Remy's picture
August 4, 2013 at 12:57p

*This is Andy Vance's series, just trying to fill in today*

Although there are still 28 days until the opening game against Buffalo, the 2013 season officially started for the Ohio State football team. Fall Camp opened this morning and the first steps of The Chase have been taken. 

Warren Ball is the current Buckeye sporting the number 28. Will he continue the tradition of number 28 being a Wolverine slayer?


Throughout the years there have been at least 28 players to wear the number 28 during their playing days at Ohio State. Two of those players became captains. 

In 1971, strong safety, Harry Howard became the first, and only, player to wear the number 28 as a captain. Howard was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 9th round of the 1972 draft

William G. Hackett wore 28 as a freshman, but donned 96 when he played guard as a captain in 1945. Hackett earned All Big Ten and All American honors in 1944. Hackett was drafted by Green Bay in the 13th round of the 1945 draft


Maurice Hall earned Academic All Big Ten honors three times (2002-2004). In 2004 Hall set Ohio State's kick return record. After his playing days He could be seen on NBC 4 covering the Buckeyes. Today he is acting in various plays and tv roles.


Maurice Hall also made this game winning play against That Team in 2002:

*Thanks to AWarren84 for the link to the photograph.

Video of Hall's run:

Rose Bowl Bound


Jonathan Wells donned 28 from 1998-2001.

"Wells played college football with the Ohio State Buckeyes. Despite starting only 15 of 45 career games, he carried 479 times for 2,381 yards and 27 TDs, ranking 13th on the school’s all-time rushing yards list. He was drafted in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans.

He is most remembered by Buckeye fans for his 129 yards rushing 3 touchdown performance against Michigan, to help the Buckeyes beat the 11th-ranked Wolverines 26–20 in Jim Tressel's first year as head coach. (2001 Season) His effort helped snap an Ohio State 6 game losing streak at Michigan Stadium, getting a win there for the first time since 1987. He was named the Ohio State Buckeye's 2001 Season MVP." Source



Beanie Wells 2006-2008

Christopher "Beanie" Wells came out of high school as a highly ranked running back. Beanie's career at Ohio State did not disappoint.

As a freshman Beanie rushed for 576 yards (5.5 ypc) and seven touchdowns. His most memorable carry of that season was his 52 yard touchdown on a late Saturday in November.

52 yard touchdown

In 2007 Beanie had the backfield all to himself and rushed for 1,609 yards (5.9 ypc) and 15 touchdowns. When playing TTUN Beanie saved his best for last. Wells gained 222 yards rushing and two touchdowns against the Wolverines. That total is more than any other Ohio State running back in The Game.

His 62 yard touchdown in 2007


2008 was Beanie's last season with Ohio State. Great expectations were placed on Wells going into the season, but a foot injury against Youngstown State placed him on the sidelines for three games. Beanie finished the season with 1,197 yards (5.8 ypc) and 8 touchdowns.

Again Beanie created nightmares for That Team. He rushed for 134 yards (including a 59 yard touchdown) on 15 carries as the Buckeyes won 42-7

Beanie rushed for 412 yards (7.0 ypc) and four touchdowns in the three games he played against Michigan.


After the season Beanie was drafted with the 31st pick of the first round by the Arizona Cardinals. 2011 was his best season with the team when he rushed for 1,047 yards (4.3 ypc) and 10 touchdowns. 

There you have it, number 28. The number I will always associate with great games against That Team.


Mirror Lake Jump's picture

Crazy to see how the number 28 has always been donned by a contributor over the last decade. Great write up!

Hovenaut's picture

Another fine number with some history to it, here's to Warren Ball adding to the legacy.

Good work Remy, thanks for filling in again.

We have filled the Braxton Miller position.

Remy's picture

Mirror Lake Jump and Hovenaut,
Thank you for the kind words. It was fun reading and reliving the careers of Wells, Hall and Beanie.
This little write-up took about 1.5 hours to complete.
Andy's Countdowns are much more in-depth and I can only imagine how much time he puts into them.
Looking forward to reading Mr. Vance's Countdowns for numbers 27-1.
I agree with you Hovenaut, I hope Warren Ball can continue the recent No. 28 tradition.

"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

Big Shoes to fill Mr. Ball!!  Hope you are up to it!
& Thank you Remy!

ONE Not Done!

Baroclinicity's picture

Yours was better than mine!
Well done!

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

awarren84's picture

Mo Hall scored a TD against *ichigan...but that was actually Will Allen who picked off that pass in that picture. 

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

Remy's picture

Nice catch by you and Will Allen.
When I searched for "Maurice Hall game winning touchdown M*chigan" that's the picture I found.
Didn't see the 26 and Matt Wilhelm's 35 jersey in the photo. 26/28 close enough, right? I kid.
After spending the last half hour searching bing and yahoo I cannot find a picture of Mo Hall's touchdown in 2002 The Game.
If anybody finds his game winning touchdown online could you please post/send me the link. Thanks.
Although Allen did not wear 28, I'll keep the photo in this piece because of that play's importance to Ohio State football.

"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

awarren84's picture

its all good. haha

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

That has to be Hall... why would a bunch of offensive players (Olivea, Hartsock, etc... ) be celebrating in the endzone after an interception? Also, Will Allen's interception was at about the 5 yard line... I doubt he ran back into the endzone to celebrate after going down.
EDIT: MY BAD... I thought you guys were talking about the big picture... not the little one under it... sorry!!!

awarren84's picture

This is Hall. He was looking for a picture of Hall's game winning TD.

"Anything less than flagrant is just playing grab ass!"

Knarcisi's picture

#28, a scUM scorcher over the past 15 years.  Ha.

Idaho Helga's picture

Great fill in.   Thanks!  As the numbers get lower it will get more interesting.  Not as interesting as /media/spy information from the practice fields, but still, (insert Billy Crystal voice doing an impression) atsa, very, veryy, veryy, nice-a.
Keep up the good work!

Idaho Helga's picture

P.S. #27 is Sooooo easy.  And you should go have lunch or dinner and a beer there today in his honor.  #EddiieGeorgeGrill

thekornidentity's picture

It's really awesome that we have 11W users that are willing to take the time to write up these fascinating articles. Bravo!

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

DaytonBuck1980's picture

+1 greatest internet community in the history of internets!

Still not giving a damn for the whole state of Michigan. 

buckeyeEddie27's picture

But didn't someone say Beanie was soft?  How could he get all those yards if he was soft?  Soft guys don't just run all over ttun at will, how is this possible?    

I know there's a game Saturday, and my ass will be there.

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Some awesome players wore 28!  Beanie was a beast!!

pjtobin's picture

After beanies freshman year game against SCum I went and picked my dad and I up #28 jerseys for Christmas. It was money well spent. I got mine for half off after buying his. And they were on clearance. He wore that jersey to the last game we attended together. We got our pictures taken with tress in the background. When dad passed we cropped that picture and used it in his obituary. The jersey is in a frame now hanging on a wall in my game room. Along with every ticket to every game we went to. He had saved them all. He put the ticket inside of program he purchased for each game. And kept them all in his dresser. I have them now. All put up for safe keeping. 

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