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Ohio State Buckeyes football
Ohio State Buckeyes logo.svg
First season 1890
Athletic director Gene Smith
Head coach Jim Tressel
9th year, 94–21  (.817)
Home stadium Ohio Stadium
Year built 1922
Stadium capacity 102,329
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Columbus, Ohio
Conference Big Ten
All-time record 819–308–53 (.717)
Postseason bowl record 19–22
Claimed national titles 7
(1942, 1954, 1957, 1961, 1968, 1970, 2002)
Conference titles 36
OAC: 2
Big Ten: 34
Heisman winners 7
Consensus All-Americans 78
Current uniform
Colors Scarlet and Gray            
Fight song Carmen Ohio (Alma Mater)
Across the Field and Buckeye Battle Cry
Mascot Brutus Buckeye
Marching band TBDBITL
Rivals Michigan Wolverines
Penn State Nittany Lions
Illinois Fighting Illini

The Ohio State Buckeyes football team is an intercollegiate varsity sports team of The Ohio State University. The team is a member of the Big Ten Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, playing at the Football Bowl Subdivision (formerly Division I-A) level. The team nickname is derived from the state tree of Ohio. The Buckeyes have played their home games in Ohio Stadium since 1922.

Ohio State has one the most prestigious and tradition-rich football programs of all time. Following the 2008 season, the Buckeyes were ranked #3 in ESPN's Prestige Rankings of all NCAA FBS football programs, dating back to 1936, trailing only the Oklahoma Sooners and the USC Trojans. In their 118-year history, the Buckeyes have been consensus Division IA National Champions five times, and claim a total of 7 national championships. On September 6, 2008, the Buckeyes defeated Ohio University 26–14 for their 800th win, becoming the fifth FBS team to reach the mark.[1] Jim Tressel has been the Buckeyes head coach since 2001.



National Championships

The following is a list of Ohio State's 7 consensus national championships:

Year Coach Selector Record Big Ten Record Bowl
1942 Paul Brown AP 9-1 6-1 -
1954 Woody Hayes FWAA, UPI, AP 10-0 7-0 Won Rose Bowl
1957 Woody Hayes FWAA, UPI 9-1 6-1 Won Rose Bowl
1961 Woody Hayes NFF, FWAA 8-0-1 6-0 -
1968 Woody Hayes AP, UPI FWAA 10-0 7-0 Won Rose Bowl
1970 Woody Hayes NFF 9-1 7-0 Lost Rose Bowl
2002 Jim Tressel BCS, AP, USA Today/ESPN 14-0 8-0 Won Fiesta Bowl
National Championships 7

Ohio State also has also been awarded titles unrecognized by both the NCAA and the University in: 1933, 1944, 1969, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1998

Undefeated seasons

Year Record Big Ten Record Coach
1899 9-0-1 -- John B. Eckstorm
1916 7-0 4-0 John Wilce
1917 8-0-1 4-0 John Wilce
1944 9-0 6-0 Carroll Widdoes
1954 10-0 7-0 Woody Hayes
1961 8-0-1 6-0 Woody Hayes
1968 10-0 7-0 Woody Hayes
1973 10-0-1 7-0 Woody Hayes
2002 14-0 8-0 Jim Tressel
Undefeated Seasons 9

Conference championships

Ohio State joined the Big Ten in 1912; before that they were a member of the Ohio Athletic Conference and won two OAC titles. Ohio State has won a championship in the Big Ten 33 times, second most in the conference and third most conference titles of any school in any conference.

Year Conference Coach Record Conference Record
1906 OAC Albert E. Herrnstein 8-1 4-0
1912 OAC John Richards 6-3 4-3
1916 Big Ten John Wilce 7-0 4-0
1917 Big Ten John Wilce 8-0-1 4-0
1920 Big Ten John Wilce 7-1 5-0
1935 Big Ten Francis Schmidt 7-1 5-0
1939 Big Ten Francis Schmidt 6-2 5-1
1942 Big Ten Paul Brown 9-1 5-1
1944 Big Ten Carroll Widdoes 9-0 6-0
1949 Big Ten Wes Fesler 7-1-2 4-1
1954 Big Ten Woody Hayes 10-0 7-0
1955 Big Ten Woody Hayes 7-2 6-0
1957 Big Ten Woody Hayes 9-1 7-0
1961 Big Ten Woody Hayes 8-0-1 6-0
1968 Big Ten Woody Hayes 10-0 7-0
1969 Big Ten Woody Hayes 8-1 6-1
1970 Big Ten Woody Hayes 9-1 7-0
1972 Big Ten Woody Hayes 9-2 7-1
1973 Big Ten Woody Hayes 10-0-1 7-0
1974 Big Ten Woody Hayes 10-2 7-1
1975 Big Ten Woody Hayes 11-1 8-0
1976 Big Ten Woody Hayes 9-2-1 7-1
1977 Big Ten Woody Hayes 9-3 6-2
1979 Big Ten Earle Bruce 11-1 8-0
1981 Big Ten Earle Bruce 9-3 6-2
1984 Big Ten Earle Bruce 9-3 7-2
1986 Big Ten Earle Bruce 10-3 7-1
1993 Big Ten John Cooper 10-1-1 6-1-1
1996 Big Ten John Cooper 11-1 7-1
1998 Big Ten John Cooper 11-1 7-1
2002 Big Ten Jim Tressel 14-0 8-0
2005 Big Ten Jim Tressel 10-2 7-1
2006 Big Ten Jim Tressel 12-1 8-0
2007 Big Ten Jim Tressel 11-2 7-1
2008 Big Ten Jim Tressel 10-3 7-1
2009 Big Ten Jim Tressel 11-2 7-1
Conference Champions 36


1890–1933: beginnings

In the spring of 1890 George Cole, an undergraduate, persuaded Alexander S. Lilley to coach a football team at the Ohio State University. The Buckeyes first game, played on May 3, 1890, at Delaware, Ohio, against Ohio Wesleyan University, was a victory.[2]

In the fall, life for many in Columbus revolves around Ohio State University football, from the first kickoff in September to the last play in November. OSU's first home game took place at 2:30 p.m. on November 1, 1890. The Ohio State University played the University of Wooster on this site, which was then called Recreation Park. Just east of historic German Village, the park occupied the north side of Schiller (now Whittier) between Ebner and Jaeger in what is now Schumacher Place. The weather was perfect, and the crowd cheered loudly. Nonetheless, OSU lost to Wooster, 64–0. Wooster, physically fit for the game, showed OSU that training is critical to winning. Thus, the tradition of training continues.

Chic Harley runs around the end in the 1916 Big Ten Championship game between Northwestern & Ohio St.

