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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 30

As the countdown to Ohio State's season opener against Bowling Green gets closer, the Buckeye Sports staff is continuing its Best Buckeye Ever series. We stand just 30 days from kickoff, so it is time to reveal our pick for the Best Buckeye Ever to don that number.

If you have been following along on our premium message board, then this story should look plenty familiar. 

For more than two months, we at BSB have been counting down to the start of Ohio State’s football season by debating the Best Buckeye Ever to wear their respective number while in Columbus. We started at No. 99, where the great Bill Willis was the clear winner at his spot. We have reached 30 days to kickoff, so it is time to debate the Best Buckeye Ever to wear that number. 

The BSB staff has concluded that from the below list, Greg Bellisari gets the nod, at least from us as the Best Buckeye Ever to wear No. 30. 

While a member of the scarlet and gray, Bellisari was a three year starter at linebacker from 1994-1996 and was a captain on Ohio State’s Rose Bowl winning team his senior season. In 1995, he led the Silver Bullets in tackles with 98. 

Bellisari also excelled off the field, as he was a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection, in addition to being a two-time academic All-American in his final two years in Columbus. 

His professional career was short lived as he played just two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1997-1998, tallying just one career tackle. He now is known as Dr. Bellisari as he works as a certified orthopedic surgeon in Upper Arlington, Ohio. 

Honorable mention goes to running back Lydell Ross. Ross ranks 29th in OSU history in all-purpose yards and was a captain in 2004. He ranks 18th on Ohio State’s all-time rushing list. 

The full list of Buckeyes to wear No. 30 is seen below. Do you agree or disagree with our selection? 

Bellisari, Greg......................1993-96

Bogard, Devan................2012-13-14

Bruckner, Edwin....................... 1940

Drake, Jared ............................ 2015

Dreffer, Stephan D. .................. 1964

Durbin, Tyler............................. 2015

Evege, Donnie ........ 2007-08-09-10

Gage, Ralph G.......................... 1958

Gorby, Herbert ......................... 1945

Hans, Joseph ........................... 1953

Harris, Jasper............................1943

Howard, