Yesterday's double boom was a welcome distraction from the lull of the off-season. Hopefully these daily countdowns will be able to pacify you until the season finally starts at Navy in 58 days. Below you will find a list with the 29 players who have worn No. 58 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Tom Waugh and Steve Tovar.
Today's Trivia Questions:
Who was the first player recruited by John Cooper to be named an All-American?
Steve Tovar is one of three Ohio State players to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years. Who are the other players to achieve this feat?
Tom Waugh, Center (1976-79)
The Buckeyes were 36-10-2 with Waugh on the team.
1 point away from winning the 1979 National Championship.
1979 Big Ten Title.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1976 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Colorado 27-10 to win the 1977 Orange Bowl.
1979 Team Captain.
1979 All-Big Ten.
Steve Tovar, LB (1989-92)
Born: 1970 (Elyria)
The Buckeyes were 31-15-2 with Tovar on the team.
Played in four bowl games.
Tovar is 4th on Ohio State's all-time list for career tackles and career solo tackles.
1992 Team Captain.
1992 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
1992 All-Big Ten.
1991 All-Big Ten.
1990 All-Big Ten.
2001 Inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.
Tovar's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
Steve Tovar was another in the great line of Ohio State linebackers. A two-time All-America selection in 1991 and 1992, he had the distinction of being the first of 21 players recruited by John Cooper to earn All-America status at Ohio State.
Tovar led Ohio State in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1990-92), one of only two Buckeyes ever to accomplish that feat. In his senior year, Tovar was elected team co-captain and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors (selected by the conference coaches) after recording 128 tackles. A three-time all-Big Ten selection, Tovar ranked fourth in school history with 414 total tackles and 239 solo tackles.
The Elyria, Ohio, native was a third-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1993 NFL Draft. After playing eight years in the NFL, Tovar began a career in college coaching. He was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
Steve Tovar's coaching career per Wikipedia:
Tovar spent the 2004 and 2005 football seasons with the Army Black Knights, coaching linebackers under head coach Bobby Ross. He then joined the Miami Dolphins staff, under coach Nick Saban. In 2007, Tovar joined the coaching staff of University of Kansas Jayhawks under Mark Mangino aslinebackers coach. Following the 2008 season, Tovar was replaced at Kansas by Louisville's Bill Miller.
Tovar's biography while coaching at Army.
Today's Trivia Answer:
Who was the first player recruited by John Cooper to be named an All-American? Steve Tovar. Cooper coached 21 All-Americans that he recruited.
Steve Tovar is one of three Ohio State players to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years. Who are the other players to achieve this feat? AJ Hawk (2003-05) and James Laurinaitis (2006-08).
148 days until The Game.
Steve Tovar and Courtland Bullard are the only Buckeyes who wore No. 58 to get selected in the NFL Draft.