We are now a quarter of the way through the countdown. 75 more days until Ohio State plays Oregon State for the season opener. Throughout the years, 29 players wore the No. 75 for the Buckeyes. Today's article will feature David Cheney, Orlando Pace and Simon Fraser.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Willie "Merv" Teague*||1972||1972|
|Nicholas Buonamici||1973-76||1975, 1976||1977||1973-76|
|Orlando Pace||1994-96||1996||1996||1995, 1996||1997||1995, 1996||1994-96|
|Simon Fraser||2001-04||2004||2002, 2003, 2004||2001-04|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 75
David Cheney, OG (1968-70)
High School: Lima
The Buckeyes were 27-2 with Cheney on the team.
Won 2 National Championships (1968 and 1970).
Won 3 Big Ten Championships (1968, 1969 and 1970).
Defeated USC 27-16 in the 1969 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
All-Big Ten in 1970.
Academic All-Big Ten in 1969 and 1970.
Is currently an elected judge in Lima.
David Cheney's Ohio State bio per the 1970 Ohio State Team Guide:
6-3, 228...Was the regular left tackle last year, missing only the first game due to an injury...was an all-Ohio tackle at Lima High...captained his high school football and baseball teams...played tackle and guard as a sophomore at Ohio State in 1968...logged 204 minutes of playing time last year.
Has good blocking techniques and reads opponent defenses well...has a quick initial charge...his top games last year were against Purdue and Washington...may be a standout this year.
Majoring in computer science at Ohio State...member of Kappa Sigma fraternity...admires Dick Butkus...will be 21 two days before the Michigan State game...hobby is guns...of French Irish descent.
David Cheney's law career per judgepedia.org:
David A. Cheney is a judge on the Allen County Court of Common Pleas in Lima, Ohio. Cheney was elected to the court in November 2012 and began his full six-year term on January 1, 2013. His term will expire on December 31, 2018...
Cheney worked as a juvenile court referee (now known as a magistrate) for the Juvenile Division of the Lima Municipal Court from 1973 until 1990. He then practiced law in the private sector until 2008 when he returned to the Lima Municipal Court as a full-time magistrate.
Orlando Pace, OT (1994-96)
Born: 1975 (Sandusky, Ohio)
High School: Sandusky
The Buckeyes were 31-7 with Pace on the team.
Won the Big Ten Championship in 1996.
Defeated Arizona State 20-17 in the 1997 Rose Bowl.
Big Ten Freshman of the Year 1994.
Lombardi Award 1995 and 1996.
All-American 1995 and 1996.
All-Big Ten 1995 and 1996.
Football News Offensive Player of the Year 1995 and 1996.
Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year 1995 and 1996.
Outland Trophy 1996.
Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football for Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten in 1996.
1999 named to Sport Illustrated's NCAA Football All-Century Team.
2013 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
First Sophomore to win Lombardi Award.
First selection in the 1997 NFL Draft.
The B1G's Offensive Lineman of the year Award is named after Orlando Pace and Dave Rimington of Nebraska.
Won Super Bowl XXXIV.
Named to 7 Pro Bowls: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
5 Time All-Pro: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003 and 2004.
Orlando Pace's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
Orlando Pace broke into the starting lineup the first day of preseason camp his freshman year and started every game the next three years before passing up his senior season to enter the NFL draft. During his stay at Ohio State, the 6-6, 330-pound left tackle became recognized as one of the most dominant offensive linemen ever to play the game.
Pace made the “Pancake Block” famous his junior year, finishing the season with 80 of those blocks (knocking his defender to the ground and on his back). He also literally redefined the role of an offensive lineman with his amazing downfield blocking. Pace did not allow a sack in either of his last two years.
In 1995, he made college football history by becoming the first sophomore to win the Lombardi Award. As a junior, he again made history by becoming the first two-time winner of that trophy. He also won the Outland Trophy and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy balloting as a junior. The latter was the highest finish by a lineman since a second-place finish by Ohio State’s John Hicks in 1973.
Other honors for Pace included consensus all-Big Ten and All-America honors in both 1995 and ’96. He was the Football News Offensive Player of the Year and the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year in 1996. He also received the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten. Pace was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1994 and the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year in 1995 and ’96. He also was a finalist for the 1996 Maxwell Award.
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Pace was selected by his teammates as Ohio State’s MVP in 1996. Taken by St. Louis as first overall pick in the 1997 NFL draft, Pace was a member of the Rams’ 1999 Super Bowl championship team. He was voted to seven Pro Bowls. In 2014 he will officially be enshrined into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The Big Ten Conference’s offensive lineman of the year award is named after Pace and Nebraska’s Dave Rimington.
Pace Making Pancakes:
Simon Fraser, DE (2001-04)
Born: 1983 (Champaign, IL)
High School: Upper Arlington
The Buckeyes went 40-11 with Fraser on the team.
Defeated the Miami Hurricanes 31-24 to win the 2002 National Championship.
Defeated Kansas State 35-28 to win the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.
Academic All-Big Ten 2002, 2003 and 2004.
From Wikipedia "Inspired by the doctors and nurses at OSU who helped save the lives of his son and daughter (premature twins), he is currently enrolled in medical school at Ohio University."
Fraser is currently practicing medicine in Columbus on West Broad Street.
158 days until The Game.