UPPER ARLINGTON FOOTBALL

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Upper Arlington Football is proud to support and honor the long tradition of Golden Bear. Former members of the Golden Bears football team have gone on to accomplish amazing feats. 
  • The Upper Arlington Golden Bear Football team held the State Championship Title in 1967, 1968, 1969 and 2000.
  • Sixty-two players have been selected All Ohio and ten of those players were also All Americans.
  • Four players have played in the NFL.

Golden Bears in the NFL

Fred “Curly” Morrison

Fred "Curly" Morrison graduated from Upper Arlington High School in 1945.  Curly was a leading scorer for the Upper Arlington High School football team. He went on to play for The Ohio State University from 1947 to 1949. In his final year, he led Ohio State to a victory over Michigan and an invitation to the Rose Bowl, where he ran for 119 yards and was named MVP. After graduation, he was drafted by the Chicago Bears. He played for the Bears through 1953 and for the Cleveland Browns from 1954 to 1956. His NFL career encompassed 84 games, with a total of 2,420 yards rushing, 578 carries and 14 career touchdowns.

Bob Jencks


Bob Jencks is a 1958 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and played on the Golden Bears football team from 1956 to 1958. 


Bob played collegiate football at Miami University (Ohio). While with the Redhawks, Jencks earned all-Mid-American Conference honors three-times. He was selected by the Bears during the 2nd round of the 1963 NFL Draft for three seasons (1963 to 1965), he played at the tight end and place-kicker positions in the National Football League with the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins, and appeared in 42 career regular season games. During his rookie season, he was a member of the 1963 NFL Champion Bears' squad which defeated the New York Giants in the title game 14 to 10, as Jencks contributed 2 extra points in the contest.  He was inducted into the Miami University (Ohio) Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977.

Simon Fraser


Simon Fraser is a 2001 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and played on the Golden Bears football team from 1998 to 2000. In 2000, the Golden Bears won the State Championship for the fourth time.


From 2001 to 2004, Simon played for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was a three-time OSU Scholar Athlete and two-time Academic All-Big Ten conference honoree. He also was a senior co-caption.


From 2005 to 2007, Simon was a defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns where he had six starts in 48 games.


During the 2008 season, Simon played defensive end for the Atlanta Falcons.


In 2010, Simon appeared in the Honorable Mention category of the All-Time All-Ohio High School Football Team.

Blake Annen


Blake Annen is a 2009 graduate of Upper Arlington High School and played on the Golden Bears football team from 2005 to 2008.

Blake entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2014 out of Cincinnati. Collegiately, he appeared in 45 games for the University of Cincinnati Bearcats, hauling in 19 receptions for 218 yards (11.5 ypr) and two touchdowns over four seasons (2010 to 2013). 

