Goodbye 50s hello 40s. In 7 Saturdays we will be watching Ohio State play against Oregon State to start the 2018 season. Hopefully the Beavers are as bad as most believe that they are and the Buckeyes start with a 1-0 record.
Below you will find a list with the 28 players who wore No. 49 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Jayson Gwinn and Dionte Johnson. A future Buckeye is in position to make No. 49 their legacy.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Ryan Lukens||2005-08||2007, 2008||2007-08|
|Liam McCullough||2015-18||2016, 2017||2016-17|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 49
Jayson Gwinn, DE (1992-93)
Born: 1973 (Columbus)
Died: 1993 (Columbus)
High School: Brookhaven
6-3, 258...Good young football player whose only shortcoming is a lack of experience...will play behind Randall Brown and should see considerable playing time...has the size, speed and strength to be an excellent end...should be particularly effective as a pass rusher...came to Ohio State as a linebacker and was redshirted last fall...moved to end in the spring and seemed to have little difficulty adjusting to a down position.
A Division I first-team all-Ohio pick a senior (in high school)...chosen by the Columbus Dispatch as Lineman of the Year, along with current teammate Luke Fickell...helped Brookhaven to an 11-2 record and a second straight appearance in the state playoffs his senior year...163 tackles as a senior and 360 during his career, the latter figure the second highest total in Brookhaven annals...undecided on a major but is leaning in the direction of either communications or criminology...hobbies include listening to music and playing cards.
Details of Gwinn's death per The New York Times:
Ohio State defensive end Jayson Gwinn died early today in a two-car collision after leaving a nightclub where a teammate had been shot.
Gwinn, 20 years old, was pronounced dead at about 3 A.M. at the accident scene near the university, an Ohio State spokesman, Malcolm Baroway, said.
The sophomore player, who had 14 solo tackles in 1993, had helped teammate Marvin (Obie) Stillwell, who was shot once in the buttocks, the police said. Det. Patrick Dorn said the shooting occurred in a parking lot outside the Faze 2 nightclub near the campus.
Sgt. David Clark said Gwinn was driving with Stillwell and stopped when he saw police and emergency personnel about eight blocks from the nightclub. The medical aides took Stillwell from the car and took him to University Medical Center, Clark said. Gwinn drove away.
Gwinn's car collided with one driven by Keri Adams, 21, who was listed in fair condition today at the medical center. No charges have been filed.
Baroway said Stillwell was listed in good condition at the medical center. No arrests have been made in his shooting, Dorn said.
The accident occurred near the Woody Hayes Athletic Facility in the early hours of December 13, 1993.
Dionte Johnson, FB (2004-07)
Born: 1986 (Columbus)
High School: Eastmoor Academy
The Buckeyes went 41-9 with Johnson on the team.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title
2007 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the 2004 Alamo Bowl.
Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the 2006 Fiesta Bowl.
Went 4-0 against That Team.
2007 Academic All-B1G.
2006 Academic All-B1G.
2005 Academic All-B1G.
Johnson's career at Ohio State per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-0, 234...A bruising blocker and powerful inside runner who fights for extra yards and drags defenders with him...has lettered each of the past three years at fullback and has played in 30 games in that span...has tremendous leg drive and is effective in short-yardage and goal-line situations...a sure-handed receiver...also plays on the kickoff return unit.
Earned first-team All-Ohio honors as a senior (in high school)...played center as a junior before being switched to fullback for his final season...won the Columbus city wrestling championship as a junior at the 215-pound weight class...played catcher on the baseball team as a freshman, junior and senior...ran track as a junior and was a member of the 4x100 relay team that won a regional title.
Why did Johnson get into clothing after his football career ended?
“I always knew I wanted to retire and open a boutique to have something to do,” he said. “I thought I’d have one at (age) 50 or something like that, but it came fast.”
In 2010, Johnson bought Sole Classics on N. High Street — best-known for its athletic shoes.
Two years later, in October, he bought a vacant storefront a few blocks north and opened Kingsrowe, the name of his line of urban street clothes as well as the East Side street where he grew up and his mother still lives.
Johnson is still involved in football (from 2013):
He also helps coach football at his old high school, having earned his way to a paid position as an assistant.
Eastmoor head coach Jim Miranda said Johnson has invited players to the store and had former Buckeye teammates talk to players.
“He has been a great asset,” Miranda said. “It’s a real positive thing when you can actually share with those kids, ‘I did what you’re doing’ — and he’s a strong visual reminder of success for those kids.
“He is a constant positive force.”
Johnson views the discussions as another way to invest in the community.
“The most important part (of coaching) is trying to show through example that you can go out and do something,” Johnson said.
“If things are done the right way, you can get to your dreams.”
Dionte is the son of Buckeye great, Pepper Johnson. Only three father and son combos have been captains at Ohio State. Those families are: the Davidsons (Jim and Jeff), the Herbstreits (Jim and Kirk) and the Johnsons (Pepper and Dionte).
Wore No. 9 when drafted.
132 days until The Game.