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Aug. 24, 2000

%^$COLUMBUS, Ohio–John Cooper, Ohio State head football coach, announced today four Ohio State players were elected captain for the 2000 season.%^$

%^$Seniors Ken-Yon Rambo (Cerritos, Calif./Long Beach Poly), Rodney Bailey (Cleveland, Ohio/St. Edwards) and Joe Cooper (Columbus, Ohio/Independence) along with junior Steve Bellisari (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton) were elected captains following a team vote Thursday morning.%^$

%^$ “These are four outstanding team leaders,” Coach Cooper said. “They have provided outstanding%^$ leadership during the spring and fall. I expect they will be tremendous captains for our team this year.”%^$

%^$ Rambo (6-1, 160) is regarded as one of the fastest receivers in the Big Ten. An honorable mention%^$ All-Big Ten selection in 1999, Rambo caught 41 passes for 833 yards as a junior. He ranked fourth in the Big%^$ Ten in receiving yards per game (69.4) and all-purpose yards per game (128.3).%^$

%^$ Bailey (6-3, 270) will anchor the Buckeye defensive line this season from his left end position. He has%^$ made 22 starts during his career, including six last season. He recorded 23 tackles as a junior, including 17%^$ solos.%^$

%^$ Cooper (6-0, 225) increased his playing time dramatically as the season wore on in 1999 at the outside%^$ linebacker spot. He recorded 36 tackles, 22 solos, in 12 contests, including a season-high eight stops against%^$ Illinois.%^$

%^$ Bellisari (6-3, 220) will enter the season as the starting quarterback for the Buckeyes in his junior%^$ campaign. He threw for 1,616 yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore with a season-high output of 243%^$ passing yards against Ohio University. He was the first sophomore to start at quarterback since Joe Germaine%^$ in 1996.%^$

%^$ Bellisari is the first junior captain since Thomas “Pepper” Johnson in 1984 and the first junior captain in%^$ the John Cooper era.