Over the next eight years, under a number of coaches, the team played to a cumulative record of 31 wins, 39 losses, and 2 ties. The first game against the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, was a 34-0 loss in 1897, a year that saw the low point in Buckeye football history with a 1–7–1 record.

In 1899 the university hired John Eckstorm to bring professional coaching skills to the program and immediately went undefeated.[3] In 1901, however, center John Segrist was fatally injured in a game and the continuation of football at Ohio State was in serious question. Although the school's athletic board let the team decide its future, Eckstorm resigned.[4] In 1912 football underwent a number of developments that included joining the Western Conference, making football as part of a new Department of Athletics, and hiring Lynn W. St. John to be athletic director.

Chic Harley

Chic Harley attended East High in Columbus and was one of the greatest players to attend an Ohio high school. Chic did everything at Ohio; He passed, ran, received, punted, kicked and played defense. Harley came to Ohio State in 1916 and Columbus fans instantly fell in love with the Chic. Harley and the Buckeyes won the very first Big Ten championship in school history in 1916 when the Buckeyes finished 7–0. He would repeat in 1917 finshing 8–0–1, giving the Buckeyes a second outright title. In 1918, he left to be a pilot in the air force for World War I. With Harley's return in 1919, the Buckeyes would only lose one game—to Illinois. Chic Harley left OSU with a career record of 22–1–1. At the time, OSU played at the small Ohio Field and Harley brought such record crowds it became necessary to open Ohio Stadium in 1922. The stadium was built entirely on fan donations and several stadium drives around the city where Harley would often appear. In 1951, when the College Football Hall of Fame opened, Harley was inducted as an inaugural member.

OSU's first rival

Ohio State's very first rival was Kenyon College. The Buckeyes first played them in their first season in 1890 on Nov. 27, Kenyon won the first two meetings; however, Ohio State won 15 in a row and the rivalry diminished. Kenyon made it their season goal to defeat OSU. After the Bucks joined the Big Ten they stopped playing Kenyon. The all time record stands at 18-6, OSU.

1934–1950: The Rise of a Powerhouse

In hiring Francis Schmidt in March 1934 to coach its football team, Ohio State moved its program to a "big-time" level of competition. Schmidt was a well-established coach and an acknowledged offensive innovator. His offensive schemes were a "wide-open" style called "razzle-dazzle" and led him to be the first Buckeye football coach granted a multi-year contract. Schmidt's first four seasons saw victories over archrival Michigan, all by shut-out. The 1935 squad went 7-1, its sole loss was to Notre Dame, 18-13, in the first contest between the programs. However Schmidt's remaining seasons were less successful, except in 1939 when the Buckeyes won the Big Ten championship, and his popularity faded for a number of reasons.[5] On December 17, 1940, he resigned.

Ohio State hired the coach of Massillon Washington High School football team, Paul Brown, to succeed Schmidt. Brown's Tigers had just won their sixth straight state championship. Brown immediately changed Ohio State's style of offense, planned and organized his program in great detail, and delegated to his assistant coaches using highly structured practices. In 1942, Ohio State lost 22 veteran players to military service as the United States joined World War II, and with a team of mostly sophomores went on to lose only once in winning its first national championship. Brown accepted a commission in the United States Navy in 1944 and directed his assistant Carroll Widdoes to head the team in his absence. The 1944 team fielded 31 freshmen but went undefeated and untied, including a victory over Paul Brown's Great Lakes Navy team. Ohio State finished second in the national rankings behind Army and Les Horvath became the first Buckeye to be awarded the Heisman Trophy. Also prominent on the 1942–44 teams was the first Buckeye African American star, Bill Willis.

Brown chose not to return to Ohio State after the war, going into professional football instead. Widdoes, despite having the highest two-year winning percentage of any Buckeye coach, asked to return to an assistant's position. Paul Bixler, an assistant, replaced Widdoes and endured a mediocre 4–3–2 season. Bixler resigned and talk of Ohio State being a "graveyard of coaches" became commonplace, a reputation that lingered for decades.[6]

Wes Fesler became head coach in 1947 but finished last in the Big Ten for the only time in team history. Ohio State improved greatly in 1948, winning 6 and losing 3, then in 1949 enjoyed a successful season due to the play of sophomore Vic Janowicz. Ohio State received the Rose Bowl invitation, where they came from behind to defeat California. In 1950 Fesler, rumored to be resigning because of pressures associated with the position and abuse of his family by anonymous critics, returned to coach the Buckeyes, who won six games in a row to move into the top ranking in the AP poll. However the season fell apart as the Buckeyes lost to Michigan during a blizzard, a game that came to be known as the "Snow Bowl". Two weeks later, citing concerns about his health and family, Fesler resigned.

1951–1978: The Woody Hayes Era

Wayne Woodrow Hayes beat out Paul Brown,[7] among others, to be named head coach on February 18, 1951. He instituted a demanding practice regimen and was both aggressive and vocal in enforcing it, alienating many players accustomed to Fesler's laid-back style. The 1951 Buckeyes won 4, lost 3, and tied 2, leaving many to question the ability of the new coach. In 1952 the team improved to 6-3, and recorded their first victory over Michigan in eight years, but after a 1953 loss to Michigan, critics called for the replacement of Hayes.

In 1954 the Buckeyes were picked to finish no higher than 10th in the Big Ten. Hayes, however, had the talents of Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, and a historic goal-line stand against Michigan propelled Ohio State to a perfect season. Hayes led the powerhouse Buckeyes to a shared national championship (his first and the team's second). In 1955 the team again won the Big Ten, set an attendance record, and won in Ann Arbor for the first time in 18 years, while Hopalong Cassady was securing the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State passed only three times against Michigan (the sole reception was the only completion in the final three games of the year), leading to characterization of Hayes' style of offensive play as "three yards and a cloud of dust".

In a 1955 article in Sports Illustrated, Hayes admitted making small personal loans to financially needy players.[8] The article resulted in a furor over possible violations of NCAA rules, and the faculty council, followed by the Big Ten and NCAA, conducted lengthy investigations. Big Ten Commissioner Kenneth "Tug" Wilson found Hayes and the program guilty of violations and placed it on a year's probation in 1956. In 1957 Ohio State won all of its remaining games after an opening loss to claim the Big Ten championship, win the Rose Bowl over Oregon, and share a national championship title with Auburn, for which Hayes was named Coach of the Year.

In 1961 the team went undefeated to be named national champions by the FWAA but a growing conflict between academics and athletics over Ohio State's reputation as a "football school" resulted in a faculty council vote to decline an invitation to the Rose Bowl, resulting in much public protest and debate.[9] Over the next 6 seasons Ohio State finished no higher than 2nd, and had a losing season in 1966, and public speculation that Hayes would be replaced as coach grew to its highest point since 1953.

