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
661 189
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

2
593 171
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

3
557 156
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle

4
531 141
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

5
730 208
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
_1443311062050 added Ezekiel Elliott

6
311 61
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

7
301 54
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE

8
377 139
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

9
402 167
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

10
336 132
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

11
388 161
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

12
295 105
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

13
294 131
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

14
351 159
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

15
247 112
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
274 137
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added

17
148 41
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

18
343 175
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

19
191 88
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

20
185 92
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

21
208 105
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

22
283 169
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

23
104 25
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever

24
94 18
Denzel Ward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
LuckyDarth123 added Denzel Ward Cornerback

25
154 70
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

26
208 115
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

27
183 98
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

28
168 84
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

29
156 67
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
25snedekerr added J.T. Barrett

30
168 86
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

31
180 99
Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

32
160 88
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

33
154 74
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

34
146 72
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

35
133 76
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

36
171 109
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

37
128 77
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

38
126 73
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

39
112 68
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

40
113 66
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

41
111 68
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

42
110 67
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

43
25 2
Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
NBAMegaMaster added

44
96 59
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

45
114 68
Chic Harley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, End, Halfback

46
93 60
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

47
97 57
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

48
106 65
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

49
87 57
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard

50
96 66
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle