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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 58

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Matt Gutridge's picture
July 5, 2018 at 8:53am
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The season starts in Ohio Stadium against Oregon State in 58 days. Below you will find a list of the 30 players who wore the No. 58 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Tom Waugh and Steve Tovar.

Today's Trivia Questions

Who was the first player recruited by John Cooper to be named an All-American?

Steve Tovar is one of three Ohio State players to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years. Who are the other players to achieve this feat?

Players Who Wore No. 58 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Robert Miller 1935                   1935
Frank Howe 1940                   1940
Joseph Novak* 1941                    
Robert Wolter 1950-51                    
Bill Mott 1953                   1953
Thomas Quinn 1954-55                    
Daniel Fronk 1957-58                   1957-58
Jene Watkins 1959                   1959
Dean Fronk 1961                    
Stephan Dreffer* 1962-63                   1962-63
Gary Miller 1964-66                   1964-66
Dwight Fertig 1967                   1967
Larry Qualls 1968                    
Charles Bonica 1970-72           1972       1970-72
Charles Baxter* 1973                    
Jeff Weiland* 1974                    
Thomas Waugh 1976-79       1979   1979       1976-79
Joseph Apke 1980-81                    
Dennis Hueston 1983                   1983
Edward Soltis 1985                   1985
Tom Scholl* 1986, 1988                    
Joe Carpenter 1988                    
Steve Tovar 1989-92     1991, 1992 1992   1990, 1991, 1992   1993   1989-92
James Ross 1993-95                    
Paris Long* 1996                   1996
Courtland Bullard 1997-2001               2002   1997, 1999-2001
Joe Bradley 2002-03                    
Drew Norman* 2004-06                 2004, 2005, 2006 2005
Nick Piening 2010                    
Joshua Alabi 2015-18                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 58

Tom Waugh, Center (1976-79)
High School: 
Norwalk

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 36-10-2 with Waugh on the team.
1 point away from winning the 1979 National Championship.
1979 Big Ten Title.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1976 Big Ten Title. 
Defeated Colorado 27-10 to win the 1977 Orange Bowl.

Honors
1979 Team Captain.
1979 All-Big Ten.

Miscellaneous
His son, Marcus Waugh played football for Cincinnati
Like Father Like Son.

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

6-1, 242...from Norwalk, Ohio...has won three football letters at Ohio State...played in all 12 games in 1978 for a total of 118.5 minutes...started several games at center...chosen offensive co-captain this year with Ken Fritz...nailed down a starting berth because of a stron spring practice...is much stronger with the addition of 32 pounds since entering college.

Played five positions in high school at Norwalk...won all-Ohio honors as an offensive tackle and defensive linebacker...enjoys all outdoor sports, especially hunting...admires Dick Butkus and Jerry Kramer...a very dependable athlete.

Steve Tovar, LB (1989-92)
Born: 
1970 (Elyria)
High School: West (Elyria)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 31-15-2 with Tovar on the team.
Played in four bowl games.

Tovar is 4th on Ohio State's all-time list for career tackles and career solo tackles.

Honors
1992 Team Captain.
1992 All-American.
1992 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
1992 All-Big Ten.
1991 All-American.
1991 All-Big Ten.
1990 All-Big Ten.
2001 Inducted into the Ohio State Varsity O Hall of Fame.

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

Steve Tovar was another in the great line of Ohio State linebackers. A two-time All-America selection in 1991 and 1992, he had the distinction of being the first of 21 players recruited by John Cooper to earn All-America status at Ohio State.

Tovar led Ohio State in tackles for three consecutive seasons (1990-92), one of only two Buckeyes ever to accomplish that feat. In his senior year, Tovar was elected team co-captain and earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honors (selected by the conference coaches) after recording 128 tackles. A three-time all-Big Ten selection, Tovar ranked fourth in school history with 414 total tackles and 239 solo tackles.

The Elyria, Ohio, native was a third-round selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1993 NFL Draft. After playing eight years in the NFL, Tovar began a career in college coaching. He was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

Steve Tovar's coaching career per Wikipedia:

Tovar spent the 2004 and 2005 football seasons with the  Army Black Knights, coaching linebackers under head coach Bobby Ross. He then joined the Miami Dolphins staff, under coach Nick Saban. In 2007, Tovar joined the coaching staff of University of Kansas Jayhawks under Mark Mangino aslinebackers coach. Following the 2008 season, Tovar was replaced at Kansas by Louisville's Bill Miller.

Tovar's biography while coaching at Army.

No. 58 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
STEVE TOVAR 1993 3 59 LB BENGALS
COURTLAND BULLARD 2002 5 16 LB RAMS
Today's Trivia Questions

Who was the first player recruited by John Cooper to be named an All-American? 

Answer: Steve Tovar. Cooper coached 21 All-Americans that he recruited. 

Steve Tovar is one of three Ohio State players to lead the team in tackles for three consecutive years. Who are the other players to achieve this feat? 

Answer: AJ Hawk (2003-05) and James Laurinaitis (2006-08).

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141 days until The Game.

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