In 1968 Ohio State defeated the number one-ranked Purdue Boilermakers and continued to an undefeated season including a 50-14 rout of Michigan and a Rose Bowl victory over the USC Trojans that resulted in the national championship. The Class of 1970 became known as the "super sophomores" in 1968, and might have gone on to three consecutive national championships except for what may have been the bitterest loss in Buckeye history. The winning streak reached 22 games as Ohio State traveled to Michigan. The Buckeyes were 17-point favorites but directed by first-year coach Bo Schembechler, Michigan shocked the Buckeyes in a 24-12 upset.

The 1969 loss to Michigan initiated what came to be known as "The Ten Year War," in which the rivalry, which pitted some of OSU’s and UM’s strongest teams ever, rose to the uppermost level of all sports and the competition between Schembechler and Hayes became legendary.[10] Four times between 1970 and 1975, Ohio State and Michigan were both ranked in the top five of the AP Poll before their matchup. Hayes had the upper hand during the first part of the war, in which Ohio State won the conference championship and went to the Rose Bowl four straight years, while Michigan won the final three.

Archie Griffin came to Ohio State in 1972, set a new Buckeye single-game rushing record and led the team in rushing for the season. The following season Hayes installed an I formation attack with Griffin at tailback and the Buckeyes went undefeated with a powerful offense and equally impenetrable defense, the only blemish on their record a 10-10 tie with Michigan. The falloff in success of Hayes' last three years was not great, but it resulted in growing criticism of Hayes and his methods, particularly his on-field fits of temper and abuse of officials.

His downfall was sudden and shocking: at the 1978 Gator Bowl, Hayes punched Clemson nose guard Charlie Bauman in the stomach and abused the referee in frustration after Bauman's 4th quarter interception sealed a Buckeye loss. Hayes was assessed two 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalties, ejected, and fired after the game.

1979–2001: The Bruce and Cooper Years

Hayes was replaced by a former protegé, Earle Bruce, who inherited a strong team led by sophomore quarterback Art Schlichter and returned to the Rose Bowl with an opportunity once again to be national champions. The Buckeyes lost both by a single point, but Bruce was named Coach of the Year. His success was hailed by those in the media who saw it as a rebuke of Hayes and the start of a "new era".[11]

1980, however, saw the start of a trend that eventually brought criticism to Bruce, when Ohio State finished with a 9–3 record. This was the first of six consecutive years at 9-3. While each of these seasons, and a 10–3 season that followed them, culminated in a bowl game, Ohio State did not appear to be any closer to a national championship than during the end of the Hayes era.

In 1986 Bruce received a 3-year contract, the first for the modern program, but the team opened with two losses for the first time in over 90 years. The Buckeyes then won nine in a row before losing to Michigan in a close game. After the season Bruce was offered the position of head coach at the University of Arizona but was persuaded to stay at his alma mater by Athletic Director Rick Bay. Hopes for a standout season in 1987 suffered a serious setback when All-American wide receiver Cris Carter was dropped from the team for signing with an agent. Heading into the Michigan game at the end of the season Ohio State was in the midst of a three game conference losing streak.

On the Monday of Michigan week, after a weekend of rumors and speculation, Ohio State President Edward Jennings fired Bruce but tried to keep the dismissal secret until after the end of the season. Jennings aggravated the situation by refusing to provide a reason for the dismissal,[12] but the Buckeyes enjoyed an emotional come-from-behind victory over Michigan after the entire team wore headbands bearing the word "EARLE."

John Cooper was hired as head coach with a winning record at both Tulsa and Arizona State University that stood out among his credentials, as did a victory over Michigan in the 1987 Rose Bowl. Cooper's thirteen years as the Buckeyes' head coach are largely remembered for a litany of negative statistics associated with him: a notorious 2–10–1 record against Michigan, a 3–8 record in bowl games, a five year losing streak to Illinois, and blowing a 15 point 3rd quarter lead and losing 28-24 against the unranked Michigan State Spartans in '98 after the Buckeyes had been ranked number 1 since the preseason. However, his tenure also included many positives: back-to-back victories over Notre Dame, two second-ranked finishes in the polls, and three Big Ten championships (albeit shared). Cooper also recruited fifteen players who were first-round draft picks in the National Football League.[13]

In January 2001, Ohio State University dismissed Cooper for a "deteriorating climate." A loss in the 2000 Outback Bowl was a factor in his subsequent firing, as was negative publicity regarding player behavior before and during the game. Other contributing factors included his record against Michigan (which was actually considered by most people to be the biggest reason for his firing), his perceived inability to win "big games", the lack of a national championship, the perception of him as an outsider by many alumni, the poor bowl game record, and finally a perceived lack of discipline on the team.[14]

2001–Present: The Tressel Era

Ohio State quickly sought a replacement for Cooper and after a nationwide search hired Jim Tressel. With four NCAA Division I-AA National Championships at Youngstown State Tressel, formerly an assistant coach for Earle Bruce, was an Ohioan who was considered to be appreciative of Buckeye football traditions. Although there were some doubts as to whether or not Tressel could repeat his earlier success at the Division 1A level, most fans and alumni met the coaching change with enthusiasm. On the day of his hiring, Jim Tressel, speaking to fans and students at a Buckeye basketball game, made a prophetic implication that he would lead the Buckeyes to beat Michigan in Ann Arbor the following November.[15]

Troy Smith in 2006

Tressel's first season was difficult as the Buckeyes finished 7-5 (all but one loss was by a touchdown or less), but he made good on his promise, beating Michigan in Ann Arbor. While its fans were optimistic about the chance for success of the 2002 team, most observers were surprised by Ohio State's National Championship.[16][17] Ohio State used strong defense, ball-control play-calling, and field position tactics to win numerous close games, a style of play characterized as "Tresselball",[18] and disparaged by detractors as "the Luckeyes".[19] The 2006 and 2007 regular seasons ended with just one combined loss and improbable back-to-back championship game appearances. On January 1, 2010, the Buckeyes defeated the Oregon Ducks in The Rose Bowl Game by a score of 26-17. This ended a 3 game BCS losing streak for Ohio State, having lost 2 National Championships and one Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. Terelle Pryor was named MVP of the contest with 2 touchdown passes for a career-high 266 passing yards. In addition, he had more total yards then the entire Oregon Ducks team.

It was announced on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 that Ohio State would be wearing a Nike-sponsored "throwback" uniform on November 21, 2009 in Ann Arbor, Michigan against their hated rivals, the Michigan Wolverines.

