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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 50

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July 13, 2018 at 12:09am

We started at 100 days and are now at the halfway point of the countdown.

In 50 days Ohio State will start the 2018 season against Oregon State. Below, you will find a list with the 28 players who wore No. 50 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Gordon Appleby, Doug Datish, Vernon Gholston and Mike Brewster.

Today's Trivia Question

Can you name the first father and son combo to be named captains at Ohio State? Hint: The Herbstreits (Jim and Kirk) were second and the Johnsons (Pepper and Dionte) were the third.

Players Who Wore No. 50 At Ohio State
Samuel Drakulich 1993                   1993
William Dye 1934-36                   1934-36
Vic Marino 1937-39     1939     1939       1937-39
Earl Martin 1941                    
Gordon Appleby 1942-44   1943   1944       1945   1942-44
Stephen O'Dea 1945                   1945
James Ruehl 1952               1953   1952
Thomas Dillman 1954-56                   1954-56
William Beam 1959                   1959
Norman Vanscoy 1960                   1960
Tom Federle 1963-64                   1963-64
Robert Newcomer 1965                    
Robert Smith 1967-69                   1967-69
Anthony Pitstick 1971                   1971
Michael Datish 1975                   1975
James DeLeone 1979-81                   1979-81
Timothy Odom 1984                   1984
Jeff Davidson 1986-89       1989   1989   1990 1987 1986-89
Jim Borchers 1990-93                 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993 1990-93
Eric Gohlstin 1994-97           1997       1995-97
Nick Mitchell 1999                    
Mike Stafford* 2000-02                   2000-02
Doug Datish* 2003-06       2006   2006   2007 2004, 2005, 2006 2004-06
Vernon Gholston 2004-07     2007   2008 2007       2006-07
Mike Brewster 2008-11     2010 2011   2010       2008-11
J.T. Moore* 2010-12                   2011
Jacoby Boren 2012-15             2014, 2015   2013, 2014, 2015 2013-15
Nathan Brock 2016-18                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 50

Gordon Appleby, C (1942-44)
Born: Massillon, Ohio (1923)
Died: Flagstaff, AZ (2011)
High School: Washington (Massillon)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 21-7 with Appleby on the team.
1942 National Championship.
1942 Big Ten Title.
1944 Big Ten Title.
1944 team went undefeated.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1943 Team MVP. 
1944 Captain.

Appleby's career at Ohio State:

Gordon Appleby played for Paul Brown at Washington High School in Massillon. Appleby, Horace Gillom and Tommy James  were seniors for the Tigers when Brown was hired to coach Ohio State. All three followed him to Columbus.

Appleby was voted the team MVP team in 1943 and selected as captain for the 1944 squad. Carroll Widdoes was hired as head coach for the '44 campaign when Paul Brown enlisted in the Navy. With Widdoes and Appleby, the '44 team finished the season undefeated and was invited to play in the Rose Bowl. Appleby and the other offensive linemen also cleared the way for Les Horvath to win the Ohio State's first Heisman Trophy.

At that time, the Big Ten did not allow teams to play in postseason contests. After a vote, it was decided that Ohio State could not compete in the Rose Bowl. The season was over, but the Buckeyes finished a season undefeated and untied for only the second time in school history. Army was ranked first in the final AP Poll, Ohio State was second. Fun fact, the '44 team had 44 players on the roster and 31 of them were freshmen.

The New York Giants selected Appleby in the 1945 NFL Draft, but he never played in the NFL.

Appleby's key play against That Team in 1944:

In the third, Gordon Appleby put the Buckeyes in great field position when he recovered a fumble at the Wolverines' 23. Ohio State made Michigan pay for the turnover when he scored from a yard out. The Buckeyes missed another extra point, however, so led just 12-7.

Doug Datish

Doug Datish, OL (2003-06)
High School:

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 41-9 when Datish wore No. 50.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
Defeated No. 5 Notre Dame 34-20 to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Defeated No. 8 Kansas State 35-28 to win the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.

