With a heading like that, there’s only one option for today’s countdown:
The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer. Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player. Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th. Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins. To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.
Vernon Gholston was a quarterback’s worst nightmare for the two years he started at defensive end for the Buckeyes. While Gholston was instantly a fan favorite for his… photogenic musculature, he also backed up the ” gun show” by setting single game and season records for sacking the quarterback at Ohio State.
Gholston broke on to the scene for the Buckeyes in 2006 as a sophomore following a relatively quiet freshman season in ’04 and a broken hand in ’05 that resulted in a redshirt.
He earned Second Team All-Big Ten honors in ’06 after leading the team in tackles for loss with 15 and sacks with 8.5. He was also sixth on the team in total tackles with 49 and hauled in an interception for good measure.
Gholston followed his break-out performance in ’06 with a season for the ages in ’07.
He recorded 14 sacks that year, including 4 sacks against Wisconsin, both of which are the most recorded by a player in a single season or game at Ohio State. Read More
Actually, since Jim’s blocked punt in the 1979 MACh1gAAn game led to another loss by TTUN, and since we seem to be making a lot of friends from “bluer” websites, let’s take day five in a different direction.
As in the last five versions of The Game:
2004- 37 to 21 Troy and Teddy lead to the upset of the #7 team in the nation.
2005- 25 to 21 “The Catch”. Oh, and the amazing tackle by Shawn Crable on Ohio State’s last score.
2007- 14 to 3 All Beanie, All Day. Plus, Jake Long allows Chad Henne into the Gun Show that is Vernon Gholston.
2008- 42 to 7 Goodbye, Beanie. Hello, Boom and Terrelle.
Just think, if they hadn’t been breaking all of those practice and training rules, they would have been shut out.
To be honest, the best thing about day five is that next year we’ll be able to use this template for countdown day six.
Earlier this week, I told you that I first saw this form of a countdown on one of my favorite blogs, Men Of The Scarlet And Gray.
Something else that was common on MotSaG….love for Vernon Gholston. The proprietors of that site have a big big man-crush on #50.
So, in honor of MotSaG, we give you our selection for #50, Vernon Gholston (and his pythons).
Make sure you watch this video through the last clip.
UPDATE – To our newest lil’ Michigan fan…..your comment was not “deleted”, it was never approved to begin with. My board, my rules. Go cry somewhere else.