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99 Warriors: No. 33 Supplemental

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July 30, 2018 at 12:12am
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After writing 66 of these supplementals, we are only 33 more away from the start of Ohio State's 2018 football season. Below you will find a list of the 34 players who have worn No. 33 for the Buckeyes.

Today's featured players are Gomer Jones, Ralph Wolf, Bob White, Pete Johnson and James Laurinaitis.

Today's Trivia Question

Of today's featured players, which one was named an All-American three times?

Players Who Wore No. 33 At Ohio State
PLAYER WORN B1G MVP TEAM MVP AA CAPT. 1R NFL ALL B1G AC AA NFL DRAFT AC B1G LETTER
Wilfred Thies 1933                   1933
Gomer Jones 1934-35   1934, 1935 1935 1935   1935       1934-35
Ralph Wolf 1936-37     1937 1937   1937   1938   1936-37
Charles Maag 1938-40                   1938-40
Dante Lavelli 1942               1947   1942
Dean Sensanbaugher* 1943                   1943
Oliver Cline 1944-46 1945 1945 1945             1944-46
Fred Morrison* 1948-49         1950         1948-49
Robert Koepnick 1950-52                   1950-52
George Brilliant 1953                    
Donald Vicic 1954-56               1957   1954-56
Bob White 1957-59     1958     1958 1958 1960 1957, 1958, 1959 1957-59
David Francis 1960, 1962               1963   1960, 1962
Willard Sander 1963-65                   1963-65
Thomas Bartley 1967-68                   1967-68
Richard Galbos 1971-72       1972       1973   1971-72
Pete Johnson 1973-76           1975 1976 1977 1976 1973-76
John Epitopoulos* 1978-80                   1978-80
Larry Kolic 1982, 1984-85               1986   1982, 1984-85
Mark Royer 1985                    
Steve Gresock 1986-87                    
Trevoe Poole 1988                    
Ton Goodgame 1988-89                   1985
Butler By'not'e 1990-93               1994   1990-93
Joe Montgomery 1994-98               1999   1996, 1998
Nate Stead 1999-2001                   2000
Tyler Everett* 2002                   2002
Colby Staubs 2003-04                    
John Kerr* 2004                    
James Laurinaitis 2005-08     2006, 2007, 2008 2007, 2008   2006, 2007, 2008   2009 2006, 2007, 2008 2005-07
Joe Gantz 2005-09                   2008-09
David Durham 2010-11                    
Frank Epitropoulos 2012-13                    
Dante Booker 2014-18                   2014-17

*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 34

Gomer Jones, C (1934-35)
Born:
1914 (Cleveland)
Died: 1971 (New York, NY)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 14-2 with Jones on the team.
1935 Big Ten Title.
Two losses were to Illinois and Notre Dame by a combined six points.
Went 2-0 against That Team.

Honors
1935 Team MVP.
1935 Captain.
1935 All-American.
1935 All-Big Ten.
1934 Team MVP.
1978 Inducted in the Varsity O Hall of Fame.
1978 Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Jones' Ohio State career per Wikipedia:

Jones was one of the outstanding college football players in the 1930s. From 1933 to 1935, he played at Ohio State University as a center on offense and a linebacker on defense. Jones was the anchor of the Buckeyes' offensive line, and was named team MVP following the 1934 and 1935 seasons. In 1935, he was named team captain and was a consensus All-American. Jones was selected by the Chicago Cardinals in the second round of the 1936 NFL Draft as the 15th player selected overall, but chose instead to pursue a career in coaching. While at Ohio State, he was a member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Ralph Wolf, OL and DL (1936-37)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 11-5 with Wolf on the team.
Ohio State outscored its 16 opponents 285-50 with Wolf on the team.
Went 2-0 against That Team.
Outscored That Team 42-0.

Honors
1936 Team MVP.
1937 Team MVP.
1937 Captain.
1937 All-American.
1937 All-Big Ten.
1985 Inducted into the Youngstown State Hall of Fame.
2014 Inducted into the Varsity O Hall of Fame.

