College Football The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time  

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A list of the best Ohio State Buckeyes of all time. Since 1890, THE Ohio State University has been one of the most storied programs in college football history. Firstly, using "the" in front of the school name has been a source of pride for most Buckeyes. The school's football team has been one of the best in the NCAA. Ohio State has won seven national championships and its players, some of the most successful in college football history, are also winners of the Heisman Trophy, college football's most prestigious honor. Six Buckeyes have won the Heisman, including Archie Griffin, who is the only two-time winner of the award. Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman winner, is one of the greatest running backs in college history. He set a Buckeyes record when he ran for a whopping 313 yards in a single game versus Illinois. Some of the best Buckeyes players are also on the defensive side of the ball. Despite having a strong NFL career with the Detroit Lions and the Buffalo Bills, middle linebacker Chris Spielman is one of the most beloved Buckeyes player of all time. He was a tackling machine who powered a strong Ohio State defense during the mid-to-late 80s.

Some of the best Ohio State players of all time have had their biggest games arch the school's archrival to the north: Michigan. For years, the two schools have battled it out for the Big Ten title, which used to mean a coveted berth in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day in Pasadena. The best Buckeyes have brought their best to this storied rivalry game and have provided some of the most memorable moments in the series.

This is the list of the best Ohio State Buckeyes of all time. If you see someone missing from this list, feel free to add him to this list. Vote or rerank this list according to who you think should be considered the greatest Ohio State player of all time.
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1
540 159
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

2
488 142
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

3
462 131
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle

4
439 124
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

5
601 183
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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6
198 36
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE

7
203 46
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

8
322 119
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

9
285 108
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

10
337 149
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

11
327 145
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

12
242 90
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

13
298 134
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

14
215 97
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

15
251 118
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

16
290 148
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

17
227 118
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added

18
164 72
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
160 81
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

20
130 57
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

21
154 79
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

22
147 71
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

23
158 84
Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

24
174 94
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

25
95 28
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

26
141 75
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

27
135 62
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

28
141 75
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

29
120 65
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

30
229 154
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

31
163 102
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

32
125 62
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

33
99 43
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
1517495445958 added J.T. Barrett

34
41 5
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Denzel Ward Cornerback

35
102 58
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

36
150 96
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

37
111 67
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

38
101 57
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

39
97 58
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

40
108 65
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

41
96 56
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

42
58 18
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever

43
97 55
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

44
102 60
Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, End, Halfback

45
85 52
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

46
88 50
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

47
81 50
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

48
81 50
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard

49
89 58
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

50
87 69
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback