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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 74

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June 19, 2018 at 7:48am
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Ohio State is 74 days away from its season opener against Oregon State. Below, you will find a list of the 27 players who wore number 74 for the Buckeyes. Today's article will feature the careers of John Hicks, Kirk Barton and Jack Mewhort.

Today's Trivia Questions

Can you name the team that drafted John Hicks in the 1st round of the 1974 NFL Draft?

What team was Kirk Barton a graduate assistant for in 2013? 

Players Who Wore No. 74 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
John Swartzbaugh 1943                   1943
Robert McGinnis* 1944-45                   1944-1945
Andrew Ziegler 1946                    
James Fritsche 1947                    
Richard O'Hanlon* 1948-49                   1948-49
George Guthrie 1951-52                   1951-52
Donald Stoeckel 1953-55                   1953-55
Stanley Humbert* 1956                    
James Matz* 1959-60                   1959-60
William Unger 1962-63                    
William Kohut 1964                   1964
Michael Current 1965-66       1966           1965-66
Paul Schmidlin 1967-69           1969       1967-69
David Long 1971                   1971
John Hicks* 1972-73     1972, 1973     1972, 1973       1972-73
Louis Pietrini 1974-76                   1974-76
Timothy Brown 1978-79                   1978-79
Scott Zalenski 1981-84                   1981-84
Tim Moxley 1986-89                   1986-89
Greg Kuszmaul 1991-95                   1995
Eric Smith* 1997-2000                   2000
Brice Culver 2001-03                   2003
Kirk Barton 2003-07     2007 2007   2007     2006, 2007 2004-07
Mike Adams* 2008                   2008
Jack Mewhort 2009-13     2013 2013   2012, 2013       2010-13
Jamarco Jones 2014-17               2012    
Max Wray 2018                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 74

John Hicks, OG (1970-73)
Born: 
1951 (Cleveland)
Died: 2016 (Columbus)
High School: John Hay

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 34-7-1 with Hicks on the team.
Won the 1970 National Championship.
Won 3 Big Ten Titles.
Defeated USC 42-21 in the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1-1 against That Team.

Honors
1973 Lombardi Award winner.
1973 Heisman runner-up.
1973 All-American.
1973 All-Big Ten.
1972 All-American.
1972 All-Big Ten.
1985 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
2001 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
2009 Inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.

John Hicks' bio per the 1973 Ohio State Team Guide:

6-3, 258...Was a first team All-American selection at offensive tackle last year...a gifted athlete who plays with great dedication and enthusiasm...an inspirational type player who brings out the best in teammates...missed the 1971 season because of a knee operation...an outstanding blocker with good quickness off the line...a pleasant person who is easy to coach...always grades well as he is an excellent technician...his size strength, speed and attitude make him perhaps the top tackle in college football.

Played guard and linebacker at John Hay High...hobbies are music and drag racing...married...wants to play professional football and then teach...from a family of three...father works for the Ohio Highway Department.

From The Ohio State Team Guide:

John Hicks came within an eyelash of pulling off one of the biggest
triple plays in college football history in 1973. That year Hicks, a 6-3,
258-pound offensive tackle, won the Outland Trophy and Lombardi Award
as the nation’s best interior lineman and also finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

How close did Hicks come to becoming the first interior lineman ever
to win the Heisman? Well, while he finished second that year, teammates
Archie Griffin and Randy Gradishar were fifth and sixth, respectively, in
the balloting. By combining Ohio State’s total votes, Hicks would have had
enough votes to move ahead of winner John Cappelletti.

Hicks enrolled at Ohio State in the fall of 1969. Freshmen were not
eligible that year, but it didn’t take the Ohio State coaching staff long to
figure out the Cleveland native was destined for greatness.

Hicks became a starter at right tackle as a sophomore in 1970, helping
the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title and a berth in the Rose Bowl. A loss
to Stanford in Pasadena cost the No.-1 ranked and previously unbeaten
Buckeyes the national championship.

