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The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time 

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Updated July 31, 2020 5.9k votes 1.2k voters 27.3k views 31 items

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College football fans, we’re ranking the best OSU Buckeyes running backs of all time. It includes every starting running back throughout Ohio State Buckeyes history, including current running backs and past ones. This Ohio State football roster has famous All-Americans, Ohio State running backs in the NFL, and Buckeyes players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Featuring some of the greatest college running backs of all time, the best Ohio State RBs include Ezekiel Elliott, Archie Griffin, Braxton Miller, and Carlos Hyde. Among the others are Heisman Trophy winning stars like Eddie George and Howard Cassady, and in the last 20 years, former Ohio State stars like J.K. Dobbins and Chris Wells have made their mark on the school's history.

Who are the greatest running backs in Ohio State Buckeyes history? Add your favorites if they’re not all on this list of Ohio State University football players who have played as running back. Vote below, then head over and check out the best Ohio State wide receivers ever.

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

Buckeyes career: 1972 - 1975

College stats
5,589 rushing yards, 26 TDs
350 receiving yards, 1 TDs

2
Ezekiel Elliott is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2013 - 2015

College Stats
3961 rushing yards, 43 TDs
449 receiving yards, 1 TDs

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

Buckeyes career: 1992 - 1995

College Stats
3768 rushing yards, 44 TDs
534 receiving yards, 1 TDs

4
J. K. Dobbins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2017 - 2018

College Stats
4285 rushing yards, 37 TDs
598 receiving yards, 5 TDs

5
Carlos Hyde is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2010 - 2013

College Stats
3198 rushing yards, 37 TDs
271 receiving yards, 4 TDs

6
Keith Byars is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1982 - 1985

College Stats
3200 rushing yards, 46 TDs
882 receiving yards, 3 TDs

7
Chris Wells is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2006 - 2008

College Stats
3382 rushing yards, 30 TDs
84 receiving yards, 0 TDs

8
Robert Smith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Robert Smith

Buckeyes career: 1990 - 1992

College Stats
1945 rushing yards, 30 TDs
196 receiving yards, 0 TDs

9
Mike Weber is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Mike Weber

Buckeyes career: 2015 - 2018

College Stats
2676 rushing yards, 24 TDs
297 receiving yards, 1 TDs

10
Antonio Pittman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2004 - 2006

College Stats
2945 rushing yards, 22 TDs
314 receiving yards, 0 TDs

11
Pete Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1973 - 1976

College Stats
2308 rushing yards, 56 TDs
78 receiving yards, 2 TDs

12
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2011 - 2015

College Stats
3315 rushing yards, 33 TDs
340 receiving yards, 3 TDs

13
Tim Spencer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Tim Spencer

Buckeyes career: 1979 - 1982

College Stats
3553 rushing yards, 36 TDs
370 receiving yards, 1 TDs

14
Dan Herron is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2008 - 2011

College Stats
2869 rushing yards, 32 TDs
309 receiving yards, 1 TDs

15
Jonathan Wells is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Jonathan Wells

Buckeyes career: 1998 - 2001

College Stats
2344 rushing yards, 26 TDs
233 receiving yards, 0 TDs

16
Jim Otis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1967 - 1969

College Stats
2542 rushing yards, 34 TDs
166 receiving yards, 1 TDs

17
Carlos Snow is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Carlos Snow

Buckeyes career: 1987 - 1991

College Stats
2974 rushing yards, 30 TDs
497 receiving yards, 4 TDs

18
Michael Wiley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Michael Wiley

Buckeyes career: 1996 - 1999

College Stats
2951 rushing yards, 27 TDs
630 receiving yards, 5 TDs

19
Howard Cassady is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
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20
Pepe Pearson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time
Pepe Pearson

Buckeyes career: 1994 - 1997

College Stats
3076 rushing yards, 32 TDs
438 receiving yards, 0 TDs

21
Raymont Harris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1990 - 1993

College Stats
2649 rushing yards, 27 TDs
122 receiving yards, 1 TDs

22
Calvin Murray is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1977 - 1980

College Stats
2576 rushing yards, 15 TDs
523 receiving yards, 2 TDs

23
Bob Ferguson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1959 - 1961

College Stats
2162 rushing yards, 26 TDs
45 receiving yards, 0 TDs

24
Terrelle Pryor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 2008 - 2010

College Stats
2164 rushing yards, 17 TDs
24 receiving yards, 2 TDs

25
Ron Springs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Buckeyes career: 1976 - 1978

College Stats
2140 rushing yards, 11 TDs
168 receiving yards, 0 TDs