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
512 151
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

2
463 137
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

3
437 126
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle

4
413 118
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

5
567 177
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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6
307 112
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

7
166 28
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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8
170 40
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

9
269 104
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

10
310 141
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

11
306 140
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

12
225 86
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

13
279 128
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

14
237 113
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

15
202 94
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
211 111
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added

17
272 143
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

18
153 69
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
152 78
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

20
121 55
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

21
145 77
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

22
166 90
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

23
151 82
Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

24
138 69
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

25
129 60
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

26
136 73
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

27
133 74
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

28
220 146
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

29
82 26
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore Cornerback

30
114 64
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

31
154 98
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

32
119 62
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

33
145 93
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

34
98 56
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

35
85 37
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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36
105 66
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

37
95 57
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

38
92 58
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

39
52 15
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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40
102 65
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

41
91 56
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

42
93 55
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

43
78 48
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

44
81 52
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

45
96 60
Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, End, Halfback

46
84 50
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

47
83 57
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

48
75 50
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard

49
82 66
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

50
59 45
John Hicks is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard