four Academic All-Big Ten selections- Greg Castignola 1978, Joey Galloway 1993 and 1994 and Ted Ginn Jr. 2005.
Eight All-Big Ten honors- Cornelius Green 1974 and '75, Sonny Gordon 1986, Joey Galloway 1993, Joe Germaine 1998, Chris Gamble 2002 and '03, Ted Ginn Jr. 2006.

Today's Trivia Questions:

Cornelius Green was Ohio State's first black quarterback, who was the second?

What current Buckeye has parents named Vanessa and Vencent?

Answers at the bottom of the article.

 

Cornelius Green
1973-1975

Is his name Cornelius Greene or Cornelius Green?

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer in 1976:

"It’s official that the Seahawks’ other new receiver, Cornelius Green now spells his last name without a final e.

He explalined, “I have researched and found that some of my relatives spelled it ‘Greene’ and others ‘Green’ and the latter is correct.” He is Cornelius Green.

This article is from The Independent after the Rose Bowl victory over USC in 1974:

"Don't tell Cornelius Greene anything about adversity. He's faced it all his life.
Being quarterback for Ohio State University, he spent most of his sophomore season handing the football to an armada of running backs.

Naturally, he was labelled a "poor passer." It was purely guilt by association.

Tuesday, Greene was asked to throw the ball to give the Buckeyes a chance to defeat Southern California in the Rose Bowl.

Cornelius successfully found the seams in the Trojans' heretofore impregnable pass defense six limes in eight attempts for 129 yards.

That opened a thrashing ground attack that pulverized the Trojans, 42-21. Greene added 45 yards afoot, scoring once more on one of his seven carries.

His flashing feet mesmerized USC tacklers as he dashed and darted for important yardage on third-and-long scrambles.

 

WHEN THE BALLOTS were tallied, the red-thin signal-caller had won player of the game accolades, the 20th quarterback so honored in 60 Pasadena classics.

"This is a big thrill," he acknowledged outside the Buckeyes' dressing room. "I'm proud of winning it most for my family and my city."

Greene is a modest young man of 19, who has been looking up all his life.

His father is blind. He has four sisters and three brothers helping his mother in a Washington, D.C., ghetto.

"I guess my mother's prayers were answered today," he smiled, thinking of the victory which avenged last year's 42-17 loss to most of these same Trojans.

Greene had little to do with that embarrassment, playing only 60 seconds — just time enough to return three kickoffs for 56 yards.

Before a throng of 105,267 shivering souls, Cornelius was nearly the whole show in this rematch. His Rose Bowl debut began in near disaster.

Three plays after taking possession on the OSU 31 yard line and looking at a 3-0 deficit after only three minutes of play, Greene threw an interception into the waiting hands of Trojan Danny Reece.

"WHEN THAT HAPPENED, all those things written in the newspapers about me passing poorly went through my mind," said Greene, remembering his line miscue of the day.

"Coach (Woody) Hayes called me over and gave me plenty of examples of players who had fumbled twice for him, but how he'd never lost his confidence in them. He told me just to forget it."

Three downs after USC's ensuing drive ended in a missed Chris Limahlu field goal from 47 yards, Corny hit tight end Fred Pagac for 22 yards and the first of many penetrations into Trojan territory. Greene missed on his next attempt but was four-for-four thereafter.

"We knew we had to pass to beat USC, but nobody seemed to think we could," admonished the 6- foot, 170-pounder. "We saw what they did to other strong running teams like Oklahoma and UCLA.

"When I hear people say we can't pass I take it as a reflection on. me because I'm the quarterback. But I don't believe everything I read in the papers," he smiled.

In guiding the Bucks to a 9-0-1 record and a Big Ten championship Greene attempted only 38 passes, completing a mere 14 for a .368 percentage. He threw for two scores but suffered six interceptions.

"I COMPLETED 188 PASSES in high school for over 1,400 yards and 25 TDs," said Corny, "so I wouldn't say I couldn't pass.

"When we're averaging 350 yards a game running and still scoring more than' 37 points, we don't need to pass. But today was different."

Greene ran for 116 yards and passed for 137 more in the spring game at Columbus, but began fall drills on the third team.

