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99 Warriors: No. 85 Supplemental

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Matt Gutridge's picture
June 8, 2018 at 8:42am

Below you will find a list of the 31 players who have worn number 85 for Ohio State. Today's article will feature the careers of Robert Joslin, Leo Brown, Cedric Saunders and one of my favorite Ohio State players, Mike Nugent. 

Today's Trivia Questions

How many Ohio State records did Mike Nugent have when his Buckeye career ended?

What team did Mike Nugent kick a 55-yard field goal in the closing seconds to defeat? 

Mike Nugent has an Ohio State record for consecutive field goals, how many did he make?

Go here to see how the players who wore No. 85 rank using a metric weighted system.

Players Who Wore No. 85 At Ohio State
Jim Campbell 1943                    
George Toneft* 1944                   1944
Donald Steinberg* 1945                   1945
Fred Morrison* 1946-47                   1946-47
Albert Hasselo 1948                    
Dale King* 1949                    
William Moshier 1950                    
Robert Joslin 1951-53       1953           1951-53
Leo Brown 1955-57       1957   1957       1955-57
Frank Azok 1958-59                    
Samuel Tidmore 1960-61                   1960-61
James Nein* 1964, 1966                   1964, 1966
Charles Aldrin 1968                    
Jimmie Harris 1969-71                   1969-71
John Smurda 1972-73                   1972-73
Lawrence Kain* 1974-75                   1974-75
John Meade 1978                   1978
Judd Groza 1982-84                 1984 1982-84
James Palmer 1988-89                   1988-89
Cedric Saunders 1990-93       1993           1990-93
John Lumpkin 1994-98                   1996-98
Marvin Payne* 1999                    
Andrew Lee 2000                    
Mike Nugent 2001-04     2002, 2004 2004   2002, 2004       2001-04
Brian Robiskie* 2005                   2005
Ryan Pretorius 2005-08                 2006-08 2006-08
Tony Harlamert 2010                    
Frank Kangah 2011                    
Marcus Baugh 2013-17                   2014-17
Devonte Butler 2013-14                    
L'CHRISTIAN SMITH 2018                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 85

Bob Joslin End (1951-53)
Middletown, Ohio 

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 16-9-2 during Joslin's career.

1953 Captain.

Joslin's career game (that might have saved Woody Hayes' career at Ohio State) against That Team in 1952 per The Plain Dealer:

Ohio State may not be going to the Rose Bowl but Michigan for certain is eliminated -- by three solid touchdowns and 20 points.

Maddened by eight years of adversity, the Buckeyes rose in cool, calculating fury today to bury their old enemies, the once-mighty Wolverines, 27 to 7...

The victory today was Ohio State's first triumph over Michigan since 1944 and the largest margin it has rolled up over its oldest and most bitter rival in 15 years, since 1937.

Michigan's Rose Bowl aspirations died in the first half as Bob (Rocky) Joslin, great junior end from Middletown, O., made spectacular catches of two touchdown passes from the unerring arm of Quarterback John Borton...

Joslin, the remarkable end who had been hobbled by a bad knee much of the season -- his appearance in this game had been considered doubtful -- caught seven passes for 99 yards and two touchdowns...

Circus Catch by Joslin

Then came one of the most remarkable pass catches of the season. Borton hurled a long pass deep in the end zone. Joslin, being forced back, dove almost over the back boundary line of the end zone as he seized the ball. It was so close that the crowd waited for a decision. It was a touchdown all right, and Weed's kick gave Ohio a 14-0 lead...

And Ohio had hit the jackpot -- four touchdowns, two more than it had scored against Michigan in the last seven seasons. Too bad these hard-working Buckeyes can't go to the Rose Bowl, but that triumph today will be as long remembered as a Rose Bowl outing in Pasadena. Maybe longer, who knows?

Full article is here.

Leo Brown WR (1955-57)

Ohio State
17 receptions, 249 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Captain of 1957 national championship team.

1957 Captain

Leo Brown saves Rose Bowl victory and national championship per oregonlive.com Ohio State is leading 10-7 in the final minutes: 

...Oregon took a couple of shots at the end zone after that. A Crabtree pass to Ron Stover, who had a Rose Bowl record 10 catches, got the ball to the Ohio State 24, but at the end of the play Leo Brown blasted him and he crashed to the turf. The ball popped out, and by the rules of the day the ground could cause a fumble. Ohio State defensive back Jim Cannavino recovered.