The uniforms are a modern take on the 1954 Buckeye uniforms and according to Ohio State athletic director, Gene Smith, are going to be worn just this once, as a tribute to the 1954 National Champion Buckeyes. No immediate changes to the current uniform are expected according to Smith.

Click here to see the Ohio State 1954 throwback uniform design.

Home venues

Buckeye football traditions

Ohio State football is rich in traditions, and Coach Tressel has since his hiring made upholding tradition a cornerstone of his program.[20] The following are football traditions in chronological order of longevity:

  • Senior tackle

Begun in 1913 by head coach John Wilce, seniors on the team are recognized at the last practice of the season, either before the Michigan game or before departing Columbus to play in a bowl game, and hit the blocking sled a final time.[21]

The winner of the Ohio State-Illinois game has been awarded the Illibuck trophy since 1925.[21]. Until 1927 the teams played for a live turtle, now it is a wooden turtle.

  • Gold pants

A gold miniature charm depicting a pair of football pants is given to all players and coaches following a victory over the Michigan Wolverines. The tradition began as the result of a comment to reporters by newly hired head coach Francis Schmidt on March 2, 1934: "How about Michigan? They put their pants on one leg at a time, the same as we do!" The first gold pants, which were a creation of Simon Lazarus (president of the Lazarus chain of department stores) and Herbert Levy,[22] were awarded that year for a 34-0 defeat of the Wolverines.[23]

  • Captain's Breakfast

1934 also saw the first gathering of former team captains for breakfast on the Sunday following the Homecoming game. The event began when local businessman Walter Jeffrey invited twenty former captains to the Scioto Country Club to honor them, and continues to welcome new captains and award them mugs bearing their names and season.[21][24]

  • Buckeye Grove

Begun in 1934, each player who wins "first-team All-America" honors is recognized by the planting of a buckeye tree and installation of a plaque in Buckeye Grove, now located near the southwestern corner of Ohio Stadium next to Morrill Tower. Trees are planted in ceremonies held prior to the Spring Game. All 126 Buckeye All-Americans dating back to 1914 have been so honored.

  • Michigan Week

Since 1935 the annual game against Michigan has been the final meeting of the regular season for both teams. The week prior to "The Game", known as Michigan Week, is characterized by scheduled school spirit and public service events, such as rallies, touch football games, and blood drives;[25] and by massive displays of school colors and banners in much of Ohio. In an unofficial culmination to Michigan Week, since 1990 on the Thursday night before "The Game" students have participated in the "Mirror Lake jump", an unofficial gathering at Mirror Lake, a pond between Pomerene Hall and The Oval, in which masses of students jump into the water.[26]

  • Block O
    BLock O in a game in the south stands

Since 1938 the registered student organization Block O has been the "Official Cheering Section" of the Buckeyes. "Known for spreading spirit, starting cheers and performing card stunts, Block 'O' was Clancy Isaac ."[27] They occupy Section 39A in the South grandstand of Ohio Stadium, next to the band.[28][29]

  • Victory Bell

The Victory Bell is rung after every Ohio State victory by members of Alpha Phi Omega, a tradition that began after the Bucks beat California October 2, 1954. Reputedly the ringing can be heard five miles away "on a calm day." Located 150 feet high in the southeast tower of Ohio Stadium, the bell was a gift of the classes of 1943, 1944 and 1945, and weighs 2,420 pounds.[21]

Beginning in 1965, Brutus Buckeye has appeared at all Ohio State football games as the live mascot of the Buckeyes. In 2007 he was inducted into the Mascot Hall of Fame and is now one of the most recognized mascots in the United States.

  • Hang on Sloopy

First played at the Illinois game of October 9, 1965, the rock song Hang on Sloopy is now played by the marching band before the start of the fourth quarter, with fans performing an O-H-I-O chant in the intervals between the refrains. The song is also played to encourage the team's defensive players when opponents are moving the ball on offense late in a game. This is also played before the fourth quarter at Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals games.[21]

  • Buckeye leaves

Since 1968, the helmets of Ohio State players have been adorned with white decals approximately the size of a quarter depicting a [[Aesculus glabra|buckeye leaf]], awarded for making significant plays and for consistency of performance.[21] In the 1970s, the decals were approximately the size of a Silver Dollar until the 1979 Season. Most believe that this practice began in 1968 when The Buckeyes switched to their present Silver Helmet design since the decals have become identified with that helmet.

  • Mirror Lake

Before the Ohio State/Michigan game at the end of the season, OSU students typically jump into Mirror Lake, located on campus, the Thursday night before the game. The tradition is thought to bring good luck to the football team the following gameday.[30]

  • Tunnel of Pride

The Tunnel of Pride began with the 1994 Michigan game when all former players who were in attendance formed a tunnel through which the team ran to take the field, and Ohio State beat its rival that day, 22–6. Rex Kern, quarterback of the 1968 National Championship team, and then Director of Athletics Andy Geiger together used the concept as a means of connecting current Buckeyes with those who played before them. The Tunnel of Pride was next formed for the 1995 Notre Dame game, which the Buckeyes also won. In each home game against Michigan since, the tradition has been repeated.[21][31]

  • Carmen Ohio

Instituted by Coach Tressel in 2001, at the conclusion of all home games the coaches, players and cheerleaders gather in the south end zone next to the marching band to sing the university's alma mater, Carmen Ohio.[32]

  • The Hive and pre-game circle

Tressel brought to the Buckeye football program two pre-game traditions he developed at Youngstown State. Prior to its warmup routine before every football game, the team exits the locker room as a unit in a controlled manner, linked arm-in-arm in a group known as "The Hive". After warmups the team returns to the locker room, and when it next appears, runs onto the field and forms a circle of players around the strength coach, who exhorts the team into a frenzy in which they pummel each other with fists.[33]

Marching band

Famous Script Ohio

The Marching Band, known as "The Best Damn Band In The Land" or by the acronym TBDBITL[34] is the most visible and possibly best-known tradition of Ohio State football.[35] Home games are preceded by three much-anticipated traditions, and a fourth, "dotting the 'i'" of Script Ohio, enjoys a reputation all its own:[21]


While its rivalry with the University of Michigan is its most renowned and intense, Ohio State has two other series marked by their longevity, both Big Ten Conference rivals, those of Indiana and Illinois. The series versus Indiana began as a non-conference matchup, with Indiana going undefeated at 4-0-1. In conference, however, the Buckeyes (despite losing the opening conference game) are 65-8-4 through the 2006 season, the most wins against any opponent. Illinois also began with non-conference games (0-1-1) but became the longest continuous series in 2002 when the schools played in their 89th consecutive year. (That record was tied by Michigan in 2007.) Through 2009 Ohio State's record against the Illini is 62-30-4. In 2007, Ohio State was given their only defeat of the regular season by the Illini.