Wolf's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Ralph Wolf played center on offense and along the defensive line for Ohio State between 1935-37, and he was a two-year Varsity O letter winner. A two-time team MVP (1936 and 1937), Wolf was also a team captain for coach Francis Schmidt's 1937 team that posted a 6-2 record and was second in the Big Ten Conference with a 5-1 mark. He was also a member of the 1935 Ohio State team that was 7-1 and won the Big Ten with a 5-0 record, and the 5-3, 1936 team that was second in the Big Ten with a 4-1 mark.

A first-team All-American in 1937, Wolf was also named to the Big Ten's all-conference first team that year. His play helped the Buckeyes win three games over rival Michigan, all by shutout ( 38-0 in 1935; and 21-0 scores in the 1936 and 1937 games, respectively). Another big win that Wolf was a part of was the 1937 win over Northwestern, 7-0, which represented Ohio State's first victory over a nationally-ranked team.

Wolf was an excellent student, maintaining close to a 4.0 GPA in the engineering program and he was president of the junior class.

 

Bob White (1957-59)
Born: 
1938

Ohio State
The Buckeyes were 22-7-3 with White on the team.
1957 National Champion.
1957 Big Ten Title.
Defeated No. 2 Iowa at Iowa City 38-28 in 1958.
Went 2-1 against That Team.

Honors
1957 Academic All-Big Ten.
1958 All-American.
1958 Academic All-American.
1958 All-Big Ten.
1958 Academic All-Big Ten.
1959 Academic All-Big Ten.

White's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:

Fullback Loren "Bob" White excelled both on and off the field. He was a 1958 Academic All-America and three-time academic all-Big Ten pick. He was selected as the team's Most Valuable Player three straight years*. White also earned all-Big Ten honors in 1958. White was a key player in Ohio State's 1957 victory over Iowa that sent the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl. White racked up 209 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns against Iowa in 1958.

Pete Johnson

Pete Johnson, FB (1973-76)
Born: 
1954 (Peach County, GA)

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 40-5-2 with Johnson on the team.
1973 Big Ten Title.
1974 Big Ten Title.
1975 Big Ten Title.
1976 Big Ten Title.
1974 Defeated USC 42-21 in the 1974 Rose Bowl.
Went 2-1-1 against That Team.

Honors
1975 All-Big Ten.
1976 Academic All-American.
1976 Academic All-Big Ten.

Johnson's senior bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:

Fullback Pete Johnson head into his senior year as the defending national scoring champion and the most prolific point producer in Ohio State football history.

The 6-1, 247-pound Johnson, who is bidding to become the Buckeyes' first All-American fullback since John Brockington, 1970, scored a school and Big Ten record 26 touchdowns last year enroute to the NCAA scoring crown. Only Lydell Mitchell, with 29 TD's in 1971, has tallied more six pointers in a single season.

Johnson now has 39 TD's at Ohio State and is within striking distance of the NCAA records for career touchdowns and total points. Both marks are held by Army's Glenn Davis, who scored 59 TD's and 359 points during his fabled West Point career. Johnson needs 21 TD's this year to rewrite the record books.

If Johnson can top the 1,000 yard mark again this year, he would join Archie Griffin as the only OSU runners ever to enjoy back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. Additionally, another 1,000 yard season would vault Pete into second place on the all-time OSU rushing list, behind only Griffin, the leading rusher in college football history.

For those wondering, Johnson finished his career with 56 touchdowns (four short of breaking the record). He also ran for 724 yards his senior year.

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

But the 6-1, 247-pound Johnson was much more than a just a blocking back. He also was proficient at lugging the pigskin, rushing for 2,308 yards and a school-record 58 touchdowns during his career. To say “Big Pete” had a nose for the goal line would be an understatement. He led the nation in scoring as a junior, tallying a school and Big Ten record 26 touchdowns.

He also rushed for 1,059 yards and converted 34 of 44 third-down tries. Johnson set a school record that year with five TDs against North Carolina. In 1976, playing almost the entire season with two sprained ankles, Johnson still rushed for 724 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 156 points in 1975 was a school record and 348 career points stood as the school record until the 2004 season. He played eight seasons in the NFL and was elected to the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame in 2007.

