Stafford, as I recall, was a pretty important player on that 2002 NC team.
For those who like history, there are some accomplished pre-1970 Buckeye Golden Bear gridders:
Fred ‘Curly Morrison - played end and fullback from 1947-1949, led OSU in scoring in 1949 and is a member of the Rose Bowl HOF. He was drafted #10 over all by the Bears in 1950 and played 7 seasons in the NFL for the Bears and Browns.
Robert Pitton - played tackle in 1940 before leaving for military service. Returned to OSU after serving his country, receiving his BA in Music composition. Attended UCLA to earn his Masters in Music composition. Later earned a Masters in Art Education from Rutgers University. During his life, Robert composed three symphonies and an opera, and one of his sculptures is in the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art.
Jameson Crane - Played halfback in 1945 and 1947. The Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute on campus is named after him.
Bill Nosker - Played guard at OSU from 1938-1940. Was lost in a military plane crash in Italy in 1944. An OSU dormitory was named after him, Nosker Hall. Here's a Lantern article about Nosker. https://www.thelantern.com/2014/11/bill-nosker-the-man-behind-the-dorm/
The rest: Guard Richard Tice, 1951; DE Jim Baas, 1965-1966; HB Doug Goodsell 1951-1952; Guard Campball Graf, 1937, 1939; tackle George Guthrie, 1951-1952.
It’s a lot harder to guess the final 11,then I thought is was going to be. I’d thought you would just kind of go with traditional powers and let the chips fall. I’m starting to see a lot of Columbus schools in the mix, which based on the list criteria makes sense. So here’s just a wild guess at final 11 no order. Mentor, Moeller, McKinley, Massillon, Fitch, Harding/Reserve, Ignatius, Buchtel, Trotwood, Centerville, Glenville.
The soldier is my son. The school I gone to didn’t teach much grammar.
Looks like a good list. Take off Mentor (#67) and add Dublin Coffman.
Curly Morrison wore #32?
Some decent Browns running backs have worn that number.
I love this series.
In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...
UA has won a lot more than two girls' lacrosse titles. I think they've won something like 5 in a row, and several prior to that.
The people there love their Buckeye football, but increasingly they want their kids playing lacrosse instead.
The most "loud mouth, disrespect" poster on 11W.
Schaeffer and Fraser on the same high school team? Good grief.
Proudly dispensing unbridled arrogance since 1983.
That same team also had Mr. Football, Jeff Backes. It's no wonder they won the state.
Fraser always seemed to be making plays on the DL. He was one of my favorite players in that time period.
The dude even had a university named after him.
The Golden Bear led the Golden Bears to the state golf title in 1956.
I thought that UA had won a series of state football titles (in those days there was the AP votes; there was no state football playoffs until '72) in the late 1960s under Marv Morehead. They won something like 57 out of 58 games during that period. Those teams were legendary in central Ohio (as were some very good Watterson teams, at least one of which also won a state title).
Yes you are correct...2000 was the only play-off state championship but Upper Arlington won 3 AP straight State Championships 1967,1968,1969. So Matt the correct stat is 4 State Championships for the Golden Bears.
He could have put his toe in the Shrine of Minerva
Worth noting, the UAHS football team has two former Buckeyes on their current coaching staff - Drew Basil and Doug Worthington.
Chad Cacchio deserved a write up