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
664 190
Archie Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

2
596 171
Eddie George is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

3
561 156
Orlando Pace is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle

4
534 142
Cris Carter is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

5
733 208
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
_1443311062050 added Ezekiel Elliott

6
315 61
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Ezekiel Elliott

7
303 55
Joey Bosa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
JulietSchoemaker added Joey Bosa DE

8
379 140
Chris Spielman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

9
403 168
Ted Ginn, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

10
338 132
Jack Tatum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

11
389 162
A. J. Hawk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

12
297 106
Malcolm Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time

13
295 131
James Laurinaitis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

14
353 160
Troy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

15
249 112
Joey Galloway is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

16
275 137
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
RobMahoney added

17
149 42
Marshon Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
captainobvious added Marshon Lattimore

Cornerback

18
345 176
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

19
192 88
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

20
186 93
Paul Warfield is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

21
208 106
Cameron Heyward is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

22
107 25
MichaelĀ Thomas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
ewalls13 added MichaelĀ Thomas Wide Reciever

23
285 169
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Quarterback

24
95 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
209 115
Maurice Clarett is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

26
154 70
Terry Glenn is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Wide receiver

27
159 67
J.T. Barrett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
25snedekerr added J.T. Barrett

28
183 98
Antoine Winfield is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

29
169 84
Chris Gamble is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

30
169 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
161 88
Shawn Springs is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Cornerback

33
155 74
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

34
149 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
130 77
Jim Marshall is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive end

37
171 109
Beanie Wells is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back

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

39
113 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
27 2
Michael Thomas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
NBAMegaMaster added

43
111 67
Tom Cousineau is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Linebacker

44
97 59
Dan Wilkinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

45
115 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
98 57
Les Horvath is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Quarterback

48
107 65
Vic Janowicz is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Running back, Halfback

49
97 66
Jim Stillwagon is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Defensive tackle, Tackle

50
87 57
Jim Parker is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes of All Time
Tackle, Guard