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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 88

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Matt Gutridge's picture
June 5, 2018 at 7:31am
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Below you will find a list of the 29 players who wore number 88 for the Buckeyes. Today's piece features the careers of Paul Sarringhaus, Stan White, Van DeCree and Ben Hartsock.

Today's Trivia Questions

Can  you name the team that drafted Ben Hartsock in the 2004 NFL Draft?

What NFL team is Stan White a color radio analyst for?

Players Who Wore No. 88 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Paul Sarringhaus 19441, 1942, 1945     1942     1942   1944   1941, 1942, 1945
Brian Eisenberg 1941                    
Ramon DiPierro* 1944                   1944
Thomas Watson* 1948-50                   1948-50
Thomas Hague 1952-53               1954   1952-53
Tommy Joe Morgan 1956-57                   1956-57
Thomas Morgan 1958                    
Charles Bryant 1959-61                   1959-61
Thomas Kiehfuss 1962-64       1964           1962-64
Richard Allen 1963-65                    
Daniel Dillon 1966                   1966
David Whitfield 1967-69       1969   1969       1967-69
Stan White* 1970-71           1971   1972   1970-71
Van DeCree 1972-74     1973, 1974     1973, 1974       1972-74
Jimmy Moore* 1975                   1975
Thad Jemison 1981-83               1984   1981-83
Paul Allen* 1983                 1983 1983
Alex Higdon 1984-87               1988 1985-87 1984-87
Brian Stablein 1989-92               1993 1989 1989-92
Bob Houser 1993-96                 1994-96 1993-96
Frank Graper 1994                    
Mike Gurr* 1997                 1997 1997
Ben Hartsock 1999-2003           2003   2004 2002-03 2000-03
Rory Nicol 2004-08                   2004-08
Pete Foltz 2004                    
Reid Fragel 2009-11                   2009-11
Stacey Blount 2012                    
Steve Miller 2011-14                   2011-14
AJ Alexander 2015-17                   2016

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 89

Paul H. Sarringhaus Back 
Born:
1920 (Hamilton, Ohio)
High School: Hamilton
Death: 1998

Ohio State
1942 won national championship.

Honors
1942 All-American.
1942 All B1G.

Miscellaneous
1944 selected by the Eagles in the 9th round of the NFL Draft.

Stan White Linebacker (1969-71)
Born: 1949 (Dover, Ohio)
High School: Theodore Roosevelt (Kent, Ohio)

Ohio State
Played on the 1970 national championship team.
1970 led the team in tackles.
The Buckeyes were 23-6 with White on the team.
Won two Big Ten championships (1969 and 1970).

Honors
1971 All-Big Ten

Miscellaneous
Played baseball and basketball at Ohio State.
Since 2007 White has worked as a color analyst for the Baltimore Ravens' radio broadcasts.

White's career per the 1971 Team Guide: 

Was a regular linebacker last year...started all ten games and played 253 minutes...was one of the most improved players on the squad in 1970.

Has unusual athletic ability, winning all-Ohio honors in football, basketball and baseball...led the team in solo tackles last year with 67...made a key interception in the Michigan game last season which set up an Ohio touchdown.

A jarring tackler who is always around the ball...kicked 39 extra points as a sophomore...can be used for kickoffs...will be one of the top linebackers in the Big Ten.

Van DeCree DE (1972-74)
Born: 1954 (Warren, Ohio)
High School: Warren

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 29-4 with DeCree on the team.
Won three Big Ten titles.
Won the 1973/1974 Rose Bowl.

Honors
1973 All-American.
1974 All-American.
1973 All-Big Ten.
1973 All-Big Ten.
1990 Inducted into the Ohio State Football Hall of Fame.
1999 named to the Ohio State All-Century Team.

Miscellaneous
2013 sentenced to 7 months for cocaine use.

From Buckeyextra 9-25-13:

Former Ohio State All-American Van DeCree has begun serving a seven-month prison term after pleading guilty to violating the terms of a sentencing program, The Vindicator of Youngstown reported.

DeCree, 59, of Warren, tested positive for cocaine while undergoing treatment for drug addiction this year and later committed several probation violations, including providing a phony urine sample to a probation officer. He received his sentence on Monday.

DeCree's career per the 1974 Team Guide:

A first team all-Big Ten and All-American selection last year...one of the finest defensive ends in the country...a two-year regular at open side end...played in all eleven games last year...had 63 tackles in 1973 and was credited with four stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Extremely quick and read the offense very well...hard to block because of his fine body balance...possesses surprising strength for his size.

Ben Hartsock TE (1999-03)
Born: 1980 (Chillicothe)
High School: Union-Scioto

Ohio State
Member of the 2002 national championship team.
Wast the teams third leading receiver in 2002.

Honors
2003 All-Big Ten.
2002 Academic All-Big Ten.
2003 Academic All-Big Ten.

Hartsock's career per the 2003 Team Guide:

Will be in his second year as a starter and is one of the top tight ends in the Big Ten...solid, dependable and smart...is the consummate team player and is an outstanding leader both on and off the field.

An honor student who plans to go into medicine after his football career is over, he was named to a second-team berth on the 2002 Academic All-America team and is a three-time member of the Big Ten's all-academic team.

 

No. 88 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POS TEAM
PAUL SARRINGHAUS 1944 9 80 BACK EAGLES
CHUCK BRYANT* 1962 3 34 TE CARDINALS
STAN WHITE 1972 17 438 LB COLTS
THAD JEMISON 1984 12 310 WR BUCCANEERS
BRIAN STABLEIN 1993 8 210 WR BRONCOS
BEN HARTSOCK 2004 3 68 TE COLTS
Today's Trivia Answers

Can  you name the team that drafted Ben Hartsock in the 2004 NFL Draft?

Answer: The Indianapolis Colts.

What NFL team is Stan White a color radio analyst for?

Answer: The Baltimore Ravens.

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