Ohio State hosts Oregon State to start the season in 82 days. Today, we will list the 33 players who have worn the No. 82 for the Buckeyes. William Spahr and Ray Small will be featured in today's article.
Hopefully a future Buckeye will take the No. 82 and make it his legacy. As of today the number needs it.
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*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 83
Bill Spahr End (1962-64)
High School: Linden McKinley
The Buckeyes were 18-8-1 when Spahr was on the team and 2-1 against That Team.
1964 All-Big Ten
Spahr's career per the 1964 Ohio State Team Guide:
End, 6-2, 186 pounds, from Columbus...starting his third season as a regular...played a total of 315 minutes last year, fifth highest on the squad...will be used chiefly on defense, although he caught seven passes in 1963...of Spahr, Coach Hayes says, "Bill consistently makes the great play for us."
Was an All-Ohio end at Linden McKinley High in Columbus...won nine high school letters, three each in football, basketball and baseball...captained each of those three squads his senior year...hobbies are tennis and golf...has unusually fine footwork and body balance, being difficult to block...was a regular defensive end as a sophomore weighing only 182...excels at rushing the passer.
Ray Small, WR (2006-09)
Born: 1987 (Cleveland)
High School: Glenville (Cleveland)
61 receptions, 659 yards and 3 touchdowns.
The Buckeyes went 44-8, won 4 Big Ten titles and the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Small was suspended for the Rose Bowl for a violation of team rules.
Returned a kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown against Wisconsin in 2009.
3rd all-time at Ohio State with 78 punt returns
5th all-time with 790 punt return yards.
9th all-time with 715 kickoff return yards.
Small started his Ohio State career wearing No. 4.
Switched to No. 82 after getting in Jim Tressel's doghouse.
Suspended multiple times at Ohio State.
Ray Small's dad disagreed with his treatment at Ohio State.
Small sold his Big Ten Championship rings.
Ray Small's career per the 2009 Ohio State Team Guide:
Speedy senior wide receiver whose efforts can enhance the Buckeye passing game...also a capable return specialist.
2008 (Junior): Ranked in NCAA Top 10 in punt return average...69-yard punt return for a touchdown along with five catches against Ohio ...six catches at USC...pair of catches, including a 13-yard completion on hte game-winning drive, and three punt returns in a win against Wisconsin...missed the Northwestern and Illinois games...special teams champion: Youngstown State.
Ray Small's current legal trouble per Doug Lesmerises and cleveland.com:
Wearing a tan top stamped with FCCC on the back over a white T-shirt, sporting a beard and a thicker upper body than during his Ohio State playing career, former Buckeyes receiver Ray Small was sentenced to four years in prison Thursday in the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas.
Judge Patrick Sheeran handed down the sentence after a joint recommendation from the prosecution and the defense on felony drug and gun charges resulting from an arrest in July of 2013.
Small, a Glenville High grad, also had been recently sentenced to three years in prison resulting from drug charges in Meigs County, Ohio. As agreed to by all parties, the sentences will run at the same time, so Small will spend no more than four years in prison...
...And though the charges were serious, the prosecutor said in court that they were worse on paper than in actuality, calling the drug operation Small was involved with "amateurish," while noting the gun found in Small's waistband by police was unloaded, as was another gun in the room.
In a document presented to the court, Small said he was attempting to raise $10,000 to open a daycare center when he was arrested...
...Small finished his playing career at Ohio State as a senior in 2009, and was suspended for what should have been his final game, the 2010 Rose Bowl against Oregon, for a violation of team rules. He never finished his degree at Ohio State...
...Upon entering the courtroom just before 11 a.m., Small looked back and flashed a brief smile at his parents, who were sitting in the back of the courtroom. But no hint of Small's previous life as an Ohio State football player was mentioned. He did take the opportunity to address the judge before sentencing.
"I take full responsibility for my actions, and I'm very apologetic to the court and to my family," Small said, before asking for any possibility of a second chance.
Brehm said when Small was originally charged, he was likely looking at a five-to-10-year sentence. So four years, with the opportunity to possibly get out after one, may be that chance.
"I think he is relieved to have this in the rearview mirror," Brehm said.
*Rufus Mayes, Joseph Robinson, Drew Carter and Roy Hall did not wear No. 82 when they were selected in the NFL Draft.
165 days until The Game and That Team still sucks.