Hicks missed the entire 1971 season because of a preseason
knee injury. Not coincidentally, the Buckeyes struggled to a 6-4
record that year.

But he returned in 1972 and was a starter the next two years,
winning consensus All-America honors both of those seasons and
helping the Buckeyes to two more Big Ten titles and back-to-back
Rose Bowl appearances. During his three years as a starter, Ohio
State posted a combined record of 28-3-1. Hicks was the first
player ever to start in three Rose Bowl games.

A fiery, emotional leader and a fan favorite, Hicks was a firstround
draft choice of the New York Giants following the 1973 campaign.
His promising career was cut short by injury, however, and
he returned to Columbus to enter private business.

Hicks was selected in April, 2001, for the College Football Hall
of Fame. He was inducted into the Ohio State University Athletics
Hall of Fame in 1985.

Kirk Barton, OT (2003-07)
Born: 
1984 (Naples, FL)
High School: Massillon Perry

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 53-11 with Barton on the team.
Played in 2 BCS National Championship Games.
Won 3 Big Ten Titles.
Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 in the Alamo Bowl.
Defeated Kansas State 35-28 in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
Went 4-1 against That Team.
2008 selected in the 7th round in the NFL Draft by the Bears.

Honors
2007 Captain
2007 All-American
2007 All-Big Ten
2006 Academic All-Big Ten
2007 Academic All-Big Ten

Miscellaneous
During his NFL career, Barton played for the Dolphins, 49ers, Bengals and Broncos.
Barton was a graduate assistant for the Buckeyes.
Was arrested and tasered at the Bogey Inn during this year's Memorial Tournament. Barton was charged with felonious assault of an officer and resisting arrest.

Kirk Barton's bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:

One of the top offensive tackles in college football...All-Big Ten as a junior and and an All-American candidate for 2007...a fixture for the Buckeyes at right tackle the past three seasons...powerful, explosive run blocker...good pass blocker...a student of the game and makes very few mistakes...improves every outing and has a bright future.

His nickname is Muscle Milk...has a pet dog named Caesar...before games he likes to have his back cracked...his favorite actor is Robert De Niro, favorite cartoon character is Cartman from South Park, favorite musician is James Blunt, favorite tv show is The Sopranos.

Jack Mewhort, OT (2009-13)
Born:
 1991 (Toledo)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 53-12 with Mewhort on the team.
Went undefeated (12-0) in 2012.
Won a Big Ten Championship in 2009.
Defeated Oregon 26-17 in the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Went 4-1 against That Team.
Selected in the 2nd round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Colts.

Honors
2013 Captain.
2013 All-American.
2013 All-Big Ten.
2012 All-Big Ten.
2010 Freshman All-American.

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

Jack Mewhort was a three year starter along the offensive line for the Buckeyes, including during a school-record setting run of 24-consecutive victories spanning all of the 2012 and 2013 regular seasons ...

Jack was handpicked by Coach Urban Meyer to be a team captain (because of his leadership qualities) and when the official captains were named following the season, Jack was one of five team captains...he played in 49 games as a Buckeye and started 39 consecutive games to close his career...graduated in May 2014 with his degree in consumer and family resource financial services.

No. 74 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
DICK O'HANLON 1950 8 105 T EAGLES
MIKE CURRENT 1967 3 58 OT BRONCOS
JOHN HICKS 1974 1 3 OG GIANTS
TIM MOXLEY 1990 9 243 OG REDSKINS
KIRK BARTON 2008 7 247 OT BEARS
MIKE ADAMS* 2012 2 56 OT STEELERS
JACK MEWHORT 2014 2 59 OT COLTS

*Wore No. 75 when drafted.

Trivia Answers

Can you name the team that drafted John Hicks in the 1st round of the 1974 NFL Draft?

Answer: The New York Giants

What team was Kirk Barton a graduate assistant for in 2013? 

Answer: Ohio State

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