In 16 days Ohio State will host Oregon State in the 2018 season opener. Below, you will find a list of the 39 players who have worn No. 16 since 1933.
Today's featured players are Michael Kabealo, Jim Karsatos, Craig Krenzel and J.T. Barrett.
|PLAYER||WORN||B1G MVP||TEAM MVP||AA||CAPT.||1R NFL||ALL B1G||AC AA||NFL DRAFT||AC B1G||LETTER|
|Craig Krenzel||1999-03||2003||2003||2000, 2001, 2002, 2003||2000-03|
|J.T. Barrett||2013-17||2016||2015, 2016, 2017||2014, 2016, 2017||2014-17|
*Wore another number at Ohio State
Did not earn a varsity letter while wearing No. 16
Michael Kabealo, QB (1936-1938)
Born: 1915 (Youngstown)
Died: 1993 (Kettering, Ohio)
The Buckeyes were 15-8-1 with Kabealo on the team.
Went 2-1 against That Team.
Mike Kabealo played in the 1938 Blue Gray All-Star Game and was a running back for the 1944 Cleveland Rams. He gained 152 yards, averaged 3.2 yards per carry and scored a touchdown in his only season with the Rams.
Jim Karsatos, QB, (1983-1986)
High School: Sunny Hills (Orange County, CA)
The Buckeyes were 37-12 with Karsatos on the team.
1984 Big Ten Title.
1986 Big Ten Title.
1984 Defeated Pitt 28-23 to win the Fiesta Bowl.
1985 Defeated BYU 10-7 to win the Citrus Bowl.
1987 Defeated Texas A&M 28-12 to win the Cotton Bowl.
Karsatos' senior bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-3, 224...from Fullerton, CA...After two years as the backup quarterback, Jim started all 12 games in 1985 and played extremely well...set school season records by completing 61.2 percent of his passes and by throwing for 19 touchdowns last year...threw at least one touchdown passes in 10 games in 1985.
Passes for 4,426 yards and 40 touchdowns at Sunny Hills High, where he was Orange County "Player of the Year" as a senior.
Expectations of Karsatos going into his senior season per Mike DiGiovanna of latimes.com:
After a year of rehabilitation for a knee injury, a year as a redshirt and two years on the bench, Karsatos, 22, will finally be the Buckeyes' starting quarterback this fall.
It's a chance for Karsatos to become a hero in this football-crazed city, where former Buckeye Coach Woody Hayes is still worshiped and where a loss to Big 10 rival Michigan is frowned upon with the same sort of disgust that is reserved for foreign automobiles.
It's a chance for Karsatos to fulfill the expectations that Coach Earle Bruce and his staff had when the quarterback was busy throwing for 2,750 yards and 23 touchdowns and earning The Times' Orange County Back of the Year honors at Sunny Hills High School in 1980.
It's a chance for Karsatos to develop into a legitimate professional prospect, as did his predecessors, Art Schlichter and Mike Tomczak, who were both drafted by National Football League teams.
And it's an opportunity Karsatos plans to utilize.
"Some people say that (sophomore quarterback) Tom Tupa is going to beat me out, but I'm sorry," Karsatos said. "You know, I like Tom, we're friends and we're going to room together this summer, but there's no way he's going to beat me.
"I've waited too long for this and I know the offense like a book, so I'm not going to give in a bit. I'll be on a constant high starting in August, when we begin practice. I'm so anxious to get started that this will probably be the longest summer of my life."
Karsatos' Ohio State career almost never happened per latimes.com:
There was that fateful summer of 1981, during which Karsatos spent 10 days in a hospital bed pondering his future, wondering if he would ever play football again.
...the year turned sour on the night of June 22, 1981, when Karsatos was hit from the blindside in the Orange County All-Star football game and suffered torn ligaments in his right knee.
Three days later, Dr. Lewis Yocum performed surgery to repair the ligaments and, fortunately for Karsatos, he found no damage to the main cartilage in the knee.
But Yocum's associate, Dr. Robert Kerlan, still thought Karsatos would have to give up football, and probably walk with a limp.
Karsatos thought his career was over. He was a confused young man.
He didn't know whether to follow through with his commitment to Ohio State or stay home and attend Fullerton College. He knew the Buckeye coaches, who left the decision of whether to play in the All-Star game up to him, would be upset.
"Everything was going through my mind," Karsatos said. "I didn't know which way to think."
Karsatos' thoughts on staying at Ohio State:
Karsatos was homesick and considered transferring to USC, which was still offering a scholarship. But he chose to remain at Ohio State.
"I'm glad I didn't do that now," Karsatos said. "I've learned over the years that all those things were for my own good. They're part of the maturing process. The coaches don't yell at me anymore and I don't get calls at 8 a.m. to go to study hall."
Karsatos doesn't regret his decision to play in that All-Star game, either.
"I'd still tell a kid to play because that's what he's worked for throughout high school," he said. "I just had a fluke thing happen to me. I'd do it again because you get to play with a lot of super guys."
Craig Krenzel, QB (1999-2003)
Born: 1981 (Utica, MI)
High School: Herny Ford II
The Ohio State Buckeyes were 46-17 with Krenzel on the team.
2002 National Champion.
2002 Big Ten Title.
Defeated Miami 31-24 in Double OT to win the 2003 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl National Championship Game.
Defeated Kansas State 35-38 to win the 2004 Fiesta Bowl.