An early Ohio State-Michigan game

When Penn State was added to the conference football play in 1993, every member was given two designated rivals, teams to be played every year, with the other conference teams rotated out of the schedule at regular intervals. For geographic convenience, the Big Ten named Penn State as Ohio State's new designated rival in addition to Michigan, and Illinois was set to be paired with in-state rival Northwestern and neighboring Indiana, and in doing so undermined Ohio State's historical rivalry with Illinois.

All-time records

All-time coaching records

All records per OSU Athletics.[3]

Head Coach Period W-L-T
Win % Conference
vs Michigan
Alexander S. Lilley 1890-1891 3-5 37.5 n/a n/a
Frederick B. "Jack" Ryder 1892-95/1898 22-22-2 50.0 n/a n/a
Charles A. Hickey 1896 5-5-1[a] 50.0 n/a n/a
David F. Edwards 1897 1-7-1 16.7 n/a 0-1
John B. Eckstorm 1899-1901 22-4-3 84.7 n/a 0-1-1
Perry Hale 1902-1903 14-5-2 71.4 n/a 0-2
Edwin R. Sweetland 1904-1905 14-7-2 65.2 n/a 0-2
Albert E. Herrnstein 1906-1909 28-10-1 73.1 1 0-4
Howard H. Jones 1910 6-1-3 75.0 n/a 0-0-1
Harry Vaughn 1911 5-3-2 60.0 n/a 0-1
John R. Richards 1912 6-3 66.7 1 0-1
John W. Wilce 1913-1928 78-33-9 68.8 3 4-7
Sam Willaman 1929-1933 26-10-5 69.5 2-3
Francis A. Schmidt 1934-1940 39-16-1 70.5 2 4-3
Paul E. Brown 1941-1943 18-8-1 68.5 1 1 1-1-1
Carroll C. Widdoes 1944-1945 16-2 88.9 1 1-1
Paul Bixler 1946 4-3-2 55.6 0-1
Wesley E. Fesler 1947-1950 21-13-3 60.8 1 0-3-1
W.W. "Woody" Hayes 1951-1978 205–61-10 76.1 13 5 16-11-1
Earle Bruce 1979-1987 81-26-1 75.5 4 5-4
John Cooper 1988-2000 111-43-4 71.5 3 2-10-1
Jim Tressel 2001-Current 94-21 81.7 6 1 8-1
TOTALS 1890-Current 819-308-53 71.7 34 7 43-57-6

a Hickey was hired part-way into the season and a student coached the team several games.

All-time bowl games

2009/10 Rose— Ohio State 26, Oregon 17

2008/09 Fiesta— Texas 24, Ohio State 21

2007/08 BCS Championship— Louisiana State 38, Ohio State 24

2006/07 BCS Championship— Florida 41, Ohio State 14

2005/06 Fiesta— Ohio State 34, Notre Dame 20

2004/05 Alamo— Ohio State 33, Oklahoma State 7

2003/04 Fiesta— Ohio State 35, Kansas State 28

2002/03 Fiesta— Ohio State 31, Miami (FL) 24 (2OT) (National Championship)

2001/02 Outback— South Carolina 31, Ohio State 28

2000/01 Outback— South Carolina 24, Ohio State 7

1998/99 Sugar— Ohio State 24, Texas A&M 14

1997/98 Sugar— Florida State 31, Ohio State 14

1996/97 Rose— Ohio State 20, Arizona State 17

1995/96 Citrus— Tennessee 20, Ohio State 14

1994/95 Citrus— Alabama 24, Ohio State 17

1993/94 Holiday— Ohio State 28, Brigham Young 21

1992/93 Citrus— Georgia 21, Ohio State 14

1991/92 Hall of Fame— Syracuse 24, Ohio State 17

1990/91 Liberty— Air Force 23, Ohio State 11

1989/90 Hall of Fame— Auburn 31, Ohio State 14

1986/87 Cotton— Ohio State 28, Texas A&M 12

1985/86 Citrus— Ohio State 10, Brigham Young 7

1984/85 Rose— Southern California 20, Ohio State 17

1983/84 Fiesta— Ohio State 28, Pittsburgh 23

1982/83 Holiday— Ohio State 47, Brigham Young 17

1981/82 Liberty— Ohio State 31, Navy 28

1980/81 Fiesta— Penn State 31, Ohio State 19

1979/80 Rose— Southern California 17, Ohio State 16

1978/79 Gator— Clemson 17, Ohio State 15

1977/78 Sugar— Alabama 35, Ohio State 6

1976/77 Orange— Ohio State 27, Colorado 10

1975/76 Rose— UCLA 23, Ohio State 10

1974/75 Rose— Southern California 18, Ohio State 17

1973/74 Rose— Ohio State 42, Southern California 21

1972/73 Rose— Southern California 42, Ohio State 17

1970/71 Rose— Stanford 27, Ohio State 17

1968/69 Rose— Ohio State 27, Southern California 16

1957/58 Rose— Ohio State 10, Oregon 7

1954/55 Rose— Ohio State 20, Southern California 7

1949/50 Rose— Ohio State 17, California 14

1920/21 Rose— California 28, Ohio State 0

All-time Big Ten records

Source: Ohio State Athletics football page

Over the years, Ohio State has either won outright or shared 34 Big Ten titles. The championship in 2009 was OSU's sixth under Jim Tressel. The Buckeyes also won the title in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007,and 2008. The '06 '07 and '09 titles were won outright. As of 2009,Ohio State owns an all time 457-190-28 record against all Big Ten opponents past and present.

Chicago Maroons 10-2-2
Illinois Fighting Illini 62-30-4
Indiana Hoosiers 66-12-5
Iowa Hawkeyes 45-14-3
Michigan Wolverines 43-57-6
Michigan State Spartans 27-12
Minnesota Golden Gophers 42-7
Northwestern Wildcats 59-14-1
Penn State Nittany Lions 13-12
Purdue Boilermakers 37-13-2
Wisconsin Badgers 53-17-5

Individual awards and achievements

Retired football jerseys[36]
Number Player

45 Archie Griffin
31 Vic Janowicz
40 Howard "Hopalong" Cassady
22 Les Horvath
27 Eddie George
47 Charles "Chic" Harley
99 Bill Willis
WH Woody Hayes

Through the 2006 season Ohio State players have by a significant margin won more trophies than any other NCAA Division 1A program. Ohio State players have won 34 of the listed major awards, with the next closest being 26 (Oklahoma). Ohio State is the only university to have received each of the awards at least once. Of the five awards created prior to 1980 (Heisman, Lombardi, Maxwell, Outland, and Walter Camp), Ohio State has received the most with 25 (Notre Dame follows with 23).

