In 13 days Ohio State will travel to Baltimore to play Navy in the 2014 season opener. Below you will find a list of the 23 players who have worn No. 13 since 1933.
Today's featured players are Vlade Janakievski, Willie "Chico" Nelson, Damon Moore and Kenny Guiton.
Go here to read the separate article on Maurice Clarett.
Go here to see the a list of all the players who wore No. 13 since 1932 and those who were selected in the NFL Draft.
Vlade Janakievski, K (1978-1980)
Born: 1957 (Macedonia)
The Buckeyes were 27-8-1 with Janakievski on the team.
1979 Big Ten Title.
1979 All-Big Ten.
1980 All-Big Ten.
Janakievski's Ohio State career per Wikipedia:
Vlade Janakievski (born April 10, 1957) is a former American football placekicker for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a walk-on player from the soccer team who handled the placekicking duties for the Buckeyes in the 1977-1980 seasons.
During Janakievski's career at Ohio State he was the first OSU kicker to be selected twice to the All-Big Ten team. In his first year as a kicker (1977), he made all 44 of his extra point attempts, and is second all-time in extra points (172) for the Buckeyes. He set numerous records during his time playing for coaches Woody Hayes and Earle Bruce.
Janakievski finished his Buckeye career second on the Ohio State's all-time scoring list (behind Pete Johnson), with 179 career points. Nearly 20 years later he remains fifth on that list. Only Keith Byars, Dan Stultz, and Mike Nugent have since surpassed his career total.
Janakievski was selected to the Ohio State Football All-Century Team in 2000, and was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame in 2004.
Janakievski's early life and life after football per Wikipedia:
Janakievski was born in Macedonia while it was part of Yugoslavia and moved to the United States with his parents in 1967 at the age of 10.
Janakievski currently owns and operates a deli named "Easy Living Deli", located at 1355 W. Lane Ave, Columbus Oh., just a few minutes from The Ohio State University where he attended school and played for the Buckeyes.
Reynoldsburg News article on Vlade's inuction into the Varisty O Hall of Fame.
Nice documentary on Vlade and his Easy Living Deli.
Chico Nelson, SS (1990-1993)
High School: Sarasota (Sarasota, FL)
The Buckeyes were 33-12-3 with Nelson on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
Defeated BYU 28-21 to win the Holiday Bowl.
1993 All-Big Ten.
Chico famously said he wanted to attend Ohio State because of Cris Carter's red nikes and to see snow.
The following is from Sports Illustrated October 11, 1993:
The Buckeyes' reprieve—and their current return to prominence—shows that even a well-coached team needs a little luck. That's what Cooper had in recruiting strong safety Chico Nelson, who hails from Sarasota, Fla. Wooed by all the football powers in his state, Nelson chose to matriculate in Columbus.
Why? "Two reasons," he says. "I remembered seeing [former Buckeye receiver] Cris Carter on TV wearing red Nikes. I wanted to wear red Nikes. And I wanted to see snow."
Nelson, a defensive co-captain who had one of Ohio State's five interceptions on Saturday, has seen plenty of snow. His opponents have seen stars. The man is a headhunter. "In the spring game two years ago," says defensive coordinator Bill Young, "he hit [tight end] Cedric Saunders so hard, we thought he'd knocked Cedric's head off. His helmet flew off, his mouthpiece came out. It scared us all.
What Chico Nelson is doing today per Triton:
Triton would like to welcome Willie "Chico" Nelson to our team.
Willie is a 1993 marketing graduate of "The Ohio State University". While attending college, Willie work hard to become The Buckeye's Team Captain and an All Big Ten Free Safety. After college, Willie started a career in the NFL. Willie played for the Miami Dolphins, New York Jets, and the New Orleans Saints. Willie has worked closely as a team player with some of the best names the game has to offer. Eddie George, Joey Galloway, Don Shula, Dan Marino, Kirk Herbstriet, John Cooper.. etc.
Willie impressed us with a "failure is not an option" approach to reaching out and showing you why Triton is the best software in the business to run your resort.
Willie will be working closely with our head of sales, Jorge Arrazolla, to learn the intricacies of our industry.
Feel free to call Willie and help him make his mark.
