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99 Warriors: No. 39 Supplemental

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Matt Gutridge's picture
July 24, 2018 at 7:36am
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Welcome to the 30s. In 39 days, Ohio State will start the 2018 season against Oregon State. Below you will find a list of the 27 players who have worn No. 39 for Ohio State. Today's featured player is Jamar Martin.

An Ohio State player wearing the No. 39 has never earned All-American or All-B1G honors. Only one player has ever been drafted while wearing the No. 39 during his senior season. Hopefully a future Buckeye will end the drought.

Players Who Wore No. 39 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Robert Lightburn* 1934                    
Russell Dietrich 1937                    
Donald Oman* 1939                    
Jim Gentile* 1968-69                   1968-69
Richard Ferko 1970-72                   1970-71
Howard Thornton* 1973                    
John D'Amato 1974-75                    
Leon Ellison 1980                   1980
Robert Manning 1981                    
Denman "Sonny" Gordon 1983                   1983
Tim Coleman* 1984                    
Bobby Olive* 1987                   1987
Joe Hazelbaker 1989                    
Tyrone Harrison 1989-91                   1989-90
Will Connery* 1991                    
Matt Calhoun 1992-96                   1993-96
Joe Cooper* 1997                    
Jamar Martin 1998-2001       2001       2002   1998-2001
Andre Tyree* 2002                    
Michael Dougherty 2004-07                    
Steve Fender 2004                    
Andrew Good 2006-07                   2007
Derek Erwin 2009-11                   2011
Jordan Whiting 2010-11                   2010
Kyle Clinton 2012-14                   2014
Kyle Berger* 2015                    
Malik Harrison 2016-18                    

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 39

Jamar Martin

Jamar Martin, FB (1998-2001)
Born: 
1980 (Canton)
High School: Canton McKinley

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 32-16 with Martin on the team.
1998 Big Ten Title.
1999 Defeated Texas A&M 24-14 to win the Sugar Bowl. 

Honors
Captain 2001.

Martin's career per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-0, 255...from Canton, Ohio...Co-captain who is in his third year as the starting fullback...big, strong, tough, talented and packs a wallop when he hits you, whether carrying the ball or clearing the way for one of the tailbacks...a complete football player and one of the most underrated players on the team...has been used chiefly as a blocker throughout his career, but that could change this year, especially if the Buckeyes utilize a one-back set...also a fine receiever...is in the mold of some of the great Ohio State fullbacks of the past...look for the Buckeyes to use him more in the passing game this year...it is rare to see a fullback win postseason honors in this era, but Martin might be the player to reverse that trend.

Helped lead powerful McKinley to a 14-0 record and the Ohio big school championship as a senior...the Bulldogs also won USA Today's mythical national championship that year..averaged 6.2 yards per carry as a senior...an uncle, Paul Martin, played for the Buckeyes in the late 1950s.

Martin's draft preview per usatoday.com:

Positives: Has a thick, compact frame, with solid arms, hips and thighs…Has the short area explosiveness to gain advantage on the defender as a lead blocker…Shows the strong forearms needed to sustain his blocks in pass protection and delivers a crunching hand punch to jolt his man back…Very light on his feet, displaying good acceleration to the perimeter…quick to get out front and cut block the linebackers on the move.

Negatives: More of a straight-line runner, showing poor hip snap and wiggle…Lacks the ability to find the rush lanes, as he tends to run with his head down, which results in balance problems… Does not have the leg drive needed to consistently break tackles… Shows no explosion when getting to the second level (loses steam past the line of scrimmage)…Will sometimes get careless running with the ball and needs to do a better job of shifting the pigskin away from the defender.

REMINDS ME OF…SAM GASH, ex-Raven: No question this guy can block, but he appears a little too top-heavy to suit my tastes.

GAZING INTO THE CRYSTAL BALL: If it is a pure blocker you are looking for, one that should never touch the ball, then Martin is your man. If he gets rushing attempts, something has to be wrong with that team's offense.

CAREER NOTES: Finished his career with 61 carries for 226 yards (4.0 avg) and four touchdowns in 47 games (29 starts)…Caught 22 passes for 211 yards (9.6 avg) and a pair of scores.

No. 39 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
SONNY GORDON* 1987 6 157 DB BENGALS
BOBBY OLIVE# 1991 11 300 WR CHIEFS
JAMAR MARTIN 2002 4 129 FB COWBOYS

*Wore No. 7 when drafted.
#Wore No. 8 when drafted.

 
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122 days until The Game.

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