2006 Captain.
2006 All-Big Ten.
2006 Academic All-Big Ten.
2005 Academic All-Big Ten.
2004 Academic All-Big Ten.

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

6-5, 295...from Warren, Ohio...Received his degree in history at the end of Winter Quarter and is currently attending graduate school...will step in at center for graduated Nick Mangold...has big shoes to fill but is more than capable of doing so...has played and started all three interior line positions for the Buckeyes, including all 12 games last year at left tackle...was named offensive linemen of the week following the Iowa, Illinois and Michigan games last year and was the offensive player of the game after the win over Michigan State...a very good football player and an outstanding leader...his father, Mike Datish, played for the Buckeyes in the mid 1970s, so his scarlet and gray roots run deep.

Considered one of the to lineman in the nation (in high school)...won first-team All-Ohio honors as a senior...was a standout on both offense and defense and was selected as the Associated Press Division II Co-Defensive Player of the Year as a senior...played basketball as a freshman, but concentrated on football his last three years.

Vernon Gholston

Vernon Gholston, DE (2004-07)
1986 (Detroit)
High School: Cass Tech

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 41-9 with Gholston on the team.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Gholston is the all-time leader at Ohio State with 14.0 sacks and 111 sack yards in a season (2007).
Gholston is tied for first all-time at Ohio State with 4 sacks (Wisconsin, 2007).
He is third all-time at Ohio State with 113 tackles for loss yards in a season (2007).
Vernon Gholston had the fourth most tackles for loss in a game when he had four against That Team and Wisconsin in 2007.
His 25.5 sacks ranks him fifth all-time in sacks for a career at Ohio State.
Went 4-0 against That Team.

2007 All-American
2007 All-Big Ten.
2007 Defensive Lineman of the Year.

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

6-4, 206...from Detroit...Two year starter and a possible All-American candidate...Ohio State's next standout at the "Leo" or drop end position...was recruited as a linebacker and now puts those skills and speed to use when rushing the quarterback or dropping into coverage...can play any of the four down lineman positions...an excellent pass rusher with his combination of size and speed...bench presses 455 pounds and is one of the strongest players on the team.

Was a dominant player in high school and considered one of the top defensive prospects in the Midwest...totaled 75 tackles, including six sacks, as a senior...also an all-state selection as an offensive guard his senior year.

Mike Brewster

Mike Brewster, C (2008-11)
1989 (Orlando)
High School: Edgewater (FL)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 39-13 with Brewster on the team.
2009 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Oregon 26-17 to win the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Defeated Arkansas 31-26 to win the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2011 Captain.
2010 All-American.
2010 All-Big Ten.
2008 Freshman All-American.

Brewster's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-5, 305...from Orlando, FL...four year starter at center and a pre-season All-America...36 starts...outstanding athlete with great instincts for the game...will be a leader along the offensive line...experience has paid dividends in his execution and technique...only junior to rank among finalists for the 2010 Rimington Trophy.

In high school, he was an outstanding offensive lineman in Florida...U.S. Army All-American Bowl and Maxwell Award...Parade and EA Sports All-America...USA Today all-USA...Orlando Sentinel Top 5...Tampa Tribune "Best of the South"...Atlanta Journal Constitution "Super Southern 100"...enrolled at Ohio State in January, 2008.

Mike Brewster's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Ohio State Overview: Mike, who graduated in December 2011 with his degree in strategic communications, is one of the finest centers to ever suit up for the Scarlet and Gray. He has also been a strong leader of this program, one who was always willing to speak on behalf of his team.

A 2010 All-American and first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer, Mike is a four-year starter for the Buckeyes. He was named (with Mike Adams) as the team's 2011 Jim Parker Award winner as the team's outstanding offensive lineman. He was also one of four team captains as voted on by the players.

He capped his Buckeye career in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl by making his 49th consecutive start, the second-longest streak in school history (Luke Fickell started 50 consecutive games). Mike was named a game captain a team-high eight times this past season, including in six of the last seven games.

He was named to the Rimington and Outland Trophy watch lists at the beginning of his senior season. Mike was a Freshman All-American in 2008 after playing in 12 games and starting the final 10 games of the season. He went on to start all 13 games in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

A four-year letterwinner, Mike was the only junior in 2010 to be named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy as the nation's outstanding center. He played in a total of 51 games.

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Today's Trivia Quesiton

Can you name the first father and son combo to be named captains at Ohio State? Hint: The Herbstreits (Jim and Kirk) were second and the Johnsons (Pepper and Dionte) were the third.

Answer: Jim and Jeff Davidson.

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