"I wasn't technically, sound when I came to Ohio State, but 1 never lost my confidence."

When the season began he had unseated senior incumbent and co-captain Greg Hare to become Ohio State's first black quarterback.

He accepted the pressure and the criticism all season more like a senior than a sophomore.

"We were criticized for not passing more against Michigan (0- for-4), but my right thumb was. swollen twice its normal size and I couldn't grip the ball at all. I could have thrown better with my left hand," he said, showing one thumb still larger than the other.

But there were no handicaps Tuesday and OSU followed its game plan almost to the letter. Despite his passing ability, Greene was considered a scrambling quarterback at Dunbar High and this ability to avoid losses has added another dimension to the OSU offense.

EIGHTY SCHOOLS SOUGHT his talents, but Ohio State was the first major college "and they wanted me as a student as much as an athlete."

He spurned basketball offers (25-point average as senior) as well as a $25,000 bonus after being drafted by Baltimore.

"I was 30-2 as a pitcher and batted over .500. They wanted me as an infielder, but I wanted an education." source

 

Where is Cornelius now?

Thanks to Ken Gordon of The Dispatch:

"After Seattle released him, Cornelius briefly went to the Canadian Football league and then semi-pro ball in Columbus, Ohio before moving back to his hometown of Washington, DC in 1982. He lives there now, working for the city and managing a recreation center. He has two kids, one of which is playing basketball at the University of Vermont (Jason).

In 1998, he was inducted into the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame. He was the school's first black quarterback." source

Another interesting article about Cornelius Green.

Denman "Sonny" Gordon (DB) Captain
1983-1986

Sonny Gordon was a captain of the 1986 team and was named to the 1986 All-Big Ten Team.

Gordon's most memorable play was this blocked punt and safety against No. 1 Iowa in 1985:

 

Ohio State won 22-13.

Gordon was selected by the Bengals in the sixth round of the 1987 NFL Draft.

Vinnie Clark (CB) Captain
1988-1990

Vinnie Clark was a captain for Ohio State in 1990 and was drafted in the first round of the 1991 NFL Draft by the Packers.

 

Joey Galloway (WR) Captain
1990-1994


Joey Galloway is one of my favorite Ohio State receivers. Every time he was on the field I anticipated a long touchdown catch and run.
He led the team in receiving in 1993 and 1994.


When Galloway played I had never seen a player as fast as he was wear a Buckeye uniform.

Geek Note: Galloway was also a beast on Bill Walsh College Football '95 for SEGA. Ohio State unstoppable with Galloway, George, and Hoying.

Throw the deep ball to No.7, he always lines up on the left and always makes the catch. 

"Galloway played college football at Ohio State University. While there he earned many honors and finished in the top five all time in many of Ohio State's receiving records.

During his junior year he caught 47 passes for 946 yards and tied Cris Carter with a school record 11 touchdowns. His great play earned him First-Team All-Big Ten Conference honors as a junior.
During his senior year he made 44 receptions for 669 yards and seven touchdowns, and earned Second-Team All-Big Ten Conference.

He finished his college career fourth in both career receptions with 108 and receiving yards with 1,894, and second in touchdown receptions behind Cris Carter with 19." source

Galloway was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft. He played in the NFL from 1995-2010.

For his NFL career he gained 10,950 yards and 77 touchdowns.
 

Joe Germaine (QB) Captain
1995-1998

"Germaine was recruited by Northern Arizona University (NAU) out of high school, but NAU
was wary of his intention to serve a two-year Mormon mission, and thus did not offer him a
scholarship. After concluding his service as a missionary for his church, Germaine played one
season (1995) at Scottsdale Community College in Arizona before transferring to Ohio State."
source

From this year's Media Guide:
"Joe Germaine proved in two seasons as a backup that he was a fine quarterback. But it was
1998, his senior year as the starter and team co-captain, when he set 11 school records while
throwing for 3,330 yards and 25 touchdowns, that separated him from other OSU quarterbacks.


He was the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football Award winner as the Big Ten MVP that year and
he led OSU to the No. 1 national ranking for a then-school-record 10 consecutive weeks.
He also was named by the conference coaches as the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year.