Golden Bear Alumni Playing College Football

Listed in descending order by senior football season

Note: if you have any information about any former Golden Bear football players’ college football participation, please contact us so that we can update our records. Thank you!
Senior Season
             Player Name
             School
  2017
 Nicholas Cipriano
 Otterbien
  2017
 Matthew Hoke
 Denison
  2017
 Dexter Lewis 
 College of Wooster
  2017
 Dylan Lewis 
 College of Wooster
  2017
 Dante Landolfi
 Columbia
  2016
 EJ Caldwell
 Princeton
  2016
 Ben Furash
 Dayton
  2016
 Brad Hall
 Dayton
  2016
 Mason Meyers
 Findlay
  2016
 Nathan Orlandini
 Valpraiso 
  2016
 Riley Cooper
 Ohio Weslyan
   2016
 Mike Smith
 Ohio Dominican / Capital 
  2015
 Cole Kaparos
 Dayton
  2015
  Vince Murdocco
 Dayton
  2015
 Cole Pirwitz
 Holy Cross
  2014
 Kyle Kaparos
 Dayton
  2014
 Coleson Carmell
 Rose-Hulman
  2014
 Drew Snoufer
 Valparaiso
  2013
 Sam Wheeler
 Hobart 
  2013
 Chris Frey
  Michigan State
  2013
  Noah Spielman
  Toledo
  2013
  Chase Greenlee
 Baldwin Wallace/Wheaton College
  2013
  Nick Blazek
  Wheaton College
  2013
  Jackson Finfrock
  Stetson University
  2013
  Lewis Hughes
  Siena Heights University
  2012
  Gus Ackley
  Trinity College
  2012
  Ryne Frankenberry
  Otterbein
  2012
  Alex Husted
  Dayton
  2011
  Frank Epitropoulos
  Ohio State / Michigan State
  2012
  Nick Milo
  Cornell
  2011
  Grayson Fisher
  Princeton
  2011
  James Henry
  Toledo
  2011
  Cam Layer
  Denison
  2011
  Spencer Luallen
  Dayton
  2011
  Garrett Powers
  Georgetown
  2011
  David Smith
  Stetson
  2010
  Alex Boggs
  Southern Virginia
  2010
  Jeff Cole
  Carnage Melon
  2010
  Michael Kilstrom
  Southern Virginia
  2010
  Johnny Mikes
  Wittenberg
  2009
  John Blevins
  Miami
  2009
  Mark McClain
  Columbia
  2009
  Alex Mysiw
  Denison
  2009
  Austin Oberlin
  College of Wooster
  2009
  Jack Varanese
  Denison
  2008
  Blake Annen
  Cincinnati
  2008
  Wade D’Andrea
  Otterbein
  2008
  Thomas Farwick
  Otterbein
  2008
  Nathaniel Kell
  Denison
  2008
  Noah Krimm
  Princeton
  2008
  John Townsley
  Vanderbilt
  2008
  Isaac Wildermuth
  Valparaiso
  2008
  Kacy Yuhas
  Davidson College
  2004
  Gus Krimm
  Cornell  
  2007
  Mikel Berry
  Penn State University
  2007
  Braden Layer
  Denison
  2007
  Brandon Von Voigt
  Mount Union
  2007
  Andrew Colosimo
  University of Akron
  2006
  Rob Blevins
  Butler
  2006
  Dan Crawford
  Denison
  2006
  Adam Kattoua
  Wittenberg
  2006
  Kevin Schneider
  Denison
  2006
  Clark Tanner
  Capital
  2005
  George Brown
  Ohio Wesleyan
  2005
  Mac Soult
  Lousiville
  2004
  Chris Kemme
  Akron
  2003
  Mike Maciejowski
  Minnesota
  2003
  Victor Strausbaugh
  Navy
  2002
  Mitch Allen
  Otterbein College
  2002
  Brian Lombardo
  Colgate
  2002
  Seth Lowry
  Air Force
  2002
  Brian McClure
  Butler
  2002
  Pete Walters
  Miami – Ohio
  2001
  Matt Johnson
  Ohio State
  2001
  Dan Kolcum
  Duquesne
  2001
  Tim Schaefer
  Ohio State
  2000
  Jeff Backes
  Northwestern
  2000
  Joe Bradley
  Ohio State
  2000
  Sean Cahill
  Cincinnati
  2000
  Adam Edwards
  Dartmouth
  2000
  Simon Fraser
  Ohio State
  2000
  Matt Lisi
  Otterbein
  2000
  Chris Miller
  Boston College
  2000
  Brian Ramey
  Maryland
  2000
  Brett Walter
  Georgetown
  1998
  Jud Cummins
  Akron
  1998
  Jesse Kline
  Ohio State
  1998
  Steve Miller
  California (PA)
  1998
  JD Poston
  Ohio Northern
  1998
  Jimmy Rogers
  Princeton
  1998
  Kyle Slager
  Arizona/Brown
  1997
  Nate Cikach
  Dayton
  1997
  Alex Kaparos
  Baldwin Wallace
  1997
  Andy Mills
  Kenyon
  1997
  Tom Orlando
  Appalachian State
  1997
  Chris Silliman
  Wittenberg
  1997
  Zack Prout
  Kenyon
  1997
  Mike Stafford
  Ohio State
  1996
  Scott Donaldson
  Harvard
  1996
  Carl Backes
  Harvard Division
  1995
  Chad Cacchio
  Ohio State
  1994
  Tony Callander
  Kenyon
  1994
  Brent Martin
  Bowling Green
  1994
  Omar Minshawi
  DePauw
  1994
  Jon Secrest
  DePauw
  1992
  Brian Amicon
  DePauw
  1992
  Jeff Donaldson
  Yale
  1991
  Mike Gentner
  Eastern Michigan
  1991
  Sean Gray
  Olivet Nazarene University
  1991
  Ed Harder
  Air Force
  1990
  Mike Fitzpatrick
  Yale
  1988
  Matthew Nelson
  DePauw
  1988
  Steve Wilbourne
  Bowling Green
  1987
 Robert F. Cornwell
 
  1986
  Brad Bertani
  Denison
  1986
  Steve Harder
  Dayton
  1986
  Eric Pirwitz
  Denison
  1986
  David Milo
  Marshall
  1985
  J.J. Schmidt
  Western Illinois
  1984
  Nick Cavalaris
  Navy
  1984
  Mike Milo
  Navy
  1983
  Greg Guy
  Indiana
  1983
  Mike Machinsky
  Ohio State
  1975
  Pat Boggs
  Notre Dame
  1983
  Mike Grim
  Morehead State
  1982
  Doug Millett
  Yale University
  1982
  Mark Pfister
  Ohio State
  1982
  Jamie Wilhelm
  Miami
  1981
  Paul Fry
  Dayton
  1981
  Jim Mahaney
  Denison
  1981
  Tom Wheary
  Kentucky
  1979
  Louis G. Arvanetes
  Stanford
  1974
  Bryan Johnson
  Denison
  1974
  Dale Keitz
  University of Michigan
  1974
  Scott Staker
  Bowling Green
  1974
  Jon Tenuta
  University of Virginia
 1974
 Roger Vaughan
 Kenyon  
 1973
 Bill Cornwell
 Otterbein
 1973
 Dave McCarty
 Otterbein
 1973
 Mark McPherson
 Otterbein
 1973
 Andy Schmidt
 Miami
 1973
 Craig Woods
 Dartmouth
 1973
 Tom Woodward
 Otterbein
 1972
 Brian Trotier
 Yale
 1971
 Rick Slager
 Notre Dame
 1971
 Jay Richter
 Harvard
 1971
 Bob Grasso
 Cornell
 1971
 Don Grasso
  Princeton
 1951
 Doug Goodsell
 The Ohio State University 
 1958
 Bob Jencks
 Miami
 1945
 Fred “Curly” Morrison
 The Ohio State University