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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 92

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June 1, 2018 at 7:56am

We are 92 days away from Ohio State's opening game noon banger against Oregon State. To celebrate, today's article will list the 31 players who wore No. 92 for Ohio State and cover the careers of Matt Finkes and Adolphus Washington. 

Today's Trivia Questions

Matt Finkes was an All-Ohio football player and state champion heavyweight wrestler in high school. What track and field event did he place 4th in the state in?

Can you name the NFL team that drafted Matt Finkes in the 1997 NFL Draft?

Players Who Wore No. 92 At Ohio State
Marlin Amling* 1942                   1943
Raymond Stackhouse 1943                   1943
Ernest Cottrell 1944                   1944
Donald Nichols 1945                    
Michael Perrotti 1946                    
Edward Bilkie 1950                   1950
William Ashton 1952-53                    
Lalo Blazeff 1954                    
James Rowland 1959                   1959
Dennis Howman 1963-64                    
John Stowe 1968                   1968
Roger Burrows 1970                   1970
Gary Lago* 1971-72                   1971-72
Thomas Battista 1973-74                   1973-74
Greg Belko* 1975                    
Joel Laser* 1976-78                    
Eric Barnard 1979                    
Gene Hulshult* 1982                    
Reggie Graves* 1983-85                   1983-85
Ken Coleman 1987-90                   1987-90
Therone McQueen 1991-92                    
Matt Finkes 1993-96           1995, 1996   1997   1993-96
Paul Breed 1997                    
Brent Welch 2000                    
Andrew Schabo* 2001                    
Tim Schafer 2002-03                   2003
Brett Daly 2004-07                 2007 2007
Todd Denlinger 2005-09                 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 2006-09
William McCary 2010-11                    
Adolphus Washington 2012-15     2015         2016   2012-15
Tyler Durbin 2016                   2016
Haskell Garrett                      

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 92

Matt Finkes
 1975 (Piqua, Ohio)
High School: Piqua

Ohio State
Ohio State went 41-8-1 during his career.
59.0 career tackles for loss (2nd all-time).
25.0 career sacks (4th all-time) and 170 sack yards lost (5th all-time).
1994 had 80 sack yards (1st all-time at the time, now 5th all-time).
1994 recorded 100 tackles for loss yards (2nd at the time, now 8th all-time).
1994 made 11.0 sacks (2nd at the time, now 6th all-time).

1992 Ohio North / South Game MVP.
1993 Second Team All-American.
1994 Third Team All-American.
1994 All-Big Ten.
1996 All-Big Ten.
1996 Second Team All-American.
1996 Bill Willis Award.
1996 Most Valuable Defensive Player.
1996 East / West Shrine Game MVP.
Defensive MVP Florida Citrus Bowl.

1993 Division I Heavyweight wrestling state champion.
1993 placed 4th in the state finals in high hurdles.
2006-Today he is an assistant coach for St. Paris Graham wrestling (won five straight state team titles).

The Book Ends
Matt Finkes and Mike Vrabel are the best defensive end tandem Ohio State has ever had on the field at the same time. From 1993-1996 the duo wreaked havoc on opposing team's backfields. I will let the numbers do the talking for them:

Career Stats For Matt Finkes and Mike Vrabel
Stat Categerory Finkes Vrabel Combined
Sacks 25.0 (3) 36.0 (1) 61
Sack Yards 170 (4) 245 (1) 415
Tackles For Loss 59.0 (2) 66.0 (1) 125
TFL Yards 265 (3) 349 (1) 614

( ) Career Ranking at Ohio State

High School
In 1993, his senior year, Finkes placed fourth in the high hurdles at the State of Ohio Track and Field Championships. Earlier that year he won the Division I state wrestling championship as a heavyweight and made the Junior World Team. He was also a decent football player who earned a scholarship to play at Ohio State.

Ohio State
Finkes was a winner at Ohio State as well. The Buckeyes were 41-8-1 when he played on the team from 1993-1996. During that time the defense held opponents to 15 points per game and had five shut-outs. The 1996 defense holds Ohio State's record for tackles for loss yards in a season with 507 yards.

Matt Finkes also made his mark on the Ohio State record book as an individual. In 1994 he set the all-time record with 80 sack yards lost (he is now 4th). That season he also recorded 11 sacks, which at the time placed him 2nd all-time (he is now 5th). Finkes is also ranked third all-time with 25.0 sacks for his career.

The Carolina Panthers drafted Matt Finkes in the 6th round of the 1997 draft. He was then traded to the New York Jets where he played through 1999. Finkes was on the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars between 1999 and 2001.

Adolphus Washington
High School: Taft (Cincinnati)

Ohio State
1st Team All-American (2015)
2015 49 tacklles, 7 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 FR, 1 FF and 1 INT for TD.
2014 48 tackles, 10.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks and 1 FF
2013 36 tackles, 4 TFL and 2 sacks.
2012 5.5 tackles, 3 sacks.

High School Honors
Parade Magazine All-American.
U.S. Army All-American.
Division III co-defensive player of the year.
First-Team Associated Press All-State selection.

Switched to DT from DE.

Adolphus Washington's Ohio State career per The 2015 Ohio State Media Guide:

Adolphus Washington is a true junior who has played in 22 games and started five times … he is once again healthy after being slowed throughout last season with a groin issue … that’s a good thing, because Washington can be a really fine player and his presence in the lineup reinforces Ohio State’s already-noteworthy defensive line … he enters his junior campaign with 45 career tackles and 7.5 tackles-for-loss, including five quarterback sacks … Washington has been named an OSU Scholar-Athlete and is majoring in sport industry.

No. 92 In The NFL Draft
Today's Trivia Answers

Matt Finkes was an All-Ohio football player and state champion heavyweight wrestler in high school. What track and field event did he place 4th in the state in?

Answer: The High Hurdles.

Can you name the NFL team that drafted Matt Finkes in the 1997 NFL Draft?
Answer: The Carolina Panthers. Finkes was the first Buckeye ever selected by the Panthers.

Previous Numbers
99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90

175 days until The Game and That Team still sucks.

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