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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Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

2
380 101
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Orlando Pace Tackle

3
401 113
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Eddie George Running back

4
482 146
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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5
347 99
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cris Carter Wide receiver

6
271 88
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

7
239 83
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jack Tatum Safety, Defensive back

8
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Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE

9
264 113
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
A. J. Hawk Linebacker

10
256 123
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ted Ginn, Jr. Wide receiver

11
182 70
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

12
207 94
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
James Laurinaitis Linebacker

13
93 22
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

14
174 82
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Joey Galloway Return specialist, Wide receiver

The Best Heisman Trophy Winners of All Time

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236 114
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

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235 124
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Braxton Miller Quarterback

17
132 66
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

18
176 100
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added Carlos Hyde

19
121 57
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Keith Byars Running back

20
129 67
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Antoine Winfield Cornerback

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124 61
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

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Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Andy Katzenmoyer Linebacker

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144 81
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cameron Heyward Defensive end

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99 47
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terry Glenn Wide receiver

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117 64
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Shawn Springs Cornerback

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113 53
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

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191 129
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terrelle Pryor Quarterback

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116 66
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Chris Gamble Cornerback

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Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Marshall Defensive end

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Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Pepper Johnson Linebacker

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94 56
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
David Boston Wide receiver

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99 54
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Mike Doss Safety, Defensive back

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Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Maurice Clarett Running back

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83 48
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tom Cousineau Linebacker

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82 50
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Randy Gradishar Linebacker

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

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78 46
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Rex Kern Quarterback

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48 15
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore Cornerback

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Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Dan Wilkinson Defensive tackle, Tackle

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Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Vic Janowicz Running back, Halfback

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80 50
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Stillwagon Defensive tackle, Tackle

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89 59
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Will Smith Defensive end

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Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback

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74 46
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Otis Running back

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89 54
Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Chic Harley Running back, End, Halfback

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68 45
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Parker Tackle, Guard

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45 22
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Art Schlichter Quarterback

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53 41
John Hicks is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
John Hicks Tackle, Guard

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53 46
Mike Sensibaugh is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time