In 43 days Ohio State will play Oregon State to start the 2018 season. Below you will find the 29 players who have worn No. 43 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Carl Kaplanoff, Calvin Murray, Ryan Miller, Nathan Williams and Darron Lee.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Bruce Ruhl||1973-76||1974, 1975||1973-76|
|Barry Walker||1983-86||1984, 1985||1983-86|
|Brandon Schnitker||2001-05||2002, 2003, 2004, 2005||2002-05|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 43
Carl Kaplanoff, T (1936-38)
Born: 1917 (Toledo)
High School: Bucyrus
The Buckeyes were 15-8-1 with Kaplanoff on the team.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
1937 All-Big Ten.
Calvin Murray, RB (1977-80)
High School: Millville (NJ)
The Buckeyes were 36-11-1 with Murray on the team.
1977 Big Ten Title.
1979 Big Ten Title.
The 1979 team was one win away from a national title and undefeated season.
1980 Team MVP.
1980 Team Captain.
1980 All-Big Ten.
Murray's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
5-11, 182...Woodbine, NJ...came into his own as a ball carrier in 1979 with 872 yards in 173 carries, tops on the team in both categories...caught 19 passes for 239 yards...an exciting back with good speed and fine balance...surprisingly effective running inside despite his size...accounted for Ohio State's longest play from scrimmage in 1979, an 86-yard pass reception from Schlichter in the Washington State game...his top rushing efforts came against Illinois and UCLA when he ran for 135 and 117 yards respectively.
Was an all-New Jersey halfback at Millville High...won letters in four sports...father owns a trucking business...a communications major.
Ryan Miller, LB (1992-96)
High School: Allen Park (MI)
The Buckeyes were 49-11-2 with Miller on the team.
1993 Big Ten Title.
1996 Big Ten Title.
1993 defeated BYU 28-21 to win the Holiday Bowl.
1997 defeated Arizona State 20-17 to win the Rose Bowl.
1996 Ohio State Co-Defensive Player of the Year.
Miller's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-2, 220...from Allen Park, MI...Returns for his second year at the starter on the weak side...finished second on the team in tackles last year with 93...also had three interceptions and four tackles for loss...led the defense in playing time with 312 minutes...played good football all year long and played particularly well in the big games...replaced Craig Powell last year and quickly proved up to the task...an underrated football player.
Led Allen Park to a 10-1 record as a senior (in high school) and a three-year mark of 28-4...named to the Detroit Free Press All-star team as a senior...hobbies include playing the guitar...had an older brother, Gordon, who played quarterback at Eastern Michigan.
Miller's career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Ryan Miller has given the Buckeyes a lot to be proud of, on and off the field. As starting linebacker for the Ohio State football team, Miller was named co-Defensive Player of the year in his senior season and helped the Buckeyes clinch a 1997 Rose Bowl victory.
In 1999, Miller and his former Buckeye football teammates Luke Fickell and Mike Vrabel started the 2nd & 7 Foundation to promote children's literacy. Inspired by their own volunteer work as student-athletes at Ohio State, the three held a football camp to raise money for the program that provides books to Central Ohio second graders. Today the program involves not only Ohio State student-athletes, but many collegiate programs throughout the country.
Ryan, who graduated with a degree in economics and holds an MBA from Ohio State's Fisher College of Business, is currently the co-owner of m2 marketing, LLC and President of 2nd & 7.
Miller on his playing days at Ohio per scout.com:
"I couldn't be more proud, first and foremost, to say I wore the Scarlet and Gray and I ran out of that tunnel," Miller said. "That was the most amazing experience of my life. The relationships I built with these guys … I'm still really close with them.
"I always look back and think that's when Ohio State became cool again on a national level. I remember when I was being recruited by Ohio State from the high school level. Ohio State had kind of fallen off a little bit. I remember on my official visit John Cooper saying we could be a part of something special, and certainly we were during the four years I got a chance to play.
"That time frame set the table for the years to follow – the 1998 team they had and, of course, the 2002 national championship season. Coach Tressel has done a great job of keeping that ball rolling."
Nathan Williams, DE (2008-12)
Born: Washington Court House
High School: Miami Trace
The Buckeyes were 51-13 with Williams on the team.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2009 Big Ten Title.
2012 Big Ten Leaders Title.
2012 Went 12-0.
2010 defeated Oregon 26-17 to win the Rose Bowl.
2011 defeated Arkansas 31-26 to win the Sugar Bowl.
Went 4-1 against That Team.