Heisman Trophy winners

Ohio State players have won the Heisman Trophy seven times, which is tied with Notre Dame and USC for the most awards for any given school. Archie Griffin is the only two-time recipient in the history of the award.

Heisman Trophy voting

Name Year Place Pos. Class Points
Gene Fekete 1942 8 B SR. 65
Les Horvath 1944 1 QB/RB SR. 412
Warren Amling 1945 8 G. SR. 48
Vic Janowicz 1950 1 RB. JR. 633
Howard Cassady 1954 3 RB. JR. 885
Howard Cassady 1955 1 RB. SR. 2219
Bob White 1958 4 RB. SR.  ?
Bob Ferguson 1961 2 FB. SR. 771
Rex Kern 1969 3 QB. SO. 856
Jim Otis 1969 7 FB. SR. 121
Jack Tatum 1969 10 DB. SO. 105
Rex Kern 1970 5 QB. SR. 188
Jack Tatum 1970 7 DB. SR. 173
John Hicks 1973 2 OT. SR. 524
Randy Gradishar 1973 6 LB. SR. 282
Archie Griffin 1974 1 TB. JR. 1920
Archie Griffin 1975 1 TB. SR. 1800
Keith Byars 1984 2 TB. JR. 1251
Chris Spielman 1986 10 LB. SR. 60
Eddie George 1995 1 RB. SR. 1460
Bobby Hoying 1995 10 QB. SR. 28
Orlando Pace 1996 4 OT. JR. 599
AJ Hawk 2005 6 LB. SR. 29
Troy Smith 2006 1 QB. SR. 2540
Hesiman Trophy Winners 7

Lombardi Award

Ohio State players have won the Lombardi Award six times. Orlando Pace is the only two-time recipient in the history of the award.

Maxwell Award

Four Ohio State players have won the Maxwell Award:

  • Howard "Hopalong" Cassady 1955
  • Bob Ferguson 1961
  • Archie Griffin 1975
  • Eddie George 1995

Outland Trophy

Four Ohio State players have won the Outland Trophy:

Walter Camp Award

Three Ohio State players have won the Walter Camp Award:

  • Archie Griffin 1974, 1975
  • Eddie George 1995
  • Troy Smith 2006

Other awards

All-American and All-Conference honors

Through 2006 129 Buckeyes have been named first team All-Americans since 1914. Of those, 78[37] have been consensus picks. 234 have been named to the All-Big Ten team, and 15 have won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player award, including Troy Smith for 2006. The Athletic Directors of the Big Ten Conference voted Eddie George Big Ten-Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year for 1996.

On November 22, 2006, ten Buckeyes were named to either the Coaches or Conference media All-Big Ten First Team selections for the 2006 season, and seven were named to both. Troy Smith was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. Four other Buckeyes received Second Team honors.

List of All-Americans

All records per OSU Athletics.[38]


  • 1914: Boyd Cherry (E)
  • 1916: Chic Harley (B), Robert Karch (T)
  • 1917: Charles Bolen (E), Harold Courtney (E), Chic Harley (B), Kelley VanDyne (C)
  • 1918: Clarence MacDonald (E)
  • 1919: Chic Harley (B), Gaylord Stinchcomb (B)


  • 1920: Iolas Huffman (G), Gaylord Stinchcomb (B)
  • 1921: Iolas Huffman (G), Cyril Myers (E)
  • 1923: Harry Workman (QB)
  • 1924: Harold Cunningham (E)
  • 1925: Edwin Hess (G)
  • 1926: Edwin Hess (G), Marty Karow (HB), Leo Raskowski (T)
  • 1927: Leo Raskowski (T)
  • 1928: Wes Fesler (E)
  • 1929: Wes Fesler (E)


  • 1930: Wes Fesler (E), Lew Hinchman (HB)
  • 1931: Carl Cramer (QB), Lew Hinchman (HB)
  • 1932: Joseph Gailus (G), Sid Gillman (E), Lew Hinchman (HB), Ted Rosequist (T)
  • 1933: Joseph Gailus (G)
  • 1934: Regis Monahan (G), Merle Wendt (E)
  • 1935: Gomer Jones (C), Merle Wendt (E)
  • 1936: Charles Hamrick (T), Inwood Smith (G), Merle Wendt (E)
  • 1937: Carl Kaplanoff (T), Jim McDonald (QB), Ralph Wolf (C), Gust Zarnas (G)
  • 1939: Vic Marino (G), Esco Sarkkinen (E), Don Scott (HB)








Team season MVPs

Voted by players at the end of the season.

All-Century Team

Ohio State's All-Time Team

Chosen in 2001 by Athlon Sports. [1]

WR Paul Warfield 1961-63
WR Cris Carter 1984-86
WR Terry Glenn 1993-95
WR David Boston 1996-98
TE John Frank 1980-83
OL Jim Parker 1954-56
OL Korey Stringer 1992-94
OL Gomer Jones 1934-35
OL John Hicks 1970, 72-73
OL Orlando Pace 1994-96
QB Rex Kern 1967-1970
RB Howard "Hopalong" Cassady 1952-55
RB Archie Griffin 1972-75
RB Eddie George 1992-95
K Vlade Janakievski 1977-80

DL Wes Fesler 1928-30
DL Bill Willis 1942-44
DL Jim Stillwagon 1968-70
DL Dan Wilkinson 1992-93
DL Mike Vrabel 1993-96
LB Tom Cousineau 1975-78
LB Chris Spielman 1984-87
LB Andy Katzenmoyer 1996-98
LB Marcus Marek 1979-82
LB Steve Tovar 1989-92
DB Vic Janowicz 1949-51
DB Jack Tatum 1968-70
DB Mike Sensibaugh 1968-70
DB Neal Colzie 1972-74
DB Antoine Winfield 1995-98
P Tom Tupa 1984-87

NCAA Coach of the Year

Three Ohio State head coaches have received the Paul "Bear" Bryant Award as NCAA Coach of the Year a total of five times:

In addition, two coaches were voted "National Coach of the Year" before the inception of the Bryant Award. Carroll Widdoes, acting head coach after Paul Brown had entered the United States Navy, was voted the honor in 1944. Brown himself was voted the honor in 1942 for winning the National Championship but declined in favor of Georgia Institute of Technology's Bill Alexander.

Academic awards and achievements

Rhodes Scholarship

On December 6, 1985, Mike Lanese was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford.