James Laurinaitis

James Laurinaitis, LB (2005-08)
Born: 
1986 (Minneapolis)
High School: Wayzata

Ohio State
The Buckeyes went 43-8 with Laurinaitis on the team.
2005 Big Ten Title.
2006 Big Ten Title.
2007 Big Ten Title.
2008 Big Ten Title.
2006 Defeated Notre Dame 34-20 in the Fiesta Bowl.
2006 Defeated No. 2 Texas 24-7 at Austin.
Went 4-0 against That Team.

Honors
2007 Captain.
2008 Captain.
2006 Bronko Nagurski Trophy.
2007 Dick Butkus Award.
2007 Jack Lambert Award.
2008 Lott Trophy.
2008 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.
2006 All-American.
2006 All-Big Ten.
2006 Academic All-Big Ten.
2007 All-American.
2007 All-Big Ten.
2007 Academic All-Big Ten.
2008 All-American.
2008 All-Big Ten.
2008 Academic All-Big Ten.
2009 NLF All-Rookie.
2009 Rams Rookie of the Year.

Laurinaitis' senior bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:

6-3, 240...from Hamel, MN...Returning All-American, Butkus and Bagurski Award recepient...the most proficient linebacker in the college ranks today...smart, instinctive player who studies every facet of the game...exceptional dedication in the weight room and on the practice field...wants to make his senior season his best.

Named Minnesota's Defensive Mr. Football as a senior...collected 193 tackles, including 28 tackles-for-loss and five sacks as a senior after racking up 160 tackles as a junior...led Wayzata to the Minnesota 5A state championship as a senior...also a hockey standout and team captain as a senior.

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

The most decorated linebacker in Ohio State history, James Laurinaitis was a three-time consensus All-American while playing on four Big Ten championship teams. Twice helping the Buckeyes to the BCS championship game (and setting a championship game record with 18 tackles vs. LSU), he won the Bronko Nagurski Award for the nation’s most outstanding defensive player as a sophomore, took home the Butkus Award as America’s top linebacker as a junior, and became Ohio State’s first-ever winner of both the Lott Trophy and the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award as a senior. He was a finalist 12 times for national awards during that three-year period.

Leading Ohio State in tackles as a sophomore, junior and senior, Laurinaitis finished his career with 375 total tackles, seventh-best in Buckeye history. Selected as the preseason and postseason Big Ten defensive player of the year for 2007 and 2008, Laurinaitis was a two-time team captain for a defensive unit that led the nation in total defense in 2007 and never ranked lower than 15th nationally throughout his career.

Despite projections of a high draft status after his junior campaign, the Hamel, Minn., native returned for his senior season, helping the Buckeyes put together their record fifth-straight win over Michigan. An academic all-Big Ten selection, Lauriniaitis was tireless in community service, public speaking and outreach. He was drafted by the NFL’s St. Louis Rams and graduated in March of his senior year.

No. 33 In The NFL Draft
NAME YEAR ROUND PICK POSITION TEAM
RALPH WOLF 1938 10 86 C LIONS
DANTE LAVELLI 1947 12 103 END RAMS
CURLY MORRISON 1950 1 10 RB BEARS
DON VICIC 1957 27 320 BACK 49ers
BOB WHITE* 1960 8 91 FB BROWNS
DAVE FRANCIS 1963 7 91 RB REDSKINS
RICH GALBOS 1973 9 218 RB REDSKINS
PETE JOHNSON 1977 2 49 RB BENGALS
LARRY KOLIC 1986 7 193 LB DOLPHINS
BUTLER BY'NOT'E 1994 7 212 CB BRONCOS
JOE MONTGOMERY 1999 2 49 RB GIANTS
JAMES LAURINAITIS 2009 2 35 LB RAMS

*White was also selected in the first round of the AFL Draft by the Houston Oilers. He played one season for the Oilers in 1960.

Today's Trivia Question

Of today's featured players, which one was named an All-American three times?

Answer: James Laurinaitis.

Previous Numbers
99 98 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90
89 88 87 86 85 84 83 82 81 80
79 78 77 76 75 74 73 72 71 70
69 68 67 66 65 64 63 62 61 60
59 58 57 56 55 54 53 52 51 50
49 48 47 46 45 44 43 42 41 40
39 38 37 36 35 34 33      

116 days until The Game.

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