Friday, July 10, 2009

OSUAA SELECTS ALL-ALUMNI FOOTBALL TEAM

More than 1,400 members of the Ohio State University Alumni Association selected an All-Alumni football team to recognize the 100th anniversary of the "Ohio State Alumni Magazine."

The team consisted of 26 positional players — 12 offense, 11 defense, 2 specialists and a coach.

The leading vote getter was former linebacker Chris Spielman, who received 1,240 out of the 1,439 votes casted.

"No school has a tradition like Ohio State and a look at this team tells you why," Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel said. "Amazing players from all eras at every position and these are just the tip of the iceberg.

"This is a fantastic list of memorable Buckeyes. My only question would be: Who were the folks who didn't vote for Archie (Griffin)."

Obviously, the selections for the All-Alumni team will create great debate, but then again, when you have so many tremendous players to choose from, arguments will surely follow.

Listed below are the 26-member All-Alumni squad:
OFFENSE
QB- Rex Kern, 1968-70 (Sorry Rex, but Troy Smith should be in this spot)
RB- Archie Griffin, 1972-75; Eddie George, 1992-95
FB- Pete Johnson, 1973-76
TE- John Frank, 1980-83
WR- Cris Carter, 1984-86; Paul Warfield, 1961-63
OT- Orlando Pace, 1994-96; John Hicks, 1970, 72-73
OG- Jim Parker, 1954-56; Jim Lachey, 1981-84
OC- Nick Mangold, 2002-05
DEFENSE
DL-Mike Vrabel, 1993-96; Jim Stillwagon, 1968-70; Bill Willis, 1942-44; Will Smith, 2000-03
LB- Chris Spielman, 1984-87; A.J. Hawk, 2002-05; Randy Gradishar, 1971-73
CB- Antoine Winfield, 1995-98; Shawn Springs, 1994-96
S- Jack Tatum 1968-70; Mike Doss, 1999-2002
SPECIALISTS
K- Mike Nugent, 2001-04
P- Tom Skladany, 1973-76
HEAD COACH
Woody Hayes, 1951-78