College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-Americans

Academic All-American Hall of Fame

Academic All-Americans

Academic All-American Player of the Year

Academic All-Americans

Year Player Position
1952 John Borton Quarterback
1954 Dick Hilinski Tackle
1958 Bob White Fullback
1961 Tom Perdue End
1965 Bill Ridder Middle guard
1966 Dave Foley Offensive tackle
1967 Dave Foley Offensive tackle
1968 Dave Foley Offensive tackle
1968 Mark Stier Linebacker
1969 Bill Urbanik Defensive tackle
1971 Rick Simon Offensive tackle
1973 Randy Gradishar Linebacker
1974 Brian Baschnagel Running back
1975 Brian Baschnagel Running back
1976 Pete Johnson Fullback
1976 Bill Lukens Offensive guard
1977 Jeff Logan Running back
1980 Marcus Marek Linebacker
1980 John Weisensell¹ Offensive guard
1982 Joe Smith Offensive tackle
1982 John Frank Tight end
1983 John Frank Tight end
1983 Dave Crecelius¹ Defensive tackle
1984 Dave Crecelius Defensive tackle
1984 Mike Lanese Wide receiver
1984 Anthony Tiuliani¹ Defensive tackle
1985 Mike Lanese Wide receiver
1987 Joe Staysniak¹ Offensive tackle
1989 Joe Staysniak Offensive tackle
1990 Greg Smith¹ Defensive line
1992 Len Hartman Offensive guard
1992 Greg Smith Defensive line
1995 Greg Bellisari Linebacker
1996 Greg Bellisari Linebacker
1998 Jerry Rudzinski¹ Linebacker
1999 Ahmed Plummer Cornerback
2002 Craig Krenzel¹ Quarterback
2003 Craig Krenzel Quarterback
2006 Anthony Gonzalez Wide receiver
2006 Stan White, Jr Fullback
2007 Brian Robiskie Wide receiver
2008 Brian Robiskie Wide receiver

¹2nd team award

National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame

Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy ("Academic Heisman")

National Scholar-Athlete Awards

Ohio State's eighteen NFF Scholar-Athlete Awards rank second only to Nebraska's twenty among all college football programs.

Individual school records

Rushing records

  • Most rushing attempts, career: 924, Archie Griffin (1972-75)
  • Most rushing attempts, season: 336, Keith Byars (1984)
  • Most rushing attempts, game: 44, Champ Henson (November 18, 1972 at Northwestern)
  • Most rushing yards, career: 5,589, Archie Griffin (1972-75)
  • Most rushing yards, season: 1,927, Eddie George (1995)
  • Most rushing yards, game: 314, Eddie George (November 11, 1995 vs. Illinois)
  • Most rushing yards against Michigan, game: 222, Chris Wells (November 17, 2007)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, career: 56, Pete Johnson (1973-76)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, season: 25, Pete Johnson (1975)
  • Most rushing touchdowns, game: 5, Pete Johnson (September 27, 1975 vs. North Carolina) and Keith Byars (October 13, 1984 vs. Illinois)
  • Longest run from scrimmage: 89 yards, Gene Fekete (November 7, 1942 vs. Pittsburgh)
  • Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, career: 34, Archie Griffin (1972-75)
  • Most games with at least 100 rushing yards, season: 12, Eddie George (1995)
  • Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, career: 5 Eddie George (1992-95)
  • Most games with at least 200 rushing yards, season: 3, Eddie George (1995)

Passing records

  • Most passing attempts, career: 934, Art Schlichter (1978-81)
  • Most passing attempts, season: 384, Joe Germaine (1998)
  • Most passing attempts, game: 52, Art Schlichter (October 3, 1981 vs. Florida State)
  • Most passing completions, career: 498, Bobby Hoying (1992-95)
  • Most passing completions, season: 230, Joe Germaine (1998)
  • Most passing completions, game: 31, Art Schlichter (October 3, 1981 vs. Florida State) and Joe Germaine (October 31, 1998 at Indiana)
  • Most passing yards, career: 7,547, Art Schlichter (1978-81)
  • Most passing yards, season: 3,330, Joe Germaine (1998)
  • Most passing yards, game: 458, Art Schlichter (October 3, 1981 vs. Florida State)
  • Most passing touchdowns, career: 57, Bobby Hoying (1992-95)
  • Most passing touchdowns, season: 30, Troy Smith (2006)
  • Most passing touchdowns, game: 5, John Borton (October 18, 1952 vs. Washington State) and twice by Bobby Hoying (October 22, 1994 vs. Purdue and September 23, 1995 at Pittsburgh)
  • Longest pass completion: 86 yards, Art Schlichter to Calvin Murray (September 22, 1979 vs. Washington State)
  • Most games with at least 200 passing yards, career: 16, Bobby Hoying (1992-95)
  • Most games with at least 200 passing yards, season: 11, Bobby Hoying (1995) and Joe Germaine (1998)
  • Most games with at least 300 passing yards, career: 8, Joe Germaine (1996-98)
  • Most games with at least 300 passing yards, season: 7, Joe Germaine (1998)

Receiving records

  • Most receptions, career: 191, David Boston (1996-98)
  • Most receptions, season: 85, David Boston (1998)
  • Most receptions, game: 14, David Boston (October 11, 1997 at Penn State)
  • Most receiving yards, career: 2,898, Michael Jenkins (2000-03)
  • Most receiving yards, season: 1,435, David Boston (1998)
  • Most receiving yards, game: 253, Terry Glenn (September 23, 1995 at Pittsburgh)
  • Most touchdown receptions, career: 34, David Boston (1996-98)
  • Most touchdown receptions, season: 17, Terry Glenn (1995)
  • Most touchdown receptions, game: 4, Bob Grimes (October 18, 1952 vs. Washington State) and Terry Glenn (September 23, 1995 at Pittsburgh)
  • Longest pass reception: 86 yards, Calvin Murray from Art Schlichter (September 22, 1979 vs. Washington State)
  • Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, career: 14, David Boston (1996-98)
  • Most games with at least 100 receiving yards, season: 9, David Boston (1998)
  • Yards per Reception: 26.4, Jim Houston (1957-59)

Kickoff return records

  • Most kickoff returns, career: 72, Maurice Hall (2001-04)
  • Most kickoff returns, season: 31, Ken-Yon Rambo (1999)
  • Most kickoff returns, game: 7, Vince Workman (November 7, 1987 at Wisconsin)
  • Most kickoff return yards, career: 1,642, Maurice Hall (2001-04)
  • Most kickoff return yards, season: 653, Ken-Yon Rambo (1999)
  • Most kickoff return yards, game: 213, Carlos Snow (September 17, 1988 at Pittsburgh)
  • Most kickoff return touchdowns, career: 2, Dean Sensanbaugher (1943-47) and Lenny Willis (1974)
  • Longest kickoff return: 103 yards, Dean Sensanbaugher (October 9, 1943 at Great Lakes)

