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Digging Deeper: Players Who Wore No. 42

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Matt Gutridge's picture
July 21, 2018 at 12:26am

In 6 weeks Ohio State starts the 2018 season against Oregon State. Below, you will find a list of the 41 players who have worn the No. 42 for the Buckeyes. Today's featured players are Paul Warfield, John Brockington, Bobby Carpenter and Andrew Sweat.

Warfield, Brockington Carpenter and Sweat are winners. They have four National Championships between them and were 11-3 against That Team.

Players Who Wore No. 42 At Ohio State
Ernest Roush 1934-35                   1934-35
Alex Schoenbaum 1936-38               1939   1936-38
James Piccinini 1939-40                   1939-40
Robert Heckinger 1941                    
George Slusser 1942               1943   1942
Jerry Tuttle 1944                    
Harley Smith 1945-46                   1945-46
Rodney Swinehart 1946-49                   1946-49
Earle Gentile 1950                    
Douglas Goodsell 1951-52                   1951-52
Charles Robson* 1953                    
Hubert Bobo 1954               1955   1954
Lee Williams* 1958               1959   1958
Lynn Strait 1959                    
David Eckard 1960                    
Paul Warfield 1961-63         1964 1962, 1963       1961-63
David Reynolds 1966                    
Joseph Jenkins 1967                   1967
John Brockington 1968-70     1970   1971 1970       1968-70
Robert Sapanero* 1971                    
Arnold Jones 1972-74       1974           1972-74
Les Gordon 1975-76                   1975
Kenneth Willis 1979                    
Craig Dunn 1981-82                   1981-82
Tony Cooper 1983-84                    
Vince Workman* 1986-88       1987       1989   1986-88
Scott Osborne 1988                    
William Houston 1990-93                   1990-93
Kevin Griffin 1994-98                   1995-98
Tony Locke* 1999-01                   1999-00
John Adams 2001                    
Rob Stover 2001                    
Steve Pavelka 2002                    
Bobby Carpenter 2002-05         2006         2002-05
Nathan Schwartz 2006                    
Tyler Whaley* 2007                 2007 2007
Andrew Sweat 2008-11       2011         2009, 2010, 2011 2008-11
Luke Roberts 2012                    
Tyler McIntosh 2013                    
Darius Slade 2014-17                   2016
Bradley Robinson 2018                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 42

Paul Warfield

Paul Warfield, HB (1961-63)
1942 (Warren, Ohio)
High School: Warren Harding

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 23-6-2 with Warfield on the team.
1961 National Champion.
1961 Big Ten Title.
Went 3-0 against That Team.

1962 All-Big Ten.
1963 All-Big Ten.
1979 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1983 Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
1990 Inducted into the Miami Dolphins Honor Roll.

Warfield's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-0, 182...from Warren, Ohio...the most gifted player on the squad but has yet to realize his full potential...played a total of 373.5 minutes last year to lead the team in playing time...is the squad's leading breakaway threat...the top pass defender on the team...was brilliant on defense playing man-to-man against Northwestern's Paul Flatley and Wisconsin's Pat Richter last year.

Averaged 6.4 yards per carry in 57 attempts last year...scored his team's only touchdown, a dazzling 75 yard run, in Ohio State's hard fought 10-7 victory over Indiana...caught eight passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns last year.

Broad jumped 26 feet as a sophomore to take second in the NCAA meet in 1962...the fastest man on the Buckeye football team...much of Ohio State's success in 1963 depends on Warfield...a physical education major.

Paul Warfield's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

The graceful Paul Warfield was the starting left halfback on the 1961 Big Ten and National Championship team which posted an 8-0-1 record. He was all-Big Ten as a junior and again as a senior, playing halfback and split end on offense and cornerback on defense. After leaving Ohio State, Warfield went on to enjoy a brilliant professional career as one of the greatest wide receivers the game has ever known. Warfield is a member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Warfield's NFL career per profootballhof.com:

Paul Warfield is recognized as one of the premier wide receivers ever to have played in the National Football League. While his career totals for numbers of catches may not seem in line with those accumulated by other great receivers, as any student of the game understands, the truth isn’t always in the numbers.

