Ohio State Football: Mount Rushmore Of Offensive Lineman

Ohio State Football: Mount Rushmore Of Offensive Lineman

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Ohio State Football: Mount Rushmore Of Offensive Lineman


We’re going through a series of identifying the best of the best in history of each position group for Ohio State football. Buckeye Wire’s Terry Johnson talks about which Ohio State offensive lineman would belong on the Buckeyes’ Mount Rushmore.


 

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We’ve already looked at the Mount Rushmore of Ohio State quarterbacks. But, what about the guys that made it happen? After all, you can’t complete a pass if you’re sitting in the grass!

Given the number of outstanding offensive linemen that wore the Scarlet and Gray over the years, it was very hard to narrow the list down to four. I picked the four best in my opinion, but would be more than happy to discuss these picks on Twitter @BuckeyeWire.

Korey Stringer (1992-94)

An anchor at offensive tackle, Stringer opened up huge holes for a number of great Buckeye running backs, including Eddie George, Raymont Harris, and Robert Smith.

A three-year starter at tackle for the Buckeyes, Stringer was a consensus All-American in 1994. The Minnesota Vikings selected him in the first round of the 1995 NFL Draft with the 24th overall pick. He started 91 games for the Vikings and earned a spot in the Pro Bowl in 2000.

Unfortunately, he passed away the following year at the age of 27.

Iolas Huffman (1920-21)

Huffman deserves a spot on this list because of his versatility.

So, what do I mean by “versatility”? Huffman was the star tackle of the Buckeye football team, earning All-American honors in 1920 and 1921. He also excelled on special teams, blocking a punt in the 1920 edition of The Game, which propelled OSU to a 14-7 victory.

In addition to his skills on the gridiron, Huffman was also the starting catcher for the Buckeye baseball squad from 1920-22. He eventually gave up baseball and played 13 games in the NFL for Cleveland and Buffalo.

Chris Ward (1974-1977)

As even the most casual football fan knows, Archie Griffin is the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice. Even though he was just a freshman and sophomore at the time, Ward was instrumental in making that happen.

He was even better in his junior and senior years, earning All-American honors in 1976 and 1977.

Thanks to his unique blend of strength and speed, Ward was a first-round selection in the 1978 NFL draft, landing with the New York Jets. He would play in the 100 games in seven NFL seasons, retiring in 1984.

Orlando Pace (1994-96)

Pancake.

That one word is the best way to sum up Orlando Pace’s storied career at Ohio State. He didn’t just open up running lanes, he knocked opposing defenders on their backsides. In fact, he was so dominant that he earned unanimous All-American honors in 1995 and 1996.

Pace was every bit as successful in the NFL, starting 165 games with seven Pro Bowl appearances.

He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 2013 and enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

If those credentials don’t scream out “Greatest offensive lineman in school history”, I don’t know what does!

 

 

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