Punt return records

  • Most punt returns, career: 98, David Boston (1996-98)
  • Most punt returns, season: 47, David Boston (1997) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Most punt returns, game: 9, Tom Campana (October 16, 1971 at Indiana)
  • Most punt return yards, career: 959, David Boston (1996-98)
  • Most punt return yards, season: 679, Neal Colzie (1973) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Most punt return yards, game: 170, Neal Colzie (November 10, 1973 vs. Michigan State)
  • Most punt return touchdowns, career: 6, Ted Ginn, Jr. (2004-06) (also a Big Ten Conference record)
  • Longest punt return: 90 yards, Brian Hartline (October 13, 2007 vs. Kent State)

Scoring Records

Most points, career, Mike Nugent 358 Avrage points per game, Chic Harley 8.4

Team highs

  • Most points scored, game, 128 v.s Oberlin 1916
  • Most offensive yards, game, 714 v.s Mt. Union 1930
  • Most team TD, game, 19 v.s Oberlin 1916

Buckeyes in the NFL

Buckeyes in the NFL
NFL Draft selections
Total selected: 329
First picks in draft: 3
1st Round: 68
NFL achievements
Total Players: 308
In the Super Bowl: 54
Hall of Famers: 6

39 former Ohio State players are currently active on rosters of National Football League teams: Will Allen, Kirk Barton, Alex Boone, Bobby Carpenter, Nate Clements, Na'il Diggs, Marcus Freeman, Chris Gamble, Vernon Gholston, Ted Ginn, Jr., Anthony Gonzalez, Larry Grant, Brian Hartline, Ben Hartsock, A. J. Hawk, Santonio Holmes, Kevin Houser, Malcolm Jenkins, Michael Jenkins, James Laurinaitis, Nick Mangold, Donnie Nickey, Orlando Pace, Kenny Peterson, Ryan Pickett, Jay Richardson, Brian Robiskie, Rob Sims, Antonio Smith, Will Smith, Troy Smith, Shawn Springs, Mike Vrabel, Donald Washington, Chris Wells, Donte Whitner, Matt Wilhelm, Antoine Winfield, and Ashton Youboty.

Former notable NFL players who played at Ohio State include: Lou Groza, Dante Lavelli, Jim Parker, Bill Willis, Cris Carter, Paul Warfield, Jim Marshall, Jim Houston, Jack Tatum, Randy Gradishar, Dick Schafrath, Jim Lachey, Tom Tupa, Chris Spielman, Robert Smith, Korey Stringer, Raymont Harris, and Eddie George. Groza, Lavelli, Parker, Warfield, and Willis have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

In the 2004 NFL Draft, 14 Buckeyes were drafted, a record number for any school in a single draft.

Players selected in NFL Drafts

With two first-round selections in 2007, the Buckeyes have the second most first-round selections all-time in the history of the NFL Draft, one less than USC (67).[39] The Buckeyes had another first round selection in 2008, and two more in 2009.

2006 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick # Team Player
1 5 Green Bay Packers A. J. Hawk Linebacker
1 8 Buffalo Bills Donte Whitner Safety
1 18 Dallas Cowboys Bobby Carpenter Linebacker
1 25 Pittsburgh Steelers Santonio Holmes Wide Receiver
1 29 New York Jets Nick Mangold Center
3 70 Buffalo Bills Ashton Youboty Cornerback
3 76 New York Jets Anthony Schlegel Linebacker
4 121 Carolina Panthers Nate Salley Safety
4 128 Seattle Seahawks Rob Sims Guard
2007 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick # Team Player
1 9 Miami Dolphins Ted Ginn, Jr. Wide Receiver
1 32 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Gonzalez Wide Receiver
3 18 Indianapolis Colts Quinn Pitcock Defensive End
4 107 New Orleans Saints Antonio Pittman Running Back
5 138 Oakland Raiders Jay Richardson Defensive Tackle
5 169 Indianapolis Colts Roy Hall Wide Receiver
5 174 Baltimore Ravens Troy Smith Quarterback
6 198 Atlanta Falcons Doug Datish Center
2008 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick # Team Player
1 6 New York Jets Vernon Gholston Defensive Line
7 214 San Francisco 49ers Larry Grant Linebacker
7 247 Chicago Bears Kirk Barton Offensive Tackle
2009 NFL Draft selections
Round Pick # Team Player
1 14 New Orleans Saints Malcolm Jenkins Cornerback
1 31 Arizona Cardinals Chris Wells Running back
2 35 St. Louis Rams James Laurinaitis Linebacker
2 36 Cleveland Browns Brian Robiskie Wide receiver
4 102 Kansas City Chiefs Donald Washington Defensive Back
4 108 Miami Dolphins Brian Hartline Wide receiver
5 154 Chicago Bears Marcus Freeman Linebacker

2009 depth chart


  • QB - Terrelle Pryor, So.
  • TB - Dan Herron, So.
  • WR - Duron Carter, Fr.
  • WR - Dane Sanzenbacher, Jr.
  • WR - DeVier Posey, So.
  • TE - Jake Ballard, Sr.
  • LT - Mike Adams, So.
  • LG - Justin Boren, Jr.
  • C - Michael Brewster, So.
  • RG - Bryant Browning, Jr.
  • RT - Jim Cordle, Sr.


  • DE - Thad Gibson, Jr.
  • DE - Doug Worthington, Sr.
  • DT - Dexter Larimore, Jr.
  • DT - Cameron Heyward, Jr.
  • LB - Ross Homan, Jr.
  • LB - Brian Rolle, Jr.
  • LB - Austin Spitler, Sr.
  • CB - Chimdi Chekwa, Jr.
  • CB - Andre Amos, Sr.
  • S - Kurt Coleman, Sr.
  • S - Jermale Hines, Sr.

Special Teams

  • LS - Jake McQuaide, Sr.

OSU Depth Chart


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Further reading

  • Jack Park (2002). The Official Ohio State Football Encyclopedia. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-006-1. 
  • Jim Tressel (2003). Jeff Snook. ed. What It Means To Be A Buckeye. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-602-6. 
  • Greenberg, S.; Ratermann, D. (2004). I Remember Woody. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-57243-674-3. 
  • Robert Vare (1974). Buckeye: A Study of Coach Woody Hayes and the Ohio State Football Machine. Harper's Magazine Press. ISBN 0-06-129150-1. 

External links

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