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99 Warriors: No. 59 Supplemental

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Matt Gutridge's picture
July 4, 2018 at 12:50am

If you went to Red, White and Boom last night, or any of the other various firework displays in Central Ohio, I hope you had a great time with your family and friends.

On our Nation's Independence Day we are 59 days away from Ohio State playing Oregon State to start the 2018 season.

Below you will find a list of the 31 players who have worn No. 59 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Ken Vargo and Tyquan Lewis.

Today's Trivia Question

The 11-12-1955 game was mentioned on the radio in the movie Back to the Future Part II. Ken Vargo's interception was the turning point in Ohio State's 20-10 victory. What team did Ohio State defeat that day?

Players Who Wore No. 59 At Ohio State
Arthur Barrows 1933                    
George Haddad 1937                   1937
Robert Pitton 1940                    
Richard Dierker 1946                    
William Ternent 1952                   1952
Kenneth Vargo 1953-55       1955   1955   1956   1953-55
Herbert Jones 1956-57                   1956-57
James Martin 1958                    
Michael Coburn 1959-60                    
Thomas Cummins 1962-64                    
Ralph Hughes 1965                    
Gary Roush 1968                   1968
Thomas Houser* 1969                    
Fred Pisanelli 1971-72                   1971
Howard Thornton* 1974                    
Ronald Ayers* 1975-76                   1975-76
John Epitropoulos* 1977-80                   1978-80
Gary Burns 1981-82                    
Anthony Giuliani 1983-84                 1984 1983-84
Dennis Gossett 1985                    
Matthew Closson* 1986-87                    
Rod Smith 1990-93                   1990-93
Robert Giuliani 1993-94                    
Robert Kaparek 1994                    
Paris Long* 1997-99                   1997-99
John Conroy 2002-05                 2002 2004-05
Kyle Libby 2007                    
Sam Longo 2009-10                    
Stewart Smith 2010-12                 2012 2012
Tyquan Lewis 2013-17       2016, 2017   2016, 2017   2018   2014-17
Isaiah Prince 2015-18                   2015-17

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 59

Ken Vargo, LB and C (1953-55)
High School: 
Martins Ferry

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 23-5 with Vargo on the team.
1954 National Champions.
1954 Big Ten Title.
1955 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 20-7 in the 1955 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1955 Captain.
1955 All-Big Ten.
2013 Inducted into the Ohio Valley Athletic Hall of Fame.

Vargo's high school career per the barnesville-enterprise.com:

Ken Vargo (Martins Ferry High School, Class of 1952). A three-sport, four-year Purple Rider athlete who was team captain in football and basketball as a senior and a track team member. A 6-foot, 184-pound center-linebacker in football, he earned first team Associated Press All-Ohio defense as a senior and was selected captain of the All-OVAC and All-Valley “Big School” honor rolls.

The 1951 All-Valley selections were the first ones selecting Big and Small School teams. Vargo, a 48-minute player, also was a two-time All-Eastern Ohio selection at center.

Ken Vargo's Ohio State and pro career:

He earned a scholarship to Ohio State University where he became a three-year regular at center and Buckeye co-captain as a senior when he earned first team All-Big Ten Conference with two teammates in the College Football Hall of Fame - Heisman Trophy winner  Howard (Hopalong) Cassaday and Outland Trophy winner Jim Parker. Vargo played in the 1956 Hula Bowl.

After his playing career, he remained in Canada and resides in Ottawa.As a junior, he was a regular on a 10-0 record team which won the Rose Bowl, 20-7, over USC and was named the AP National Champions.

Vargo was drafted in the ninth round by the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, but opted to play in Canada with the Ottawa Rough Riders where he was Canadian Football League All-Star linebacker in his 1956 rookie season.

Tyquan Lewis, DE (2013-17)
Born: 1995
High School: Tarboro (NC) 

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 49-6 with Lewis as a regular on the team.
2014 National Championship.
2014 Big Ten Title.
2014 Big Ten East Title.
2015 Big Ten East Title.
2016 Big Ten East Title.
2016 CFP Semifinalist
2017 Big Ten Title.
2017 Big Ten East Title.
Defeated No. 1 Alabama in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.
Defeated No. 8 Notre Dame in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated No. 8 USC 24-7 in the 2017 Cotton Bowl.
Went 4-0 against That Team.
Tied the school record by playing in 55 games.

2016 Big Ten Lineman of the Year.
2017 Team Captain.
2017 All-Big Ten.
2016 Team Captain.
2016 All-Big Ten.

Lewis' Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-4, 265...from Tarboro, NC...Tyquan Lewis is the reigning Big Ten Conference defensive lineman of the year and the leader of what is expected to be one of the top defensive lines in the nation...he's a fifth-year senior who has played 41 games, started 26 times, has earned his degree in sociology and was part of the 2014 national championship team, but he wants more..."I can honestly say that I love my teammates, coaches and support staff...and am so proud of four Ohio State teams...but I am still hungry for more," Lewis wrote in early January.

Ohio State's leader in quarterback sacks in each of the past two years, Lewis enters his senior campaign with 92 career tackles and 27 tackles-for-loss, a total that includes 16.5 quarterback sacks...he also has three pass break-ups and has forced three fumbles.

No. 59 In The NFL Draft
KEN VARGO 1956 9 106 C BEARS
Today's Trivia Question

The 11-12-1955 game was mentioned on the radio in the movie Back to the Future Part II. The score is announced in the scene when future Biff is giving '50s Biff the sports book with all of the scores. Ken Vargo's interception was the turning point in Ohio State's 20-10 victory. What team did Ohio State defeat that day?

Answer: Iowa. 

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79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70
69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60

142 days until The Game.

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