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.

1
469 137
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Archie Griffin Running back

2
423 123
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Eddie George Running back

3
398 115
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Orlando Pace Tackle

4
376 108
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cris Carter Wide receiver

5
519 159
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
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6
287 94
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

7
123 16
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE

8
251 92
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jack Tatum Safety, Defensive back

9
281 125
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
A. J. Hawk Linebacker

10
123 29
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

11
278 132
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ted Ginn, Jr. Wide receiver

12
200 75
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

13
222 103
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
James Laurinaitis Linebacker

14
254 119
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Troy Smith Quarterback

15
186 88
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Joey Galloway Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
251 133
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Braxton Miller Quarterback

17
143 70
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Antoine Winfield Cornerback

18
191 107
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added Carlos Hyde

19
130 60
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Keith Byars Running back

20
137 71
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Paul Warfield Wide receiver

21
133 65
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

22
140 75
Andy Katzenmoyer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Andy Katzenmoyer Linebacker

23
109 51
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terry Glenn Wide receiver

24
152 85
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cameron Heyward Defensive end

25
126 69
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Shawn Springs Cornerback

26
120 56
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Howard Cassady Running back, Halfback

27
127 69
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Chris Gamble Cornerback

28
203 137
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Terrelle Pryor Quarterback

29
64 19
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore Cornerback

30
103 59
David Boston is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
David Boston Wide receiver

31
139 91
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Maurice Clarett Running back

32
110 58
Mike Doss is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Mike Doss Safety, Defensive back

33
92 52
Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Pepper Johnson Linebacker

34
99 60
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Marshall Defensive end

35
133 88
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Beanie Wells Running back

36
89 52
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tom Cousineau Linebacker

37
88 54
Randy Gradishar is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Randy Gradishar Linebacker

38
85 51
Rex Kern is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Rex Kern Quarterback

39
95 61
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Will Smith Defensive end

40
72 41
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Dan Wilkinson Defensive tackle, Tackle

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62 27
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
1517495445958 added J.T. Barrett

42
87 49
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Vic Janowicz Running back, Halfback

43
77 48
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Otis Running back

44
80 46
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Les Horvath Running back, Quarterback

45
91 56
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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81 53
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Stillwagon Defensive tackle, Tackle

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71 47
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Jim Parker Tackle, Guard

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38 14
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever

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56 42
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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74 63
Art Schlichter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Art Schlichter Quarterback