2003 National Foundation hall of Fame Scholarship.
2003 Today's Top VII Award.
2003 Socrates Award.
2003 Draddy Trophy.
2003 Academic All-American.
2003 Academic All-Big Ten.
2002 Academic All-Big Ten.
2001 Academic All-Big Ten.
2000 Academic All-Big Ten.
2003 Fiesta Bowl MVP.
2004 Fiesta Bowl MVP.
Krenzel's senior bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-4, 225...from Sterling Heights, MI...An outstanding leader and winner in every sense of the word...tough, smart, and competitive...will be in his second years as the starting quarterback and should be a candidate for all the postseason awards.
Heads into the 2003 campaign with a 15-1 record as a starter, including a double overtime win over Miami in the national championship game and two wins over Michigan...was selected as the offensive MVP of the Fiesta Bowl, where he led both team in rushing with 81 yards and also scored a pair of touchdowns.
Repeatedly rallied the Buckeyes last year, turning in key plays in narrow win over Cincinnati, Wisconsin, Purdue, Illinois, Michigan and Miami on the march to the national championship...his clutch 17-yard completion to Michael Jenkins on fourth-and 14 in the first overtime of the Miami game enabled the Buckeyes to tie the score and force the second extra session.
Completed 60 percent of his passes and threw for 1,760 yards and 20 touchdowns as a senior in high school...USA Today honorable mention All-American as a senior.
Craig Krenzel's Ohio State career per ohiostatebuckeyes.com:
Craig Krenzel was a two-year starter at quarterback for the Buckeyes. Taking over the offensive reins with almost no experience at the start of the 2002 season, the 6-4 signal caller led the Buckeyes to a share of the Big Ten title, the national championship and a perfect 14-0 record. At the end of the season, Krenzel was selected by his teammates as co-MVP.
A little less than a month later he was named as the Offensive MVP in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, where he guided the Buckeyes to a thrilling 31-24 double overtime win over top-ranked Miami in the national title game. The leading rusher in the game, Krenzel’s fourth-and-14 completion to Michael Jenkins in the first overtime kept OSU’s title hopes alive.
In 2003, Krenzel directed OSU to an 11-2 record and a second consecutive win in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. After throwing four touchdown passes against Kansas State in the latter, he was again selected as the game’s Offensive MVP. Krenzel completed his career with a 24-3 mark as a starter, including a 2-1 record against Michigan.
An honors graduate in molecular genetics, he swept the most prestigious academic awards, including the National Football Foundation’s Draddy Trophy, the Socrates Award and the NCAA Today’s Top VII. He spent three seasons in the NFL before retiring.
Illinois almost ruined the 2002 season, but Krenzel wouldn't let that happen:
J.T. Barrett, QB, (2013-2017)
Born: 1995 (Wichita Falls, TX)
High School: Rider
The Buckeyes were 61-8 with Barrett on the team.
2013 Big Ten Leaders Title.
2014 National Champion.
2014 Big Ten Title.
2014 Big Ten East Title.
2015 Big Ten East Title.
2016 Big Ten Title.
2017 Big Ten Title.
2017 Big Ten East Title.
1986 Big Ten Title.
Defeated No. 1 Alabama 42-35 to win the 2015 Sugar Bowl.
Defeated No. 2 Oregon 42-20 to win the 2015 CFP National Championship.
Defeated No. 8 Notre Dame 44-28 to win the 2016 Fiesta Bowl.
Defeated No. 8 USC Texas A&M 24-7 to win the 2017 Cotton Bowl.
Holds the Big Ten career record for total offensive yards, total TD passes, total touchdowns responsible for, Player of the Week Awards and touchdowns responsible for in a season.
Owns 34 records at Ohio State.
Went 5-0 against That Team as a member of the Buckeyes.
The only Ohio State starting quarterback to win four games against That Team.
2014 Big Ten Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year.
2014 Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.
2014 All Big Ten.
2016 Big Ten MVP.
2016 Big Ten Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year.
2016 All-Big Ten.
2017 Big Ten Greise-Brees Quarterback of the Year.
2017 All-Big Ten.
Barrett's senior bio per The Ohio State Team Guide:
6-2, 220...from Wichita Falls, Texas...J.T. Barrett has been a team-leader almost since Day 1, a fifth-year senior who is 26-4 as a starting quarterback...he has thrown for 6,381 yards (3rd at Ohio State) and 69 touchdowns (1st) and rushed for 2,456 yards (17th) with 31 touchdowns...has finished among the top 10 vote getters for Heisman Trophy twice, including 5th in 2014.
Graduated in December 2016 with a degree in communications...interned in Bristol, Conn., at ESPN, this past May along with receiver Parris Campbell...traveled to Equador for a week following his ESPN work and helped deliver shoes to those in need as part of the Athletic Department's Soles 4 Souls program.
Barrett will be the first three-time captain in school history...eight players, in 127 previous seasons, have been a two-time captain...he is six touchdowns shy of Drew Brees' Big Ten record of 106 TDs responsible for...set Big Ten record in 2014 with 45 total touchdowns...has set 23 Ohio State records.
Needs 1,167 passing yards for the school record and needs 535 yards to top 3,000 rushing yards and move into Ohio State's all-time rushing top 10...needs just five yards to break Art Schlichter's record of 8,850 yards of total offense.
99 days until The Game.