No Ohio State fan will ever forget his heroics in the 1997 Rose Bowl as he calmly directed
the Buckeyes 65 yards in 12 plays in the final 1:40 for the winning touchdown (a five-yard
touchdown pass to David Boston with 19 seconds left). Germaine threw for 6,370 yards and
56 touchdowns in three seasons. The Mesa, Arizona, product played five seasons in the NFL."

Career Statistics
Year GP  Att.  Comp. Yards TDs Int.

1996 12   147   80       1,193  15    4
1997 13   210   129     1,847  16    9
1998 12   384   230     3,330  25    7
Total 37   741   439     6,370  56    20

Chris Gamble (CB/WR)
2000-2003

To say that Chris Gamble was a special player is an understatement. He started his Ohio State career as a wide receiver and return man.
He finished his career as both a starter at receiver and corner back.

Gamble's ability to play both sides of the ball at an exceptional level was a key to Ohio State's national championship in 2002.

 

Gamble's highlights of the Penn State game in 2002:
"The game featured Chris Gamble starting on both offense and defense (which had last occurred for Ohio State in 1963) and playing 89 of the game's 138 plays (51 on defense, 31 on offense, and 7 on punt returns). (Lindy's p. 50) After Krenzel's fumble, Gamble caught the Penn State defender from behind at the OSU 41, preventing a touchdown return, and two plays later A.J. Hawk ended the threat with his second interception of the year.

The key play of the game, however, came on the first series of the 3rd quarter with Penn State in possession and having the lead, 7–3. Gamble "jumped the route" of the Penn State receiver, intercepted the ball at the Nittany Lion 40, and returned it down the sideline for a touchdown, the only one scored by Ohio State in the game." source

The Pick-Six (0:47)

Ohio State defeated Penn State 13-7.


 

"While Gamble only played three years at Ohio State, he was an integral part of the 2002 National Championship team, which went 14-0. Gamble played all 3 ways at Ohio State, earning 1st Team All-Big Ten honors, and 3rd Team All-America honors for cornerback.

Gamble had 4 interceptions for the 2002 season, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Gamble was known for his game-breaking ability in all facets of the game, including defense, offense, and kick returning.

In 38 games, he started 18 times on defense and 12 times on offense (started on both offense and defense in five contests in 2002). Recorded 65 tackles (51 solos) with three stops behind the line of scrimmage, seven interceptions and 21 pass deflections.

He also caught 40 passes for 609 yards (15.2 avg.), rushed six times for 68 yards (11.3 avg.) with a touchdown, returned 60 punts for 467 yards (7.8 avg.) and had 18 kickoff returns for 384 yards (21.3 avg.)." source

There is also this play he was apart of:

 

Ted Ginn Jr. (WR)
2004-2006

In my opinion, the only Ohio State player faster than Joey Galloway.

"Ted Ginn, Ted Ginn, Ted Ginn does everything." I remember hearing a song that had those lyrics during Ginn's Ohio State playing days. Ginn's speed made it possible for him to do everything. In fact, it was his speed that had him being recruited to Ohio State, but not for football.

"OSU track coach Russ Rogers recruited Ginn to run track, believing that he could qualify for the 2008 Olympics. However, his track career was put on hold in order to focus on football. Ginn was recruited as a defensive back by Ohio State.

As a freshman, Ginn saw moderate playing time at receiver and finished the 2004 season with 25 receptions for 359 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also rushed for 113 yards and 2 touchdowns on the ground, led the nation with a 25.6 yards per punt return average, and returned four punts for touchdowns (which broke a Big Ten Conference record first set by Gene Derricotte in 1947 that was later tied twice). One of the most memorable moments in his freshman season was in the 30-7 win over Indiana. A pass at the beginning of the first quarter was tipped by a diving Buster Larkins, only to be grabbed by Ginn. He then broke four tackles on his way to a 59 yard touchdown.

This picture says it all about the 2004 Game.

Ginn earned a spot as the Buckeyes Starting receiver his sophomore year in 2005. He finished the season with 51 receptions for 803 yards and four touchdowns. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 532 yards, along with 25 punts for 250 yards.

