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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 95

Matt Gutridge's picture
May 29, 2018 at 9:50am

Hopefully you have had enough time to recover after your weekend of devouring massive amounts of grilled meat and numerous adult beverages. Not because you have to work today, but because we are now 95 days away from Ohio State's season opener against Oregon State.

Today, let's shed light on the 24 players who have worn the No. 95. This article will cover the careers of John Karcherski, Sian Cotton and Cameron Johnston.

Today's Trivia Questions

Can you name the NBA All-Star that Sian Cotton was a teammate with in high school?

Before 2013 when was the last season a player earned a letter wearing the No. 95? 

How many players who have worn the No. 95 have been drafted in the NFL Draft?

Players Who Wore No. 95 At Ohio State
Jerold Fedderson 1943                   1943
Ray Kelsey 1945                   1945
John Stungis* 1946                   1946
August George 1965-66                    
Gary Lago* 1970                   1970
Randall Patton 1971                    
Charles Baxter 1972                    
Richard Applegate* 1974-75                   1974-75
Brian Lewis 1977                    
Larry Phillips 1978-81                    
Darryl Lee 1983-86                   1983-86
Brian Stukey 1984-85                    
John Karcherksi 1987-91       1991           1987-91
Matt Manifold 1987                    
Jimmie Bell 1992-97                   1996-97
Rick Huntzinger* 1993                    
Scott Simindinger* 1997                   1997
David Thompson 1998-02                   2001-02
Sian Cotton 2004-05                    
Chris Rietschlin 2007-08                    
Don Matheney 2009-11                    
Se'von Pittman 2012                    
Cameron Johnston 2013-16           2016       2013-16
Blake Haubeil 2017                   2017

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 95

John Kacherski

Ohio State
1991 started at OLB

1991 captain

1992, he was on the Broncos roster for 7 games

Sian Cotton (DL 2003-05)
High School:
Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary

Ohio State
Never started and saw little playing time
Left Ohio State after 2005 season

Played basketball with LeBron James at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's
Injured foot at LeBron James' house before 2006 season
Finished career at Walsh University in Canton

What happened to Sian Cotton after he left Ohio State? An excerpt from
cleveland.com article from 2008: 

...he's made a commitment to continue pursuing his dream of playing in the NFL -- even though he's now 23 years old, has kicked around through three universities, and hadn't started a college game until he reached the NAIA level.

"I just love to play football and I'm not ready to give up the dream," Cotton said. "I still want to have a shot."

He thought that shot would come with Ohio State, the school he chose after heavy recruiting from Florida. But after he redshirted his freshman year in 2003 and saw limited time his first two seasons, he grew impatient.

"We tried to tell him he had to wait his turn," said his father, Lee Cotton Sr. "That they're just loaded and that's how it is. I guess he wanted to move on. He wanted to get on the field and he didn't want to wait anymore."

He wasn't committed then either, Cotton admits. Not to football, not to classes. He spent too much time outside the classroom, not enough time working on his game.

"A lot of it was my fault," Cotton said. "Things didn't go the way I wanted them to go." So his Buckeyes defensive coach, Jim Heacock, helped him transfer to Youngstown State, where Heacock's younger brother, Jon, coaches.

Before heading to Youngstown, Cotton was celebrating one last bit of summer fun with his high school buddy LeBron James, when he inadvertently altered his football plans. Cotton said he and James were four-wheeling through James' property, spraying each other with water guns, when Cotton flipped his ATV. He suffered a gash on his left foot that needed 25 stitches to close.

But the cut didn't heal properly, and Cotton needed a skin graft and more than a year off his foot before he was able to play football again.

Cameron Johnston
 1992 (Geelong, Australia)
High School: St. Joseph's

Ohio State
Started as a 21-year-old freshman last year.
Finished his career with the highest punt average in a game (57.0 against Illinois in 2013), fourth for average in a season (46.2, 2016) and second for career punting average (44.9).
Entering 2017, Johnston had the most punts downed inside the 20 for a season (31, 2013) and for a career (109). The Aussie also had 26 punts downed inside the 20 in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

2016 All-B1G
2016 Ray Guy Finalist
2013 Ray Guy Award Semifinalist

Ran track and played cricket in Australia

Excerpt From the 2016 Ohio State Team Guide:

Cameron Johnston has been one of the outstanding punters in the nation the past three years and he enters his senior season a legitimate candidate for post-season honors and the Ray Guy Award … Johnston has helped the Buckeyes’ lead the Big Ten in net punting in each of the past three years and to national rankings of fifth, fifth and 15th in 2013, 2014 and 2015, respectively … Johnston has led the Big Ten in punting in 2013 and 2014 with averages of 44.0 and 45.1 yards, respectively, and he was second last year with an average of 43.9 … his career average of 44.3 ranks third all-time at Ohio State and it complements nicely his three school records for punts inside the 20 for a career (83) and season (31 in 2015), and his 57.0 yards per punt game average vs. Illinois in 2014 … he has produced eight games with over a 50-yard punting average … led the nation – unofficially, according to stats produced by the FBS SIDs – in 2013 in percentage of punts downed inside the 20 and 10 and was second in both categories in 2014 … graduated in August with his degree in sport industry.

No. 95 In The NFL Draft: Zero.
It is surprising that not one player that has worn the No. 95 for Ohio State has been selected in the NFL Draft. The talented Cameron Johnston wasn't even able to put an end to the drought. Of all the great defensive linemen to play at Ohio State and Blake Haubeil, a kicker, might be the first player wearing No. 95 to get drafted.

Today's Trivia Answers

Can you name the NBA All-Star that Sian Cotton was a teammate with in high school?
Answer: LeBron James was Sian Cotton's teammate at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary's.

Before 2013 when was the last season a player earned a letter wearing the No. 95? 
Answer: David Thompson in 2002.

How many players who have worn the No. 95 have been drafted in the NFL Draft?
Answer: Zero.

178 days until The Game and That Team still sucks.


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