We wanted to assure you that our decision to bring Chico on board had nothing to do with that awesome hit in the 1992 Ohio State/Michigan game that knocked their then quarterback, Elvis Grbac, out of the game in the first quarter. We barely even considered it. :-)
Damon Moore, SS (1994-1998)
Born: 1976 (Fostoria, Ohio)
High School: Fostoria
The Buckeyes were 52-11 with Moore on the team.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1998 Big Ten Title.
1997 Defeated Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.
1999 Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 to win the Sugar Bowl.
1996 Defeated No. 5 Notre Dame 29-16 in South Bend and No. 4 Penn State 38-7 in back-to-back weeks.
1998 All-Big Ten.
1997 All-Big Ten.
Moore and Antoine Winfield terrorized opposing offenses in the late '90s.
Damon Moore is tied for first on Ohio State's all-time record book with two interception returns for touchdowns.
He is also tied for first for intercepting three passes in one game. Moore accomplished this feat at Iowa in 1996.
Moore led the Buckeyes in tackles in 1996 (89) and 1998 (81).
One of Moore's two pick-sixes during his Buckeye career:
Kenny Guiton, QB (2010-13)
Born: 1991 (Houston, TX)
High School: Eisenhower (TX)
The Buckeyes were 43-10 with Guiton on the team.
2012 Leaders Title.
2013 Leaders Title.
2011 Defeated Arkansas 31-26 to win the Sugar Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.
Kenny Guiton's Ohio State career perohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Kenny Guiton played quarterback in 21 games as a Buckeye and started twice ... he graduated in December 2013 with his degree in family resource management and family studies.
Kenny Guiton's senior season per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Kenny was one of eight players chosen by teammates to represent the team as game captains in 2013 ... he led the Big Ten Conference in passing efficiency in 2013 (165.2), and in the process set Ohio State single season marks for efficiency and completion percentage (68.8 pct.) ...
he replaced an injured Braxton Miller early in the San Diego State game and proceeded to put up huge numbers over the next three games while leading the Buckeyes to three wins ... he threw for two touchdowns in the win over SDSU ...
in his first career start at California Sept. 14, he threw for three touchdowns in the first six minutes to spark Ohio State to a quick 21-0 lead and finished with 368 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in a 52-34 road win ...
in his second start, vs. Florida A&M, Guiton again earned Big Ten player of the week honors after throwing for a school-record six touchdown passes - all in the first half - to lead Ohio State to a 55-0 halftime lead and to an eventual 76-0 win ... he connected on 24 of 34 throws for 215 yards and one interception ...
he tied Bobby Hoying's (1994 vs. Purdue; 1995 vs. Pitt) and John Borton's (1952 vs. Washington State) record for touchdown passes when he connected with Chris Fields on a 15-yarder; he then broke the record with 13 seconds to play in the half, hitting Evan Spencer with a 15-yard completion
...he connected with Devin Smith on a school-record 90-yard touchdown pass - the longest play from scrimmage in school history - on his second throw of the game ... he also rushed for 92 yards and led Ohio State to a then three-year high 608 yards of offense ... he was named the Walter Camp national offensive player of the week and the Big Ten Conference's offensive player of the week for his efforts ...
later in the season he rushed for two touchdowns vs. Penn State and gained 98 yards and scored twice vs. Purdue.
Kenny Guiton's junior year per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
The "legend of Kenny Guiton" was authored - or at least the first chapter - on Oct. 20, 2012, when Kenny replaced an injured Miller and saved the Buckeyes' 12-0 season with a last-minute TD and two-point conversion drive vs. Purdue ...
Guiton's stats - 6 of 11 passing for 77 yards with one touchdown and one interception - can't touch the magnitude of his efforts that day ... undefeated Ohio State was trailing Purdue, 22-14, with 47 seconds to play and the ball at the Ohio State 31 ...
Guiton completed passes of 39 yards to Devin Smith and 8 yards to Evan Spencer to get Ohio State to the Purdue 11 ... with eight seconds left he found Chris Fields for a two-yard scoring pass to bring the Buckeyes within two ... he then completed a two-point conversion pass to Jeff Heuerman for the game-tying score ...
in overtime, he completed a 17-yard pass to Jake Stoneburner on second-and-10, and then calmly finished off the Buckeyes' five-play, game-winning touchdown drive ... finishing was Guiton's job in 2012 ... he either finished off a touchdown drive started by Miller or led the Buckeyes on a touchdown drive in eight of his 15 series at quarterback.
Guiton's comeback against Purdue to preserve the undefeated season in 2012:
103 days until The Game.