No disrespect to Karl Coles, but I'd have gone with Ken Fritz here.
Hindsight is, and in, 2020
He's not listed on the official site as having worn the number.
Yep. My bad...Fritz was 56.
Belay my last, getting ahead of myself - apologies to Karl Coles.
John Biltz, All Big Ten Guard, 1950. Not too much more info that I was able to dig up on him though.
Tom Bugle, All Big Ten Linebacker, 1964. Another HS QB converted to All-Star performance at another position.
Go here to read about Thomas James, Thomas Bugel and a list of the other 30 players to wear No. 66.
These are fun reads, even the numbers without the same level of collective accolades. But anyone that played in an OSU uniform had to be way better than good.
Beat everyone, in every sport, all the time!!!
...and it helps us pass the time to kickoff!!
Life is full of choices. Make good ones.
Again its an age thing. Tommy James.
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This no. like a few others recently (at least since I've tuned in to the series) is difficult to separate out one person because of the paucity of the formal accolades. But, I think this choice is right in terms of performance recognition, team performance (such as flexibility for the team's benefit), and time with the no. Seriously I hope he's dropped that weight if he hasn't kept the build. Cooper's teams were typically very athletic, so Coles' successful position and physical changes, all considered, are really significant... And I also say, I really like Coopers' players, particularly those that gutted out those tough transition years and rebuilt the franchise with their new coach. I thought of of AiC 'Down in a Hole' more than once, back then.
"A lot of dead people wish they were out here right now."
Just to add, I distinctly remember Cooper's comment about speed and strength and the lack thereof, when he'd just started. He prioritized that, that being S&C, and it really changed the profile of the team. It was a great lesson and i Think Meyer is hyper discipline of such thinking. I also remember the special emphasis Cooper placed on defensive skill positions--the DB positions especially. He wanted athletes. The unspeakable failures aside (so glad I can laugh now), Cooper contributed a lot to this program's legacy of excellence.
That the best photo of this man is a grainy team pic speaks volumes about how the world has changed.
Life is short. Filled with stuff.
Tom Bugel was no slouch and would likely be my pick. The year he made 1st team All Big 10 the other 2 LBs were Ike Kelley his team mate and one Dick Butkus.
That 1964 defense had 4 shutouts and gave up 66 total points in 9 games only once more than 20