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Yassenoff, Sol

Solomon Yassenoff

After getting the chance to play on the line due to an injury to the Buckeye captain, Yasenoff played right tackle for most of his career. He also excelled at guard, and Buckeye coach J.W. Wilce remarked that "Yassenoff was the greatest defensive end I have ever seen." Sol also played basketball and lettered in track at Ohio State. His brother Leo Yassenoff also played football as a guard and tackle at Ohio State in 1914 and 1915.

Birth and Death Dates:
b. June 23, 1892- d. December 1973

Career Highlights:
Yasenoff entered Ohio State in 1911, but did not play freshman football. The following year, he made the varsity and was given an opportunity when the starting right tackle was injured in the opening game. Sol said, "...it gave me my opportunity. I played three quarters at right tackle. After the third game, against Michigan, I was moved to right end and I stayed there for the rest of my career. I had gained some weight..."

In 1913, Yassenoff remained a starter on the line as Ohio State joined the newly formed Western Conference, the predecessor of the Big Ten. The Buckeyes finished the season with a record of 4-2-1, 1-2 in conference and tied for sixth. They won their first-ever conference game in November against Northwestern, 58-0. In 1914, Yasenoff was named All-Ohio guard and All-Western Conference honorable mention as the Buckeyes improved to 5-2, fourth in the conference.

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Career Dates:
Yasenoff played as an offensive and defensive lineman for Ohio State University from 1912-1914.

Physical description:
6'2", 165 pounds

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