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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 86

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Matt Gutridge's picture
June 7, 2018 at 8:00am
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Below you will find a list of the 36 players who have worn number 86 for Ohio State. Today's article will feature the careers of Dick Van Raaphorst, Jake Ballard and Dre'mont Jones.

Today's Trivia Questions

Dick Van Raaphorst held the Big Ten record for longest FG in 1963, how long was it?

Go here to see how the players who wore No. 86 rank using a metric weighted system.

Players Who Wore No. 86 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Thornton Dixon* 1941                   1941
Carmen Naples 1942                    
Paul Maltinsky 1943-45                   1943-45
Kenneth Hinebaugh 1950                    
Robert Harris 1951                    
Jack Campbell* 1952                    
Stanley Humbert* 1954-55                    
John Trittipo* 1956                    
Richard Michael* 1958                   1958
Richard Van Raaphorst 1961-63               1965   1961-63
John Palmer 1964-65                   1964-65
Richard Cappell 1969-71                   1969-71
Daniel Aston 1969                   1969
Brendan Donovan 1972                    
Joe Dixon 1975-77                   1975-77
Ben Lee 1978-81                   1978-81
Rob Selvaggio* 1983                    
Gene Longo 1984                    
Paul Allen 1984                    
Reggie Graves* 1986                    
Gary Lickovitch 1987, 1990                    
Kevin Niekamp 1991-92                    
Brad Reid 1993                    
Dimitrious Stanley* 1993                   1993
Calvin Brown 1994                    
Andy Stamp* 1996                 1996 1996
Mike Pulsfort* 1997                    
Marvin Payne* 1998                   1998
Maurice Lee 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003                 2002 2003
Kyle Turano 2002, 2004                 2002 2004
Dan Potokar* 2005-06                    
Jake Ballard 2006-09                   2006-09
Mike Ryan 2010                    
Ken Hayes 2011-12                    
Jeff Heuerman* 2011-13                    
Dre'mont Jones 2015-18                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 86

Dick Van Raaphorst K (1961-63)
Born: 1942 (Port Huron, MI)

High School: Clarelvoix (MI)

Ohio State
1961 National Champion
Team won the Big Ten title in 1961.
Against Indiana, he broke the school and Big Ten record with a 48-yard field goal in the 21-0 win on October 5, 1963.
On October 12, 1963, Raaphorst's 49 yard FG tied the game against Illinois and broke his own record.
The Buckeyes were 19-6-2 with Raaphorst on the team.

Raaphorst's Ohio State career per the 1963 Team Guide:

6-1, 210 (pounds)...may be one of Ohio State's all-time great place kickers...made 23 of 27 extra points as a sophomore and 19 of 21 last year, plus one that was blocked...kicked four of six field goals in 1961 and two of three last year...

won the Indiana game last year 10-7 on a dramatic 26 yard field goal in the final eight seconds...suffered a severe knee injury on this play, requiring an operation in March...

Hobbies are skiing and golf...is an above average end but will concentrate on place-kicking this year.

Jake Ballard TE (2006-09)
Born:
1987 (Springboro, Ohio)
High School: Springboro

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 44-8 during Ballard's four seasons.
Ohio State won 4 Big-Ten titles and were 29-3 in the Big Ten.
Ballard caught 34 passes for 377 yards at Ohio State.

Miscellaneous
Made "the catch" in 2010 Rose Bowl.
Won Super Bowl XLVI as a member of the NY Giants.
Currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals.

Ballard's High School and Ohio State careers per Wikipedia:

Ballard grew up in Springboro, Ohio. He went to Springboro High Schooland started on both sides of the ball in football and started on the basketball team. He attended The Ohio State University, where he caught 34 passes for 377 yards with an average of 11 yards per catch. He also caught three touchdown passes. During his senior year, he was one of Ohio State's six captains.

During the 2010 Rose Bowl, he made a critical catch that helped Ohio State beat Oregon. In the 4th quarter with nine minutes remaining Ohio State up 19-17 facing 3rd and 13 from their own 45, Ballard, while being surrounded by several Oregon defenders, jumped and caught a high pass thrown by Terrelle Pryor for 24 yards and a critical first down. The drive concluded with the game-clinching touchdown that put Ohio State up 26-17, which would be the final score.

Ballard's Super Bowl experience per Wikipedia:

Ballard played in Super Bowl XLVI but left in the second half with a torn ACL in his left knee. After leaving the field, he attempted to run and cut on the sideline, but collapsed unable to reach full speed. Replacing Ballard was teammate Bear Pascoe, who finished the game with 4 catches for 33 receiving yards. The Giants defeated the Patriots in the Super Bowl 21-17.

Dre'mont Jones DL (2015-18)
High School: St. Ignatius

Ohio State
Won the 2017 Big Ten Championship.
1st in the Big Ten East in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Led defensive linemen with 52 tackles in 2016.
Currently has 71 tackles, 9.0 tackles for loss and 1 sack for his career.
The Buckeyes are 35-5 with Jones on the team.

Jones' Ohio State career per the 2017 Team Guide:

Dre'mont Jones is coming off a breakthrough season in 2016 when he moved into a starting defensive tackle position as a red-shirt freshman after an injury to Tracy Sprinkle and was a 12-game starter by season's end.

No. 86 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POS TEAM
DICK VAN RAAPHORST 1964 10 138 K BROWNS
Today's Trivia Answers

Dick Van Raaphorst held the Big Ten record for longest FG in 1963, how long was it?

Answer: 49 yards.

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