Remy's picture
August 25, 2013 at 11:33p

Throughout the years of Ohio State football, 27 players have worn the number 5.

Today's article will cover the careers of James Laughlin, Michael Wiley and Braxton Miller.

Players who wore No. 5 that you might have forgot about:
Sammy Maldonado, Mike D'Andrea, Albert Dukes and Chimdi Chekwa.

Current Buckeyes Wearing No. 5:

Braxton Miller (QB)

Awards and Honors won by players while wearing No. 5:
One Big Ten MVP- Braxton Miller (2012)
One Captain- James Laughlin (1979)
Two Team MVPs- James Laughlin (1979) and Braxton Miller (2012)
Two All Big Ten members- James Laughlin and Michael Wiley (1998)
Seven Academic All-Big Ten selections- James Laughlin (1979), Karl Edwards (1982, 1983), Joey Galloway (1991), Chimdi Chekwa (2008, 2009), Taurian Washington (2008).

Today's Trivia Question:

What high school did Braxton Miller take to the state title game in 2010?

What is the name of the quarterback "guru" Braxton Miller worked with this summer?

Answer at the bottom of the article.


James Laughlin (LB) Captain

"Laughlin, was one in a long line of standout Linebackers to have played for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

As a team captain during his senior year (1979), Laughlin (along with Ernie Andria) had a share in a blocked punt against Michigan during the final
moments of the game, which was returned for a touchdown by Todd Bell. The play put the Buckeyes on top 18-15, sending the team to the 1980 Rose Bowl.

He was the eighth pick in the 4th round of the 1980 NFL Draft (91st overall) by the Atlanta Falcons." source


Michael Wiley (RB)

Wiley led the Buckeyes in rushing in both the 1998 and 1999 seasons.

He ranks 8th on Ohio State's all-time career rushing list with 2,951 yards (5.8 per carry) and 27 touchdowns.

Wiley started the scoring in 1998's 31-16 win in The Game.

Against Missouri, in 1998, Wiley rushed for a career high 209 yards.

He finished his career with ten 100+ yard rushing games.

Wiley was drafted by the Cowboys in fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft.

He owned a bar in Columbus called the After Five Lounge and is currently a manager at Kroger.

A nice article from the Lantern about Wiley's life after football.



Braxton Miller (QB)

Braxton Miller already has his name all over Ohio State's record book.

By the time he graduates he could be considered the best quarterback in Ohio State's history.

The following is from this year's Media Guide:

"Ohio State Overview: After running, passing and leading the
Buckeyes to a 12-0 season in 2012 with a school-record 3,310
yards of total offense a
nd a fifth-place finish in the Heisman Trophy
voting, Braxton Miller enters the 2013 season as a significant
player to watch on the national scene …

a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
(along with Texas A&M’sJohnny Manziel and Kansas State’s Collin Klein)
and the Manning Award (one of 10) last year, Miller threw for 2,039 yards and 15
touchdowns and rushed for a school-quarterback record (and
second-most in Big Ten history) 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns

He ranked second in the Big Ten in 2012 in total offense (275.8 ypg),
fourth in rushing (and24th nationally at 105.9 ypg) and fourth in passing efficiency …

Miller’s fine sophomore campaign has positioned him among Ohio
State’s all-time greats in a number of categories, including passing
(11th with 3,198 yards), rushing (22nd with 1,986 yards), total
offense (10th with 5,184 yards) and touchdowns responsible for (7th
with 48) …

Miller has a high game of 249 yards passing (vs. Cal in
2012) and he has nine 100-yard rushing games with highs of 186
yards vs. Nebraska (2012),
161 yards vs. Miami (2012) and 149 vs.
Indiana (2012) …

He also has six games with 300-or-more yards of
total offense (including a school-record tying five in 2012), t
by his 390-yard effort vs. Cal in 2012 …

Miller enters 2013 with 26 rushes of 20-or-more yards, including five over
50 yards (81/TD vs. Indiana in 2011; 72 vs. Nebraska in 2012; 67/TD vs. Indiana in
2012; 65/TD vs. Miami in 2012; 55/TD vs. Cal in 2012) … perhaps
the best Braxton Miller note is this, though: during Ohio State’s
12-0 campaign he led the team to a touchdown EVERY TIME the
Buckeyes needed one most:

1. After 10-win Central Florida tied the score at 10-all, Miller scored
from the 6 with 15 seconds to play in the first half of a game the
Buckeyes would win, 31-16;

2. .Miller rallied the Buckeyes twice vs. Cal; after trailing, 21-20, in
the fourth quarter (TD pass to Jake Stoneburner) and again after
Cal tied the score at 28-all, hitting Devin Smith with a 72-yard
score with 3:26 left to play;

3. He drove Ohio State for scores after Alabama-Birmingham took
a 9-0 lead and again after UAB led 12-7; Miller’s 12-yard TD run
gave Ohio State the lead for good, 14-12, in the 29-15 win;

4. Miller found Devin Smith in stride for a 63-yard touchdown
moments after 20th-ranked Michigan State went up 13-10 late in
the third quarter;

5. After 20th-ranked Nebraska went up 17-7 in the second quarter,
Miller exploded on a 72-yard rush to the Cornhusker 3 that set up
a Carlos Hyde score, the first of four consecutive OSU TDs;


6. He burst 67 yards for a touchdown after Indiana had closed to
within 24-17, and he led a TD drive after IU came to within 31-24
in the third quarter;

7. After Purdue led, 6-0, Miller scored on an 8-yard run, and after
Purdue led, 13-7, he directed an 80-yard TD drive;

8. After Penn State led, 7-0, late in the first half, Miller’s 33-yard
gain set OSU up first-and goal and the team converted, and after
PSU closed to within 14-10, Miller scored on a highlight-reel
touchdown from the 1 to give OSU a 21-10 lead on the way to a
35-23 win on the road in front of more than 107,000;

9. Miller rushed for 12 of the 25 yards during the overtime drive for
a TD against Wisconsin; and

10..Two series after Michigan took a 14-10 lead, Miller connected
with Corey Brown on an 18-yard touchdown pass play to put the
Buckeyes up 17-14 in a game the Buckeyes would win, 26-21."

Today's Trivia Question:

What high school did Braxton Miller take to the state title game in 2010?

Answer: Wayne High School (Huber Heights, Ohio)

What is the name of the quarterback "guru" Braxton Miller worked with this summer?

Answer: George Whitfield Jr.


The Chase is on:



In Five Days:



pjtobin's picture

Thanks for the adrenalin boost, Remy. After reading how good XBRAX was last year! I hope he does as well or better this year. What a great time to be a Buckeye!! Thanks Remy. 

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

Baroclinicity's picture

Well done.  Getting closer!

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

TheShookster's picture

Q: What does the number 5 stand for?
a) Braxton's number
b) Braxton's total passing TD in the first half this Saturday
c) Streak of September Heismans for TSUN
A: All of the above

He ain't even stretch doe!!

BuckeyePride's picture

I remember Wiley being super fast. 

How Firm Thy Friendship....