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

Staff Writer
The Columbus Dispatch

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.

"I was part of a group of offensive players that sort of changed the identity at Ohio State," Hoying said. "For the longest time, Ohio State football was I-formation, run right, run left, play-action pass.

"And I think my senior year (1995) with Walt Harris coming in (as quarterbacks coach), with (head coach) John Cooper opening up the offense a little bit, we were able to do a lot of different things you didn't see at Ohio State, so I'm very proud of that."

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)

Bob Todd, Baseball Coach 1987-present

As head coach of the Ohio State baseball team since 1988, Todd has won 831 games, the most in school history, and he has led the team to 14 Big Ten Conference regular season or tournament championships. In January of 2009, he will be inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Ohio State has won six Big Ten regular season championships under Todd and eight Big Ten tournaments. He has led the program to 12 NCAA regional appearances (1991-95, 1997, 1999, 2001-03, 2005, 2007). He has coached Ohio State teams to 30 or more wins every season and his teams have made 20 of 21 Big Ten tournaments, including a Big Ten record 12 consecutive tournament appearances from 1997-2008.

Drew Durbin, Gymnastics 1994-97

Drew Durbin was a six-time All-American gymnast and three-time national champion on pommel horse. A four-year letterwinner, Durbin was named All-Big Ten each of his four seasons and Big Ten Gymnast of the Year in 1994, his freshman season. In 1996, Durbin was a member of the Buckeyes’ national championship squad. That same season Durbin set the program record on pommel horse, recording a 9.975 at the NCAA East Regional. The next season, 1997, Durbin and his teammates set the OSU team record on pommel horse with a score of 39.000. In his career, Durbin won five Big Ten individual championships, two each on pommel horse and parallel bars and one in the all-around.

Bobby Hoying, Football 1993-95

A three-year starter, Bobby Hoying led Ohio State to a combined record of 30-7-1 and rewrote the passing record book. As a senior in 1995, he was elected team captain and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors. Hoying set or tied numerous records while at Ohio State, with most of his production coming in the last two seasons of his career. In 1995, Hoying set the record for season passing efficiency (163.4), games with 200 yards passing in a season (11), total offense in a season (3,290), touchdown passes in a career (57) and most completions in a career (498), and tied his prior record of touchdown passes in a game (5 vs. Purdue in 1994 and at Pitt in ’95). Hoying set the record for most consecutive games of 100 or more yards passing with 17.After graduating, Hoying played in the NFL for five seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

John Edwards, Baseball 1958

John Edwards was a stand-out catcher for the baseball team in 1958. That season, he made only three errors behind the plate, compiling a fielding percentage of .973. Edwards also led the team in hits with 24. He went on to have a successful 14-year career in the major leagues, where he was a three-time All-Star (1963-65) and two-time Gold Glove winner (1963-64) at catcher. Edwards competed in two World Series, 1961 with the Cincinnati Reds and 1968 with the St. Louis Cardinals. The 1969 season with the Houston Astros was Edwards’ best as he garnered votes for the National League MVP award.

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.

Fred Keller, Lacrosse 1956-58 and Soccer 1955-57

Fred Keller was a two-sport star at Ohio State, earning six letters, three each in soccer (1955-57) and lacrosse (1956-58). In both 1957 and ’58, Keller received All-America accolades and was named to the All-Midwest Lacrosse Association squad. In 1958, Keller had 14 goals to lead the team and was second with 17 points while serving as a team co-captain. During the 1957 campaign, he was second on the team in goals (16) and third with 20 points. He was a second-team All-MLA selection in 1956.

2008 Ohio State Hall of Fame Inductees (Women)

Carolina Moraes, Synchronized Swimming 1999-02

Carolina Moraes is one of the most decorated synchronized swimmers in Ohio State history, winning 11 national championships, including the coveted team routine title in 2000. A four-year letterwinner, Moraes, along with her sister, Isabela, was a member of the duet and trio routines that won the national title four-consecutive years from 1999 to ’02. Moraes also was the solo champion in 2001 and ’02. Moraes was a member of three national championship squads during her career (2000-02). In her senior season, Moraes was a Big Ten Medal of Honor finalist. At the 2000 and ’04 Olympics, Moraes and Isabela competed in the duet routine for their home country of Brazil. During her time at Ohio State, Moraes was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient and four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and Honorary Academic All-American.

Isabela Moraes, Synchronized Swimming 1999-02

Isabela Moraes finished her career at Ohio State as an 11-time national champion. Isabela contributed to the national champion squads that captured three consecutive team routine crowns from 2000-02. From 1999-2002, Moraes, along with her sister, Carolina, was a member of the national champion duet and trio routines. She was a finalist for the Big Ten Medal of Honor her senior season. A four-year letterwinner, Moraes was Academic All-Big Ten on three occasions and a four-time OSU Scholar Athlete and Honorary Academic All-American. In 2000 and 2004, Moraes and her sister, Carolina, represented Brazil in the Olympics in the duet routine.

Amy Langhals, Women’s Golf 1994-97

During her career at Ohio State, Amy Langhals was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree and capped off her career as the 1997 Big Ten Player of the Year and Honorable Mention All-America honoree. As a senior, she was named the Ohio State Female Athlete of the Year after leading the Buckeyes to a Big Ten title while capturing the individual championship. That season the Buckeyes won the NCAA East Regional before finishing tied for eighth at the NCAA championships. A four-year letterwinner, Langhals was a two-time captain and began her career as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. She claimed medalist honors three times during her career while leading the Buckeyes to victory in eight tournaments and14 runner-up finishes. After graduating, Langhals played professionally for several years, including two years on the LPGA TOUR. She returned to Ohio State as the assistant women’s golf coach in 2005.

Krista Keir, Women’s Track and Field 2000-03

Krista Keir was a three-time NCAA women’s track and field qualifier and the 2002 Big Ten discus champion. In 2002, Keir finished third at the Big Ten Championships in the shot put and garnered a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in discus. Keir qualified for both the indoor and outdoor NCAA Championships in 2003 in the shot put. During her career at Ohio State, Keir set the Ohio State and Big Ten indoor shot put records and the Ohio State discus record. In 2001, Keir represented the United States at the World University Games competing in discus. She graduated from Ohio State magna cum laude in 2003 with a degree in education.

Megan Mirick, Women’s Lacrosse 1999-02

Megan Mirick is one of the most decorated OSU women’s lacrosse players in the program’s history. A four-year letterwinner, as a senior Mirick was the American Lacrosse Conference Player of the Year and the program’s first first-team All-American. She was also a finalist for the Ohio State University Lacrosse Player of the Century award. Mirick concluded her career with the most goals (143) in Ohio State history and second in career scoring (182). She also had the most goals (53) and third-most points (59) in a single season. During her time at Ohio State, she was a three-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete, three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and an Academic All-American Lacrosse Conference honoree. Mirick joined the Ohio State coaching staff following her playing career.

Maxi Meissner, Rowing 2000-03

Maxi Meissner was a key part of Ohio State’s first Big Ten rowing championship team in 2002. The two-time captain was twice a first-team All-American and first-team All-Big Ten rower. In 2001 and ’03, Meissner was selected to the first-team All-Central Region team. Those same years, she was named MVP of the rowing team. Meissner was a four-time Ohio State Scholar Athlete and three-time Academic All-Big Ten recipient. In 2003, she was named the most outstanding student from the Midwestern Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.