Cedric Saunders TE (1990-93)
Born: 1972 (Tallahassee, FL)
High School: Sarasota (FL)

Ohio State
68 receptions, 853 yards and a touchdown.

1993 Captain
1993 2nd Team All-Big Ten

Vice President of Football Operation for the Detroit Lions.
Held his high school's record for receptions (11) in a game.

Saunders' Ohio State career per the 1993 Team Guide:

6-3, 241 (pounds)...The incumbant at tight end...had an outstanding junior season, and hopes to pick up where he left off...a candidate for post-season honors...very dangerous in the open field once he makes a catch because he's tough for just one defender to tackle...also a fine blocker...may have been the most improved offensive player with the Buckeyes last season...started every game...

Earned honorable mention all-Big Ten honors...along with sophomore D.J. Jones, gives Ohio State the best one-two tight end combo(s) in the league.

Mike Nugent PK (2001-04)
Born: 1982 (Centerville, Ohio)
High School: Centerville

Ohio State Records Held At End Of Buckeye Career
Most FGs in a career: 68
Most FGs in a season (2002): 25
Consecutive FGs made (2001-02): 24
Consecutive FGs made in one season (2002): 23
Games with multiple FGs: 19
Consecutive FGs made in Ohio Stadium: 17
Consecutive games with at least one FG: 12 (tied)
FGs made 40+ yds. in a season (2002): 10
Made FGs/game (vs. N.C. State, 2004): 5 (tied)
Single-season 50+ FGs (2004): 5
Career 50+ FGs: 8
Career 50+ FGs in Ohio Stadium: 6
FG percentage season (25-28/2002): .893
Career FG percentage (68-84, 2001-04): .810
Back-to-back 50-yd. FGs: (55 vs. Marshall, 50 at N.C. State, 2004)
Longest FG/Ohio Stadium: (55 vs. Marshall and Wisconsin, 2004) tied
FGs made 40+ yds./game: 3 (tied) (twice, vs. Wash. St., 2002 and at N.C. State, 2004)

2002 All-American.
2002 All-Big Ten
2004 All-American.
2004 All-Big Ten
2004 Captain.
2004 Lou Groza Award winner.
2004 Team MVP (Only PK to receive honor at Ohio State).

Nugent's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

When Ohio State senior Mike Nugent, or “Nooooge” as he was known to Buckeye fans, was selected as the winner of the 2004 Lou Groza Award as the nation’s best place-kicker, no one was surprised. There was simply no one else in the same league.

Nugent was the model of consistency in 2004, converting 24 of 27 field goal attempts, including five-of-six from 50 yards or longer to lead the nation in that statistic. He also made all 30 of his extra point tries and sent 40 of his 62 kickoffs into the end zone for touchbacks.

In a 24-21 win over Marshall, the 5-10, 180-pound kicker calmly nailed a career-long 55-yarder as time ran out. The following week, in a hard-fought 22-14 win at North Carolina State, he was a perfect five-for-five in the field goal department. In his final game as a Buckeye, Nugent scored 15 points against Oklahoma State to become Ohio State’s all-time
leading scorer with 356 points.

During his illustrious career, Nugent literally rewrote the Ohio State record book, either setting outright or sharing in 22 school kicking records. Two of the more significant were career marks for field goals made (72 of 88) and career field goal percentage (.857). He also holds the marks for most consecutive field goals made (24), consecutive field goals made in
Ohio Stadium (17) and career 50-yard field goals (8).

Nugent won All-America honors in both 2002 and 2004, becoming the first Ohio State placekicker to receive a spot on the first team. He was a consensus choice in 2004, landing a spot on the Walter Camp, Football Writers, Football Coaches, Sporting News and Associated
Press All-American teams.

At the beginning of the 2004 season, Nugent’s teammates selected him as one of the team captains, the first kicker since 1976 to be so honored. At the end of the year, his teammates chose him as the 2004 MVP.

No. 85 In The NFL Draft

*Fred Morrison and Brian Robiskie did not wear No. 85 when they were drafted.

Today's Trivia Answers

How many Ohio State records did Mike Nugent have when his Buckeye career ended?

Answer: 17.

What team did Mike Nugent kick a 55-yard field goal in the closing seconds to defeat? 

Answer: Marshall, 24-21.

Mike Nugent has an Ohio State record for consecutive field goals, how many did he make?

Answer: 24, between 2001-02. Nugent made the 24 field goals over 13 games. Vlade Janakievski is in second place with 15 straight over 5 games.

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168 days until The Game and That Team still sucks.

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