Ohio State Football: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore Of Cornerbacks

Ohio State Football: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore Of Cornerbacks

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Ohio State Football: The Buckeyes' Mount Rushmore Of Cornerbacks


Here at Buckeye Wire, we’re going through the best of the best of each position group in Ohio State football history during our Mount Rushmore series. Next up is the cornerback position. 


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Ohio State Football: The Buckeyes’ Mount Rushmore Of Cornerbacks

We’re staying in the secondary as we continue our look at the best of the best in the history of the backfield of Ohio State football. It’s a position group that has seen a ton of players go to the NFL lately, and in today’s day and age of spread offenses, you better have good ones.

Here is our Mount Rushmore of cornerbacks. As always, get in on the conversation via  Twitter or Facebook.

Antoine Winfield (1995-1998)

Winfield was a two-time All-American for Ohio State, and the program’s first winner of the Thorpe Award in 1998, given to the best defensive back annually in college football.

Very adept at pass coverage, he also had numbers that usually only occur with a front-seven defender. He finished his career with 278 tackles — 22 of those being for loss despite the modest stature of 5-8, 180 lbs.

Winfield was voted the team MVP in 1997 after his 100 tackles led the team, and was also voted all Big-Ten his last two years. He finished his career with three interceptions, 29 pass break-ups, and a countless number of frustrated receivers.

He might just be the standard for cornerbacks at Ohio State.

Malcolm Jenkins (2005-2008)

Jenkins was a New Jersey native and also a Thorpe winner at Ohio State. He was named All-Big Ten in 2006 and 2007, and named a first team All-American in both his junior and senior years.

Jenkins used a physical style of coverage, and had great instincts and coverage ability that set him apart. He finished his career at Ohio State with 199 tackles and 11 interceptions.

He went on to be the No. 14 overall pick by the Saints in the 2009 NFL draft and was regarded as one of the best corners in the game during his career. He won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2010, and just recently with the Eagles this year.

Shawn Springs (1993-1996)

Springs was the definition of a lock-down corner. He had amazing technique, closing speed and on the ball skills and often took a team’s best receiver almost completely out of the game.

Springs too was named a first team All-American his senior year, and was recognized as first team All-Big Ten in 1995 and 1996, and the Big Ten’s Defensive Player of the Year also in 1996.

He also returned kicks in his career at Ohio State and was the son of former Ohio State running back Ron Springs.

He was taken third overall by the Seattle Seahawks in the 1997 NFL draft.

Chris Gamble (2000-2003)

Gamble is perhaps best well-known for starring as a two-way player in the 2002 season when OSU won the national title. He originally came to Ohio State as a wide-receiver, but in drills showed a raw and uncanny ability to cover wide-receivers.

The defensive coaches couldn’t keep him off the field.

Because of his athleticism and game-breaking ability, Gamble was also used extensively in the kick return game. In his career, he started 18 times on defense, and 12 times on offense.

He finished his career as an All-Big Ten first teamer, and compiled a total of 65 tackles, seven interceptions, caught 40 passes for 467 yards, and rushed six times for 68 yards and a TD. His INT return for a touchdown against Penn State in 2002 ended up being the difference in the game and kept a dream season alive.

Gamble could do it all, and was selected in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers where he played all nine-years of his pro career.

 

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