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The Best Ohio State Buckeyes Running Backs of All Time

Updated July 31, 2020 9.6k votes 1.6k voters 36.9k views31 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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  • Archie Griffin1

    Buckeyes career: 1972 - 1975

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

  • Eddie George2

    Buckeyes career: 1992 - 1995

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

  • J.K. Dobbins3

    Buckeyes career: 2017 - 2018

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

  • Ezekiel Elliott4

    Buckeyes career: 2013 - 2015

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

  • Keith Byars5

    Buckeyes career: 1982 - 1985

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

  • Carlos Hyde6

    Buckeyes career: 2010 - 2013

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

  • Chris Wells7

    Buckeyes career: 2006 - 2008

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

  • Robert Smith8
    254
    130

    Robert Smith

    Buckeyes career: 1990 - 1992

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

  • Howard "Hopalong" Cassady9
  • Pete Johnson10

    Buckeyes career: 1973 - 1976

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

  • Antonio Pittman11

    Buckeyes career: 2004 - 2006

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

  • Dan Herron12

    Buckeyes career: 2008 - 2011

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

  • Jim Otis13

    Buckeyes career: 1967 - 1969

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

  • Tim Spencer14
    111
    87

    Tim Spencer

    Buckeyes career: 1979 - 1982

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

  • Mike Weber15
    209
    192

    Mike Weber

    Buckeyes career: 2015 - 2018

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

  • Braxton Miller16

    Buckeyes career: 2011 - 2015

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

  • Carlos Snow17
    100
    78

    Carlos Snow

    Buckeyes career: 1987 - 1991

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

  • Jonathan Wells18
    112
    93

    Jonathan Wells

    Buckeyes career: 1998 - 2001

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

  • Pepe Pearson19
    85
    71

    Pepe Pearson

    Buckeyes career: 1994 - 1997

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

  • Michael Wiley20
    96
    84

    Michael Wiley

    Buckeyes career: 1996 - 1999

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

  • Raymont Harris21

    Buckeyes career: 1990 - 1993

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

  • Bob Ferguson22

    Buckeyes career: 1959 - 1961

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

  • Ron Springs23

    Buckeyes career: 1976 - 1978

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

  • Don Clark24
    38
    42

    Don Clark

    Buckeyes career: 1956 - 1958

    College Stats
    2116 rushing yards, 21 TDs
    173 receiving yards, 1 TDs

  • Vince Workman25
    48
    56

    Vince Workman

    Buckeyes career: 1985 - 1988

    College Stats
    1882 rushing yards, 13 TDs
    584 receiving yards, 2 TDs