2009 Academic All-Big Ten.
Williams' career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-3, 249...from Washington Court House...Nathan is a fifth-year senior and a talented football player whose return to the playing field is eagerly anticipated by the Ohio State coaching staff...a veteran of 35 games, Nathan had started 12 times for the Buckeyes---since early in his sophomore season---until a knee issue ultimately ended his junior season in 2011 after just one game.
Nathan is a tremendous pass rusher who has the quickness and ability to drop into coverage...he enters his senior season with 21.5 career tackles-for-loss and 10 quarterback sacks---both totals are second among current Buckeyes---among his 92 career tackles...his interception and 22-yard return on the first series helped secure over Michigan in 2010.
Nathan is majoring in communication, and he was named an Academic all-Big Ten for the 2009-10 academic year...he was an all-Ohio defender who was district player of the year as a junior and senior for Miami Trace HS...helped team to a South Central League championship as a senior by recording 139 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss and five sacks...also rushed for 524 yards and 10 touchdowns...honored three times as all-league, all-district and all-Ohio...played in the Big 33 game...a PrepStar All-American and a BuckeyeBlueChip honoree...also lettered in basketball and track.
Nathan Williams' Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Overview: Nathan spent five seasons with the Buckeyes and lettered four years ... a talented football player, Nathan successfully came back from season-ending surgery in 2011 to play in 10 games for the undefeated Buckeyes in 2012 ...
a fine football player whose return to the playing field was eagerly anticipated by the Ohio State coaching staff, Nathan started eight times and totaled 40 tackles and 3.5 tackles-for-loss as a senior ...
he finished his career a veteran of 45 Ohio State games and 20 starting assignments ... he also finishes with 25.0 career tackles-for-loss and 12 quarterback sacks - both totals were second among current Buckeyes - and 132 career tackles ... he also had an interception, five pass break-ups, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries ...
he recorded multiple quarterback sacks in games in 2008 (vs. Northwestern) and 2009 (vs. Purdue) ... his interception and 22-yard return on the first series helped secure a win over Miami in 2010 ... Nathan had 46 tackles as a junior in 2010 including 9.5 tackles-for-loss (totaling 44 yards) and 4.5 quarterback sacks to lead the team ...
he recorded a career-best nine tackles (along with two TFLs and a sack) vs. Illinois ... recovered a fumble and had six tackles, including 2.5 TFLs, in the win over Michigan ...
as a sophomore in 2009, Nathan had 26 tackles, including eight TFLs and 3.5 quarterback sacks ... he played in all 13 games ... and he played in nine games as a true freshman in 2008, totaling 18 tackles, including four TFLs and two sacks.
Darron Lee, LB (2013-15)
High School: New Albany
The Buckeyes were 38-4 with Lee on the team.
2013 Big Ten Leaders Title.
2014 CFP National Champions
2014 Big Ten Title.
2014 Big Ten East Title.
2015 Big Ten East Title.
Defeated No. 1 Alabama 42-35 in the 2015 Sugar Bowl.
Defeated No. 2 Oregon 42-20 in the 2015 CFP National Championship.
Defeated No. 8 Notre Dame 44-28 in the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
Went 3-0 against That Team.
Lee's Ohio State career per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-2, 210...from New Albany...Darron Lee, a third-year Buckeye who is a sophomore in eligibility, is an outstanding football player and a gifted athlete who made noise with his play as a freshman last year and who is expected to be even noisier in 2015...his talents have earned him 2015 preseason All-America honors by the publication Phil Steele; this after he earned freshman All-America accolades last season.
Lee was a 15-game starter as a freshman who quickly established himself as a force at linebacker with a 61-yard fumble return for a score in his first game and continued making plays the entire season, including a second fumble return for a score, a 33-yarder in the regular season finale vs. Michigan.
Recruited out of the Columbus suburb of New Albany as a 205-pound "athlete", Lee will line up at Ohio State's "will" linebacker position this season as a 235-pounder with an impressive reputation as a play-maker.
Lee was a fine athlete who played quarterback, wide receiver, safety and returned punts and kickoff as a junior for the New Albany Eagles and he played quarterback and in the secondary as a senior...Lee was named first-team Associated Press Division II all-state cornerback as a senior after recording five interceptions and three punt return touchdowns, and accounting for over 1,700 yards of offense and 21 touchdowns.
Lee did it all in a third-round win over Marion Franklin, throwing for two touchdowns, rushing for a 36-yard score, returning a punt 82 yards for a touchdown and making the game-clinching interception in the final minute...Lee was considered a four-star prospect (Scout) and the No. 29 safety prospect by Scout.
126 days until The Game.