Thursday, July 10, 2008

OSU Hall of Fame Awards Uhlenhake Top Honor

OSU Hall of Fame: Uhlenhake, Hoying lead class of 2008

July 10, 2008

By Ken Gordon

Bob Hoying is under no illusion that his name will remain for long atop the Ohio State record books.

Already, 13 years after he last played quarterback for the Buckeyes, many of his marks have fallen.

"They'll be broken," he said of the rest. "They won't stand long."

Instead, what he's most proud of is how he and his teammates helped usher in a more modern brand of offensive football in the mid-1990s.

It's what helped Hoying be named yesterday to the Ohio State athletics hall of fame, one of 12 members of the class of 2008.

Also being honored were current baseball coach Bob Todd and athletes Drew Durbin (gymnastics, 1994-97), John Edwards (baseball, 1958), Jeff Uhlenhake (football, 1985-88), Fred Keller (lacrosse, 1956-58 and soccer, 1955-57), Carolina and Isabela Moraes (synchronized swimming, 1999-2002), Amy Langhals (golf, 1994-97), Krista Keir, a Westerville native (track and field, 2000-03), Megan Mirick (lacrosse, 1999-2002) and Maxi Meissner (rowing, 2000-03).

The group will be inducted at banquets Sept. 5 and recognized publicly during the Ohio State football game Sept. 6 against Ohio University.

Uhlenhake, an offensive lineman and Newark native, was a first-team All-American and team most valuable player in 1988. He went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL before moving into coaching. He is entering his second season as the Ohio State football team's coordinator of strength and conditioning.

He said he was "stunned and thrilled to death" to join an elite group.

"I got on the (hall of fame) Web site, I scrolled through there -- it's an amazing list," Uhlenhake said. "I'm very grateful to be on that list."

Hoying credits the skills of teammates like running back Eddie George, tight end Rickey Dudley and receiver Terry Glenn for helping him put up big numbers.

Hoying still holds six school records, including career marks for completions (498) and touchdown passes (57).

"I'm just very fortunate to have played with just a tremendous group of athletes," he said.

Information provided by Ohio State about the honorees:

2008 Ohio State Hall of Fame Inductees (Men)

Jeff Uhlenhake, Football 1985-88
A four-year letterwinner, Jeff Uhlenhake was a first-team All-American and team MVP in 1988, his senior season with the Buckeyes. He was also elected team captain as a senior. In 1986, Uhlenhake was first-team All-Big Ten and helped lead Ohio State to a share of the Big Ten championship. Uhlenhake played in two bowl games, including the Buckeyes’ upset of Texas A&M in the 1987 Cotton Bowl. Uhlenhake went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL.

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