Ginn did it to ND as well.

Entering the 2006 season, Ginn was considered by many to be a preseason candidate for the Heisman Trophy and the Biletnikoff Award. He was a second team All-American selection and finished as the Buckeyes top receiver with 59 catches for 781 yards, while adding another 706 yards and two touchdowns on special teams. Ginn returned the opening kickoff of the 2007 BCS National Championship Game for 92 yards and a touchdown. Ginn sprained his left foot when fellow Buckeye Roy Hall slid into him during the celebration following the touchdown and sat on his foot. He left the game soon after and didn't return.

Why? Roy Hall, Why? (the curse of No. 8 strikes again)

Ginn finished his career at Ohio State with 125 receptions for 1,943 yards and 15 touchdowns in 37 games. He also rushed for 213 yards, returned 38 kickoffs for 1,012 yards, and gained 900 yards on 64 punt returns, the second highest total in Ohio State history. Overall, he gained 4,068 total yards and scored 26 touchdowns.

He set a Big Ten record for most career punt return touchdowns with 6.

"Miss a Ginn"= Touchdown

An Eleven Warriors article about Tedd Ginn Sr. and his biggest victory.

Today's Trivia Questions:

Cornelius Green was Ohio State's first black quarterback, who was the second?

Answer: Rod Gerald

What current Buckeye has parents named Vanessa and Vencent?

Answer Vonn Bell

Can't wait to see what the future of No. 7 has in store.

If it's anything like the past, we are all in for something special.

Comments

MN Buckeye's picture

Love Ginn.  Love C Green. Just wondering when C was

the red-thin signal-caller

Think we will get to know Bell very soon.

buckguyfan1's picture

So many good "7s"... no wonder Costanza liked it.  Get some sleep Remy, one more week!

vitaminB's picture

So am I making this up or did Ted Ginn Sr tell Jr not to go back into the 2006 NCG?  Am I making that up?  I've always held it against him that he didn't come back in after "hurting" his foot.

RedStorm45's picture

Oh, you mean the foot he BROKE?

BucksfanXC's picture

Sarah did an interview with Cornelius on this site last year. Good read that I'd link if not on my phone

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

AndyVance's picture

It was a three part series that you can read here, here and here.

Knarcisi's picture

Derek Ross.  Great player and was drafted in the NFL. From my new hometown of Rock Hill, SC. 

SavannahGABuckeye48's picture

Rock Hill is a beautiful place. I always stop there to gas up and grab a bite to eat while making the trip from Savannah, GA to Columbus, OH to see my parents.

chitown buckeye's picture

Love this number! Wore it in high school because of Vinnie Clark and Galloway! Thanks to all who have been doing these countdowns, always a great read! Appreciate it!

"I'm having a heart attack!"

bowthrock's picture


My wife and brother-in-law with Joey. Now that we have a daughter on the way we'll have to get another Ohio State cheerleader outfit.

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

Knarcisi's picture

That's definitely not Galloway. My guess would be Vinny Clark or Sonny Gordon. 

bowthrock's picture

After further research, talking to my father-in-law, it is Vinnie. Good call.

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Weirdly fitting that 6 OSU greats that have worn #7 have a last name that starts with the 7th letter of the alphabet (Ginn, Gamble, Germaine, Galloway, Gordon, Green).

Class of 2010.

TennesseeBuckeye's picture

Rod Gerald and he should have started the '78 season.

I may not be able to outsmart too many people, but I can outwork 'em.
Woody Hayes

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great post Remy!  Down to 7 days to go!! Just a week before kickoff.  I can't wait!.
Go Bucks!

BierStube's picture

Another fine job Remy!  If folks have not watched any of the Buckeye games from the 70's, you are really missing out!  C Green would have made a wonderful quarterback in UFM's system .. almost ahead of his time!

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

BuckeyePride's picture

What an awesome group of athletes for one number. Galloway was one of my favorite players growing up. Super fast....and then we had Teddy Ginn. 

How Firm Thy Friendship....

Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Teddy Ginn was the truest burner I have ever seen at the WR position.

pjtobin's picture

I'm glad I came back to read day number seven. What a bunch of great guys. Thanks Remy. 

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