Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The top 10 Ohio State players

10. Vernon Gholston

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 03:  Vernon Gholston #50 of the Ohio State Buckeyes moves to sack Tyler Donovan #12 of the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Gett

Gholston was an absolute beast his final two years in 2006 and 2007.
In 2007 he set the single-season sack record with 14, giving him 22.5 for his career, fifth most. He also had 15.5 tackles for loss, totaling 113 yards lost, second all-time in a season.
He added 15 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks in 2006.

9. James Laurinaitis

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 17: Adrian Arrington #16 of the Michigan Wolverines is tackled by James Laurinaitis #33 and Malcolm Jenkins #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 17, 2007 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Ohio State won the game 14-

Laurinaitis had help from Gohlston, but replaced A.J. Hawk with great success.
He would up with 366 tackles, ranking seventh all-time while leading the Buckeyes to two straight BCS championship games and three BCS bowls.
Laurinaitis led the team in tackles all three years and was an all-american those three years.

8. Santonio Holmes

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Wire receiver Santonio Holmes #4 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs after a catch as he looks to get by defensive back Tom Zbikowski #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on January 2,

Holmes concluded his career as the fifth all-time leading receiver in program history with 2,295 yards and is third with 25 touchdowns.
Had he stuck around for his senior season, he would have shattered both all-time records.
He also had to spend one of his three seasons with rotating quarterbacks in 2004.
The Super Bowl MVP is having the greatest pro career of all players this decade.

7: A.J. Hawk

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10:  Linebacker A.J. Hawk #47 of the Ohio State Buckeyes avoids the tackle of wide receiver Mark McCoy #25 of the Texas Longhorns after a fumble recovery during the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on September 10, 2005 in Columbus,

Hawk led the team in tackles from 2003-2005 and was a two-time all-american.
His 394 career tackles ranks fifth all-time, ahead of professional great Pepper Johnson.
He also has 41 career tackles for loss, which puts him in the top 10.

6: Mike Nugent

COLUMBUS, OH - OCTOBER 30:  Mike Nugent #85 and Kyle Turano #86 of the Ohio State Buckeyes watch the flight of a field goal attempt during the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Ohio Stadium on October 30, 2004 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defe

I know he is a kicker, but Nugent saved the Buckeyes several times in his career.
His most insane stat was going 8-for-9 in field goals over 50 yards for his career.
Nugent’s .818 career field goal percentage is far away the best ever.
He also holds the career points scored record for all players with 356.

5: Michael Jenkins

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 9:  Split end Michael Jenkins #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes hauls in the game-winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter over cornerback Antwaun Rogers #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers during the Big 10 Conference football g

While not known for scoring touchdowns, Jenkins was known for making the big catch.
He caught key touchdowns in the Purdue and Illinois games in 2002. Without him, the Buckeyes might not have won the title.
Jenkins still holds the career receiving yardage record with 2,898.

4: Troy Smith

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 08:  Quarterback Troy Smith #10 of the Ohio State Buckeyes scrambles with the ball against the Florida Gators during the 2007 Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on January 8, 2007 in Glendal

Smith won the lone Heisman Trophy in the decade for the Buckeyes, but it is hard to put him farther up the list.
Sure, he led Ohio State to a championship game appearance, but the Buckeyes made it the following year without him.
He is third all-time in total offense with 6,888 yards and second in completion percentage at 62.7%.

3: Beanie Wells

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 22: Chris Wells #28 of the Ohio State Buckeyes carries the ball during the Big Ten Conference game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 22, 2008 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Wells ran for 3,382 yards, fourth all-time, despite only playing one full year.
He carried the offense to the championship game by running for 1,609 yards in 2007, including two of the top 10 single-game totals in school history.
His 93.9 yards per game in his career in second best and if it weren’t for injuries and splitting time as a freshman, he would be clearly second alone to Archie Griffin.

2: Craig Krenzel

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 3:  Quarterback Craig Krenzel #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after scoring the team's first touchdown against the University of Miami Hurricanes during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on January 3, 2003 in Temp

There are no stats to back this selection up, but none are needed.
He was the heart-and-soul of the 2002 championship team and came back the following year two win his second BCS bowl.
Krenzel wasn’t the best quarterback, but he always made plays when the Buckeyes needed him too, especially in the Illinois game without Maurice Clarett. 

1: Mike Doss

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 24:  Safety Michael Doss #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes intercepts the ball over wide receiver Marquise Walker #4 of the Michigan Wolverines during the Big Ten Conference football game on November 24, 2001 at Michigan Stadium in An

Doss was a three-time all-american and did whatever the team needed to do.
Speaking for making clutch plays, Doss made several of them on defense in the 2002 season.
As a defensive back, Doss led the team in tackles in 2000 and 2001 and came back his senior year to win a championship.
His 331 tackles and 31 tackles for loss are both 11th best all-time, despite being a safety.
Other candidates included Antonio Pittman, Ted Ginn Jr., Will Smith and Chris Gamble.

source : http://bleacherreport.com


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