A first-round draft pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1964, Paul played in Cleveland six seasons before going to the Miami Dolphins in a blockbuster trade in 1970. He returned to Cleveland in 1976 after five seasons with the Dolphins and one season with the Memphis Grizzlies of the failed World Football League.

Even though he played on ball-control teams through most of his career, he managed to haul in 427 passes for 8,565 yards and 85 touchdowns. His 20.1 yards-per-catch mark ranks among the best in the history of the game. And he did it with a trademark smooth, graceful style that left observers and victimized defenders awestruck.

As a rookie, Warfield caught a career-high 52 passes. His outside speed was the perfect compliment to the power running of Jim Brown. During his first six years with the Browns, the team played in five conference championships, as well as the 1964 championship game. Because of his blazing speed, elusive moves, and great leaping ability, defenses often found it necessary to double cover him.

Warfield, a six-time All-NFL choice who was elected to eight Pro Bowls, was a long ball threat who intimidated the opposition. His mere presence on the field proved to be almost as beneficial to the running game. The best example of this may have been in 1972 when the Dolphins went undefeated. That year Miami ran the ball 613 times while passing on just 259 occasions. The Dolphins’ philosophy was to use the forward pass as a threat to make the ground game more effective. The Dolphins rushed for a then-NFL record 2,960 yards.

John Brockington

John Brockington, HB (1968-70)
 1948 (Brooklyn, NY)
High School: Thomas Jefferson

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 27-2 with Brockington on the team.
1968 National Champion.
1970 National Champion.
1968 Big Ten Title.
1969 Big Ten Title.
1970 Big Ten Title.
1969 Defeated USC 27-16 to win the Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

1970 All-American.
1970 All-Big Ten.
2002 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.

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

6-1, 216...from Brooklyn, New York...has started at right halfback, left halfback and fullback during the past two seasons...figures to start at fullback this season...carried 45 times as a sophomore and 72 last year...has good power and break-away speed...scored six touchdowns by rushing in 1969.

Was an All-Metropolitan and all-America fullback at Thomas Jefferson High...one of two high school backs to net over 1,000 yards rushing in one year in New York City...a good pass receiver who is hard to bring down in the open field.

Admires Gale Sayers and Mickey Mantle...married...does construction work during the summer...plans to teach after graduation.

John Brockington's Ohio Staet career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Part of the "Super Sophs" who helped lead the Buckeyes to the 1968 National Championship, three Big Ten Titles (1968, '69 and '70) and a combined record of 27-2 ... the second player in OSU history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in a season, amassing 1,142 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in 1970.

First Team All-America and All-Big Ten as a senior, helping the Buckeyes to a 9-0 regular season record ...

42 rushing attempts against Northwestern in 1970 set the record at the time and is second all-time in the OSU record books ...

a first-round draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, Brockington was the National Football League's (NFL) Rookie of the Year in 1971 ... was the first player in NFL history to rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three years in the league.

John Brockington's NFL career per wikipedia:

Brockington was the Green Bay Packers 1st round draft choice, the ninth selection overall, in 1971. Brockington was the first NFL player to ever rush for 1,000 or more yards in each of his first three seasons. In 1971 Brockington was named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year by the Associated Press. Brockington was named All-Pro in 1971, 2nd Team All-Pro in 1973 and All-NFC in 1972. Brockington was also selected to 3 consecutive Pro Bowls (1971–1973).

His first running mate in the Green Bay backfield was another former Packer first round draft choice,Donny Anderson. Anderson was traded the following season to the St. Louis Cardinals for running backMacArthur Lane. Together, Brockington and Lane formed a dynamic running duo in the backfield, carrying the Packers offense between 1972 and 1974.

With a running style based on his great strength, Brockington epitomized the power running back - a player who preferred to break tackles and run over defenders rather than run away from them. He was one of the first running backs to combine brute force with speed.

