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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 48

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Matt Gutridge's picture
July 15, 2018 at 7:42am
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In 48 days Ohio State will start the 2018 hosting Oregon State. Below you will find the 35 players who have worn the No. 48 of the Buckeyes. Although a Pelini brother (Mark) and a player named Alex Rodriguez wore the number, today's featured players are Brian Baschnagel and Vince Skillings.

Today's Trivia Question

Can you name the player who has the middle name Majalap and wore the No. 48?

Players Who Wore No. 48 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Gilbert Harre 1934-35                   1934-35
Clarence Honenberger 1936                    
Henry Barren 1937                    
Alfons Monas 1938                    
Carl Gustavson 1939-40                    
Les Horvath* 1941                   1941
Kenneth Eichwald 1942                    
Carl Lemle 1944                    
William Newell 1947                   1947
Joseph Henry 1949                   1949
Marts Beekley 1951-52                   1951-52
Jan Shedd 1955                   1955
Philip Robinson 1956-57                   1956-57
Karl Kumler 1962                   1962
Robert Lykes 1963-65                   1965
Jaren Bombach 1967                   1967
John Burchinal 1970                    
Brian Baschnagel 1972-75       1975     1974, 1975   1974, 1975 1972-75
Vincent Skillings 1977-80           1978, 1979, 1980       1977-80
Anthony Griggs 1981                   1981
Jeff Cargile* 1982-83                   1983
Tim Coleman 1983                    
Jim McConville* 1984                    
Mark Pelini 1987-90       1990         1987, 1988, 1989 1987-90
James Torok 1988                    
Alex Rodriguez 1991-94                   1992-94
Matt LaVrar 1995-99                 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 1996-99
Jack Tucker 2000-02                 2002 2002
Reggie Smith 2003                    
Mike DeMaria* 2004                 2004 2004
Jon Thoma 2005-09                   2009
Spencer Smith 2007-11                   2010-11
Dan Bain 2010-11                   2011
Joe Burger 2012-2016                 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 2013-16
Tate Duarte 2018                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 48

Brian Baschnagel

Brian Baschnagel, RB (1972-75)
Born: 
1954 (Kingston, NY)
High School: North Allegheny (Pittsburgh)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes went 40-5-1 with Baschnagel on the team.
1972 Big Ten Title.
1973 Big Ten Title.
1974 Big Ten Title.
1975 Big Ten Title.
Defeated USC 42-21 to win the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Went 3-0-1 against That Team.

Honors:
1975 Captain.
1975 Academic All-American.
1975 All-Big Ten.
1974 All-American.
1974 All-Big Ten.
1974 Academic All-American.

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

6-0, 192...from Pittsburgh, PA...was a first-team Academic All-American last year...started all 12 games for a total of 297.5 minutes in 1974...Coach Hayes says of Baschnagel, "I have never met a finer person and have never coached a more willing athlete."...averaged 9.5 yards per carry in 37 tries last year...had a 64 yard run against Southern Methodist in 1974...has won three varsity football awards and has played in three Rose Bowl games.

The most versatile athlete on a talented squad...holds for extra points and field goals...led the team in pass receiving last year with 19 receptions for 244 yards and three touchdowns...an excellent blocker...an honor student majoring in finance...co-captain on offense...one of the hardest workers and most unselfish athletes on the squad.

NFL career per Wikipedia:

Baschnagel was selected by the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1976 NFL draft. He was a receiver for the Bears for eight years and retired after the 1984 season. He wore jersey #84 with the Bears.

Contrary to popular belief, Baschnagel was not on the active roster in 1985 when the Bears went 18-1 en route to a Super Bowl victory. He injured his knee in training camp and spent the entire 1985 season on IR.

However he did travel with the team that year, assisted the coaches from the coaching booth, and helped in practice after he recovered from his injury. He did receive a Super Bowl ring after the Bears dominant victory.

Vince Skillings

Vincent Skillings, RB (1977-80)
Born:
 1959
High School: Derry (PA)

Ohio State:
The Buckeyes were 36-11-1 with Skillings on the team.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1980 Big Ten Title.
No. 1 Ohio State Lost to No. 3 USC 16-17 in the 1980 Rose Bowl.

Honors:
1978 All-Big Ten.
1979 All-Big Ten.
1980 All-Big Ten.

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

6-0, 180...from Brenizer, Pennsylvania...started all 11 games at safety in 1979 and played 256.5 minutes...suffered a concussion in the Minnesota game and did not play the following week against Washington State...made 63 tackles, intercepted three passes, broke up three more and blocked two kicks...a first team all-Big Ten selection...moved to left corner back this year...has excellent speed and good overall athletic ability...led Ohio State in pass interceptions with six in 1978.

Was a Pennsylvania finalist in the 100, 220 and 440 for Derry High...was an all-Pennsylvania running back and defensive specialist as a senior...a communications major.

 
No. 48 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
LES HORVATH* 1943 6 45 QB RAMS
BRIAN BASCHNAGEL 1976 3 66 RB BENGALS
VINCE SKILLINGS 1981 6 163 DB COWBOYS
ANTHONY GRIGGS 1982 4 105 LB EAGLES

*Wore No. 22 when drafted.

Today's Trivia Question

Can you name the player who has the middle name Majalap and wore the No. 48? 

Answer: Jon Thoma.

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