Buckeye Wire Ohio State Football All-Historical Team

Buckeye Wire Ohio State Football All-Historical Team

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Buckeye Wire Ohio State Football All-Historical Team


 What if you could take the best of each position to ever run through the tunnel in Columbus and make one dominant team out of the group? That’s exactly what we decided to do at Buckeye Wire. Our three writers present to you our Ohio State all-historical first team.


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Ohio State Football All-Historical Team

If you were taking all the great players from the beginning to last season that wore Scarlet and Gray, can you imagine the team you could roll out?

Here at Buckeye Wire, the three of us writers voted on who’s the best of the best in the history of the program and came up with an all-time team. The results may be surprising at some spots, and pretty predictable at others.

Feel free to weigh in on Facebook or Twitter if you agree or think otherwise. With so many great players to choose from, there are bound to be some names left off of here some would expect to see.

So here it goes …

Quarterback

Troy Smith (2003-2006)

Troy Smith won out here, but Braxton Miller did garner some consideration by one of the writers. At the end of the day, Smith won a Heisman trophy in a landslide and gets the nod. Interestingly enough, Mr. recordbooks himself, J.T. Barrett, did not get a single vote. Granted there’s only three of us, but I digress …

Running Back

ARchie Griffin (1972-1975)

Okay, so there are certainly plenty of great running backs that have come through Columbus, but Archie might be the face of the program all-time and has two Heismans to his credit (still the only college player to win the award twice). There’s little question or controversy here so we’ll move on.

Offensive-line

Orlando Pace (1994-1996)
Korey Stringer (1992-1994)
John Hicks (1970-1973)
Jim Parker (1954-1956)
Jim Lachey (1981-1984)

This is a pretty fair and solid group, as all were first-team All-Americans. Others in consideration by our writers included LeCharles Bentley, Chris Ward, Nick Mangold, Pat Elflein and Lolas Huffman. The casual fan may have to look up a couple of those, but trust me, you’ll be glad you did and can make a mental note impress your friends when the time is right.

Tight End

Wes Fesler (1928-1930)

Fesler did a little bit of everything, but a big part of his accomplishments came from the tight end position. Rickey Dudley and Ben Hartsock also got votes — but surprisingly — not John Frank, who is the all-time leader in catches for a tight end at Ohio State.

We call ’em like we see ’em I guess.

Wide Receiver

Cris Carter (1984-1986)
Joey Galloway (1991-1994)
Terry Glenn (1993-1995)

There shouldn’t be much agony here. Certainly guys like Paul Warfield and  David Boston could have ended up on here, but we have to make cuts somewhere right? Ted Ginn, Jr. and Devin Smith also received votes from our staff.

Defensive End

Joey Bosa (2013-2015)
Mike Vrabel (1993-1996)

We split out the defensive end position because it has become so much a part of today’s game, and you can’t argue much with Bosa and Vrabel. The current Texans head coach is the all-time sacks leader at Ohio State, and there’s not too many ends that were as dominant as Bosa was in Columbus for his three year Hollywood production.

Defensive Tackle

Dan Wilkinson (1991-1993)
Jim Stillwagon (1968-1970)

Wilkinson may have flopped in the NFL, but he was a force to be reckoned with in college. Stillwagon is one of the most iconic OSU players of all time.

Linebacker

CHris Speilman (1984-1987)
A.J. Hawk (2002-2005)
james laurinaitis  (2005-2008)

Man is this a good group to pick from in OSU history (move over Penn State). All of these guys were first team All-American. You could make a case for others like Randy Gradishar and Pepper Johnson, but we like our three, thank you very much. Ode to Jim Tressel on this one?

Cornerback

Shawn Springs (1994-1996)
Antoine Winfield (1995-1998)

Pretty solid here with these two All-Americans. Both were actually a unanimous pick by our staff members and deservedly so.

Safety

Jack Tatum (1968-1970)
Mike Doss (1999-2002)

Also hard to argue against here. Tatum is one of the best safeties to ever play the game, and Doss was a three-time All-American. One of our writers did throw in two separate votes for Mike Sensibaugh and Fred Bruney so we’ll mention them honorably.

Placekicker

Mike Nugent (2001-2004)

Nuuuuge, as fans called him, actually got mentioned as a real option for the Heisman trophy in 2004 and was an All-American twice. The kid was almost automatic and broke or tied 22 school records during his playing career. Needless to say, this was also a unanimous pick by our staff.

Punter

Tom Tupa (1984-1987)

Tupa was a great punter, but his other hobby was playing quarterback. He’ll be forever known for his skills punting rather than slinging it around, as he sits near the top of many of the OSU punting records still to this day.

Kick Returner

Ted Ginn, jr. (2004-2006)

Ginn was a good wide-receiver in his own right, but was a momentum-changer in the return game. He might be the fastest Buckeye to ever play the game, and returned kickoffs and punts for a touchdown a school record eight total times. No doubt former Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr still has flashbacks to this day.

Head Coach

Urban Meyer (2012-Current)

This pick was a little controversial. Some of you may have Woody Hayes as the best head coach in OSU history, and at the end of the day, it’s sure hard to argue with five national titles. But then we thought about that day and age vs. today, and it’s just harder to win at such a high clip with the limited scholarships, practice time and early departures coaches have to deal with now.

Urban Meyer has the best all-time winning percentage of any OSU head football coach in history, and is third all-time ever the entire history of college football. That has to count for something.

But hey, if you’re taking Woody, we’ll not put up much of a fuss.

 

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