In 61 sunsets we will be watching Ohio State play Oregon State. Below you will find the 34 players who have worn No. 61 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Alan Jack and Jack Thrush.
The No. 61 has not had an All-American, All-B1G player or NFL Draft selection. Hopefully a future Buckeye will change this surprising and unfortunate fact.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Jim Kortovich*||2000-01||2000, 2001||2001|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 61
Alan Jack, OG (1967-69)
The Buckeyes were 24-4 with Jack on the team.
1968 National Champions.
1968 Big Ten Title.
1969 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 27-16 in the 1969 Rose Bowl.
Defeated That Team 24-14 in 1967.
Defeated That Team 50-14 in 1968.
Jack's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-0, 218...from Wintersville, Ohio...this durable athlete is starting his third year as a regular...led the team in playing time as a sophomore with 275 minutes and played 200.5 minutes last season...a very consistent player who scores well in the grading system...co-captain of the 1969 Buckeye Team...rarely misses a practice...has good quickness and adjusts readily to opponent defenses...achieved his ambition last year---to play in the Rose Bowl...will be one of the top guards in the Big Ten.
Played wingback, end, fullback and linebacker in high school...works in a steel mill during the summer...in the College of Administrative Science...from a family of four, including three boys.
An excerpt from a book titled Ohio State '68: All The Way To The Top by Steve Greenberg and Larry Zelina:
Zelina: I will say that we probably had the finest set of pulling guards in the Big Ten with (Tom) Backhus and (Alan) Jack and Phil (Strickland) and Brian. It was ...
Stillwagon: They were quick.
Zelina: It was phenomenal. They were 205, 207, 210 (pounds), but they could all run. They could ALL run. Can't run now, can we Brian?
Donovan: Not much.
Zelina: We pulled against Michigan State, and it was awesome. Just awesome.
Schmidlin: In talking about the guards, I was at Buffalo (of the American Football League) and they needed somebody to run offensive guard (in practice). I went in and did several plays, and at that point the coach just shook his head and said, "It must have been nice to be Ohio State." Just because I was doing the job well enough. He wondered how I got on defense when I was doing that well on offense. (The players instantly begin imitating a dump truck shifting gears, sort of like the noises Schmidlin purportedly made when he played.)
Zelina: There's that old truck again!
Jack Thrush, C (1990-93)
High School: Moeller (Cincinnati)
The Buckeyes were 33-12-3 with Thrush on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
Defeated BYU 28-21 in the 1993 Holiday Bowl.
Thush's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-5, 270...from Cincinnati...Came out of spring practice No. 1 at center...will have to ward off the challenge by classmate Rod Smith...saw most of his action at tackle last season, but is invaluable because he can play virtually all five positions up front...played in all 12 games last season for a total of 95 minutes, and started the Michigan State game at left guard when Len Hartman was slowed with an injury...also a valuable member of the specialty teams.
All-Ohio and honorable mention All-America as a high school senior...Moeller was 31-8 during his career...team captain as a senior...enjoys listening to music in his free time...major is economics.
144 days until The Game.