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.
list ordered by

1
457 130
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

2
504 147
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

3
431 121
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle

4
404 117
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

5
557 173
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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6
304 108
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

7
156 26
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE

8
159 38
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

9
264 103
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

10
303 139
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

11
302 138
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

12
221 83
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

13
274 126
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

14
234 111
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

15
199 93
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
207 109
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added

17
267 140
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

18
148 68
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
151 76
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

20
137 67
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

21
150 80
Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

22
119 54
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

23
163 89
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

24
142 76
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

25
132 72
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

26
134 71
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

27
126 59
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

28
79 23
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore Cornerback

29
218 144
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

30
112 63
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

31
151 97
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

32
97 54
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

33
116 61
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

34
82 34
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
1517495445958 added J.T. Barrett

35
143 92
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

36
103 65
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

37
93 56
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

38
90 54
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

39
50 14
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever

40
100 64
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

41
89 57
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

42
77 46
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

43
91 53
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

44
95 58
Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, End, Halfback

45
83 48
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

46
79 51
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

47
81 56
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

48
73 49
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard

49
81 65
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

50
57 44
John Hicks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard