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.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Denman "Sonny" Gordon||1983||1983|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 39
Jamar Martin, FB (1998-2001)
Born: 1980 (Canton)
High School: Canton McKinley
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.
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.
*Wore No. 7 when drafted.
#Wore No. 8 when drafted.
122 days until The Game.