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Countdown: 64 Days Until Ohio State Football (Forum Edition)

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June 27, 2014 at 3:41pm
1964 Helmet

In 64 days Ohio State opens the 2014 season at Navy. Below you will find a list of the 31 players who have worn No. 64 for Ohio State. Today's featured players are Aurealius Thomas and Jim Lachey.

If you missed any of this week's articles:

No. 65, No. 66, No. 67, No. 68, No. 69 and No. 70.

Today's Trivia Question:
Who is Jim Lachey's radio partner for Ohio State football games?

The list of players who wore No. 64 is here.

The players who wore No. 64 and were selected in the NFL Draft is here.


Aurelius "Reedy" Thomas

Aurelius "Reedy" Thomas, OG and DT (1955-57)
Born: 1934 (Mukogee, Oklahoma)
High School: West (Columbus)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 22-6 with Thomas on the team.
1957 National Champions.
1957 Big Ten Title.
1955 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Oregon 10-7 to win the 1958 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1957 All-American.
1957 All-Big Ten.
1989 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
1992 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.

Selected in the 22nd round of the 1957 NFL Draft by the Steelers.

Aurelius Thomas' path to Ohio State per westhighalumni.com:

He's a football player?

Thomas almost didn't get to play at OSU, but legendary West coach M.E. "Mack" Pemberton intervened and personally took him to meet Coach Woody Hayes. 

At the time, Thomas played both offensive and defensive tackle and weighed only 190 pounds. Coach Hayes liked his tackles to weigh about 250 pounds and be taller than Thomas. Hayes turned him down, but Thomas attended the summer football camp where he impressed the coaching staff so much with his skills and performance that Hayes changed his mind, and the rest is history! 

Aurelius Thomas after football per footballfoundation.org:

Coach Thomas

After graduation, Thomas taught and coached seven years. In the first year he was an assistant on the Woody Hayes staff at Ohio State. Then he coached East High School in Columbus. His last team at East, in 1964, had a 9-0 record. 

He left coaching as a winner and started a career with New York Life Insurance. After 16 years, he left to start his own insurance brokerage in Columbus, Ohio.

Thomas had a long list of credits for community service - past president, Columbus Recreation Board; adviser, Small Business Group for Southern Ohio; trustee, Ohio State Varsity "0" Association; trustee, Ohio State University Student Loan Foundation; president, Columbus Leadership Conference; volunteer agent, United Negro College Fund.

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, footballfoundation.org,  thebuckeyebattlecry.com,westhighalumni.com and Wikipedia

Jim Lachey

Jim Lachey (1981-84)
Born: 1963 (St. Henry, Ohio)
High School: St. Henry

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 36-12 with Lachey on the team.
Ohio State went 9-3 every year Lachey played.
1981 Big Ten Title.
1984 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Navy 31-28 to win the 1981 Liberty Bowl.
Defeated BYU 47-17 to win the 1982 Holiday Bowl.
Defeated BYU 10-7 to win the 1985 Citrus Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.


Lachey All-American

1984 All-American.
1984 All-Big Ten.
1987 Pro Bowl.
1989 All-Pro.
1990 All-Pro.
1990 Pro Bowl.
1991 All-Pro
1991 Pro Bowl.

Defeated the Buffalo Bills 37-24 in Super Bowl XXVI as a member of the Washington Redskins.
Selected in the first round (12th pick) of the 1985 NFL Draft by the Chargers.


On the Radio

Color commentator for Ohio State home games on 97.1 and the Buckeye Radio Network.

Coached the Columbus Destroyers to Arena Bowl XXI in 2007.

A snippet from an article written by Joe Beale of Eleven Warriors on 8-21-2009:

In 1984, Lachey became a full-time starter at LG as Lowdermilk was moved to center. He was a well-established mainstay on a veteran offensive line that would be the anchor for the team. After the shaky start against Oregon State, the offense rolled along behind the experienced leaders on the line.

Byars rushed for 1,764 yards and 22 TDs, and amassed a school-record 2441 all-purpose yards. Byars and Lachey were both named first team All-Americans, and Byars finished 2nd in the Heisman Trophy voting. Lachey played his entire career at guard for Ohio State, but in the NFL his future would be on the outside. 

Sources- The Ohio State Team Guide, Joe Beale of elevenwarriors.com, 97.1thefan.com and Wikipedia

Today's Trivia Answer:
Who is Jim Lachey's radio partner for Ohio State football games?
Paul "The Voice of the Buckeyes" Keels.

The Game

154 days until The Game.

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