Ohio State Buckeye Randy Gradishar pegged as the “greatest linebacker I ever coached” by Woody Hayes

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Ohio State linebacker, Randy Gradishar (53)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Legendary coach Woody Hayes called Randy Gradishar, “the best linebacker I ever coached”.

In 1973 (as a senior), Randy finished with 134 tackles and the defense registered four shutouts en route to a 10-0-1 record. The Buckeyes defeated USC in the Rose Bowl, 42-21, to close out the season as the #2 team in the AP poll. Gradishar finished 6th in the Heisman Trophy voting. Randy started all 32 games as a Buckeye.

On October 6 (1973), Ohio State topped Washington State – 27-3. Gradishar was accounted for 22 tackles on the day.

Gradishar went onto become the 14th pick of the 1974 draft by Denver. The 7-time All-Pro and the 1978 Defensive Player of the Year played a key role on the famed ‘Orange Crush defense’ at Mile High Stadium.

Randy Gradishar, LB/Ohio State
Career: 320 tackles

1973 Buckeyes’ Results
Buckeyes 42 USC 21 (Rose Bowl)
Buckeyes 10 Michigan 10 T
Buckeyes 55 Iowa 13
Buckeyes 35 Michigan State 0
Buckeyes 30 Illinois 0
Buckeyes 60 Northwestern 0
Buckeyes 37 Indiana 7
Buckeyes 24 Wisconsin 0
Buckeyes 27 Washington State 3
Buckeyes 37 TCU 3
Buckeyes 56 Minnesota 7

Countdown to College Football
August 14 – Top sports star in 1942 wins Heisman
August 15 – Before politics, Traficant started at QB for Pitt
August 16 – Roger Staubach meets Youngstown State
August 17 – “Best linebacker I ever coached” says Woody Hayes
August 18 – Sherman “Tank” runs wild for Miami of Ohio
August 19 – Sugar Bowl MVP aids Pitt in title game
August 20 – Lombardi award winner called New Castle home
August 21 – Walk-on Karlis kicks for Cincinnati
August 22 – K-State registers 1st bowl victory; Coleman named MVP
August 23 – Burke’s 400-yard game lifts Michigan State past Brady & Michigan
August 24 – Clarett shines for Buckeyes in memorable season
August 25 – Syracuse’s workhorse from Struthers
August 26 – Missouri’s dual-threat quarterback boosts Tigers to top Nebraska
August 27 – Penn State QB guides Nittany Lion faithful to Rose Bowl

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