Tuesday, June 26, 2012

ALL-TIME OHIO STATE BUCKEYES: RUNNING BACK, WIDE RECEIVERS

Archie Griffin
I am in the midst of a series of columns listing my all-time Ohio State football team — position-by-position, including head coach. 

Today, I will be naming my starting running back and wide receivers ...

RUNNING BACK: Archie Griffin (1972-75)

Griffin is synonymous with the words "Heisman Trophy" — being that he is the only man in history to win the coveted award twice. Griffin is considered by many as the greatest Buckeye to ever live, regardless of position.

Griffin is not only the leading rusher in school history with 5,589 yards, but the closest player to him (Eddie George) is nearly 2,000 behind. In 46 games as a Buckeye, Griffin averaged more than 121 yards per outing, the only Buckeye in history to average over 100 in a career. He also scored 26 touchdowns on the ground.

The late-great Woody Hayes called Griffin "the greatest player" he's ever coached. He is one of seven Buckeyes whose jersey (45) has been retired by the school. He is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame and the only Buckeye to ever start in four Rose Bowl games.

I SELECTED HIM BECAUSE ... Wait, did you not read the bio?

WIDE RECEIVERS
Cris Carter
Cris Carter (1984-86)

Carter is second on the Buckeyes' all-time receptions list with 168 and fourth in receiving yards with 2,725. Carter was a consensus All-American in his junior year (1986) — the first ever for a Buckeye receiver — as well as a two-time All-Big Ten selection (1985-86). He accomplished all of his accolades in just three seasons at Ohio State. He had to forego his senior season in 1987 when he was ruled ineligible by the NCAA for connection with an agent. 

I SELECTED HIM BECAUSE ... Carter is the most gifted talent to ever play receiver at Ohio State. Not only could Carter run like a gazelle and leap like a panther, but his hands — which are the biggest I've ever seen on a normal-sized human being — could snare footballs out of the sky like a frog snapping down a mosquito hovering above his bog. 

Joey Galloway
Joey Galloway (1991-94)

Galloway is 10th all-time at Ohio State in receptions (108), ninth in receiving yards (1,894) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (19). He was named All-Big Ten in 1993 and was voted a Buckeye captain in 1994. Galloway was selected eighth overall in the 1995 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.

I SELECTED HIM BECAUSE ... Other than Ted Ginn Jr., Galloway was the fastest player I have ever seen in a Buckeye uniform. I believe what prevented Galloway from being recognized as an All-American was the not-so-talented duo of quarterbacks he played with in Columbus (Kirk Herstreit and Bobby Hoying). But Galloway was an incredibly dynamic game-changer when he had the ball in his hands ... hence why the Seahawks snagged him in the top ten of the draft.

Terry Glenn
Terry Glenn (1993-95)

Glenn, a walk-on at Ohio State, played just one season as a full-time receiver in Columbus (1995) but accomplished about everything a pass catcher could short of winning the Heisman. Glenn was named a consensus first-team All-American during that one season and was the winner of the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation's top receiver). He hauled in 64 passes (4th OSU history) in 1995 for 1,411 yards (2nd OSU history) and a school-record 17 touchdowns.

Glenn was selected seventh overall by the New England Patriots in the 1996 NFL Draft.

I SELECTED HIM BECAUSE ... I have never seen an Ohio State wide receiver do it better than Glenn, albeit in just one season. Glenn could beat you deep or take it 50 yards to the house on a five-yard slant. And his acrobatics on the sideline would make a contortionist blush. He actually made Hoying a first-team All-Big Ten selection at quarterback that year. 

If you can do that, you're definitely on my team.

Tomorrow on my All-Time Buckeyes squad: Cornerbacks and safeties.


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