Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 88

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Seattle Linga's picture

Tons of facts and figures Matt - thanks. Paul Allen is a radio announcer for the Vikings - do you know if he's the same Paul Allen that played for the Buckeyes in the 80's?

Go get'em Cal Poppy - we are behind you !!

It's not a rivalry .............. it's a wreckoning.

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Andrew Lind's picture

Freshman tight end Jeremy Ruckert will be wearing No. 88 this year.

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Matt Gutridge's picture

Andrew,
Thanks. Can you send me the latest 2018 roster?

mockjocks's picture

This is great stuff, thanks Matt! I guessed right on the where Hartsock got drafted, I feel good about myself now haha.

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Crumbs's picture

I would put Steve Miller #1 personally, just for the pick 6 agains bama, I wouldn't care if he didn't play a down before that play or after....

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IH8UOFM's picture

Man, what a memory that was. Wasn't Stevie a 5* coming outta HS? Dude had so much potential.

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NW Buckeye's picture

Tough choice between DeCree and Stan White for the best 88.  While DeCree was the more decorated player (awards), Stan was the heart and soul of the defense, a true leader.  His pre-snap reads were correct more than 90% of the time, and he made adjustments for the entire defense.  He had the respect of everyone on the team because of his football smarts. Stan took Gradishar under his wing and coached him to be an excellent LB. 

DeCree was a beast who could dominate from his position.  Excellent quickness as well as strength.

While some of you young Bucks may pine for a more recent player, both Van and Stan deserve credit for their excellent play at OSU. 

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Browns88's picture

I wore 88 in high school football  TE and caught 4 touchdowns in 1 game

Browns88

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lostbuckfan's picture

Agree very much with NW Buckeye's observations.  

Stan White left OSU after the 1971 season as the all time leading tackler, and set the stage for the great linebackers that overlapped and followed (Gradishar, Middleton and Koegel to start).  I also seem to recall Stan's being not only a linebacker but doing double duty as a kicker - he did kickoffs and extra points in between Jim Roman and Fred Schram if my memory is accurate.  (Please anyone correct).

Worth also noting that over his eleven seasons in the NFL, Stan White was a tremendous ballhawk with 34 interceptions and 49 turnovers, which ranks third all time among NFL linebackers (only Ray Lewis and Jack Ham have more), and received various all conference and all NFL recognition.   He was picked on the Colts all-time team as a linebacker, something I would guess most Buckeye fans today don't know. 

Go Bucks!

and can't wait for 87 more...

Lostbuckfan

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