Brockington's success was short-lived, however. After eclipsing 1,000 yards rushing during each of his first three seasons, he never attained the same level. He ran for 883 yards in 1974 and only 434 the following year. This was the result of typical wear-and-tear, the departure of Lane after the 1974 season and changes in the Packers' playbook that did not take advantage of Brockington's abilities. After the first game of the 1977 season, he was released by the Packers and subsequently signed by the Kansas City Chiefs. He retired following the season.

Bobby Carpenter

Bobby Carpenter, LB (2002-05)
1983 (Lancaster, Ohio)
High School: Lancaster

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 43-8 with Carpenter on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2003 Defeated Miami 31-24 in 2OT to win the National Championship.
2004 Defeated Kansas State 35-38 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
2004 Defeated Oklahoma State 33-7 to win the Alamo Bowl.
2006 Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 to win the Fiesta Bowl. 
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2004 Second Team All-Big Ten.
2005 Second Team All-Big Ten.

Carpenter's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-3, 255...from Lancaster, Ohio...Heads into his senior season with 39 games, including 15 starts, under his belt the past three years...is an outstanding football player and an integral part of what may well be the best corps of linebackers in college football...is big, rangy and physical...played his best football last year and wound up the season as the second leading tackler on the team with a career-high 93 total participations...finished the season on a strong note, recording 13 tackles at Michigan State and nine against Purdue and Michigan...also had an early interception in the Alamo Bowl that led to a 7-0 Ohio State lead before some of the fans had settled to their seats.

One of the most sought-after linebacker prospects in the Midwest...won first team All-Ohio honors from the Associated Press as a senior...finished his senior season with 128 total tackles, including 12 tackles-for-loss...also swam as a senior (50 and 100 free) and went to districts...favorite pro athlete is Lawrence Taylor...enjoys playing chess...would like to follow in his father's footsteps and be coaching his high team in Lancaster in 10 years...would play basketball at Ohio State if not on the football team.

Carpenter's Ohio State career per Wikipedia:

In 50 games at Ohio State, Carpenter started 26 times. He registered 191 tackles (121 solos) with 14.5 sacks and 23.5 for losses. He forced two fumbles, deflected seven passes and had three interceptions.

In 2002, Carpenter played in every game as a true freshman. He appeared in every game, starting three contests, at strong-side outside linebacker in 2003. He totaled 37 tackles (24 solos) with 4.5 sacks, 6.5 stops for losses and a pair of forced fumbles.

He was a full-time starter in 2004, lining up at strong-side linebacker. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles (46 solos) and registered two sacks with 6.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage. Carpenter also deflected three passes and intercepted three others. As a senior in 2005, Carpenter started first eleven games of the 2005 season He finished fifth on the squad with 49 tackles and second on the team with eight sacks and 10.5 stops for losses, earning second-team All-Big Ten Conference honors. In the final game he fractured his right fibula and was unable to play in the Fiesta Bowl.

Carpenter currently co-hosts Rothman and Carpenter weekdays on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus.

Andrew Sweat

Andrew Sweat, LB (2008-11)
High School: Trinity (PA)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 39-13 with Sweat on the team.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2009 Big Ten Title.
2010 Big Ten Title.
Defeated No. 7 Oregon 26-17 to win the 2010 Rose Bowl.
Defeated No. 8 Arkansas 31-26 to win the 2011 Sugar Bowl.
Went 3-1 against That Team.

2011 Captain.
2011 Academic All-Big Ten.
2010 Academic All-Big Ten.
2009 Academic All-Big Ten.

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

6-2, 235...from Washington, PA...physical defender who can make an impact as a leader this season...returning starter at will linebacker...54 career tackles...has also made a significant contribution on the special units.

113 tackles, 21 TFL, five forced fumbles, two interceptions as a senior (in high school)...160 tackles as a junior...Washington County athlete of year...ESPN All-America...Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fab 22" as a junior and senior...Under Armour All-America game...also a baseball and basketball starter.

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