The Top 5 Running Backs in Ohio State Buckeyes History

The Top 5 Running Backs in Ohio State Buckeyes History

The Top 5 Running Backs in Ohio State Buckeyes History

Ohio State Buckeyes have a rich tradition of producing exceptional running backs, who have left an indelible mark on the football program.

Together with Fan Arch, we'll take a deep dive into the careers of the top 5 running backs in Ohio State Buckeyes history, analyzing their performance, achievements, and impact on the football program.

1. Archie Griffin

Archie Griffin remains an iconic figure in Ohio State football history, becoming the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice. Griffin's exceptional talent and unwavering determination captivated fans from 1972 to 1975.

His remarkable career saw him leading Ohio State in rushing for four straight seasons, a feat unmatched in college history. Griffin's patience, quick feet, and ability to read blocks contributed to his exceptional career, culminating in a Buckeye-record 5,589 rushing yards. 

2. Eddie George

Eddie George's imposing physique and exceptional speed made him a dominant force in the Ohio State backfield from 1992 to 1995.

George's remarkable career saw him rushing for 3,768 yards, ranking him fourth all-time in Scarlet and Gray history. His senior season featured a 300-yard game against Illinois, a rare and impressive accomplishment in Buckeye history.

George's performances led to numerous accolades, including the Heisman Trophy, propelling Ohio State into the national football spotlight. 

3. Hopalong Cassady

Howard "Hopalong" Cassady's shifty and speedy running style made him a standout player for Ohio State from 1952 to 1955. His exceptional career included leading the team to a National Championship in 1954 and winning the Heisman Trophy in 1955. Cassady's power and durability, coupled with his versatility, endeared him to fans and established him as one of the premier running backs in Buckeye history. 

4. Chris "Beanie" Wells

Chris "Beanie" Wells' tenure at Ohio State from 2006 to 2008 showcased his remarkable combination of size and speed. Despite battling injuries, Wells left an indelible mark on the program, rushing for 3,382 yards and 30 touchdowns during his Buckeye career. His standout performance in 2007, rushing for 1,609 yards and 15 touchdowns, earned him first-team All-Big Ten honors and solidified his place as a formidable weapon for the Buckeyes. 

5. Ezekiel Elliott 

Ezekiel Elliott's pivotal role in Ohio State's national championship run in 2014 cemented his status as one of the top running backs in the program's history. His exceptional talent and contributions on the field were highlighted by his standout performance, rushing for 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns during the championship season. Elliott's impact on Ohio State's success, coupled with his memorable postseason run, solidifies his place among the top running backs to have graced the Scarlet and Gray.

 

The top 5 running backs in Ohio State Buckeyes history have each contributed significantly to the program's success, leaving an enduring legacy that continues to inspire fans and players alike.

Their exceptional performances, accolades, and impact on the football program solidify their places as some of the greatest running backs in college football history.


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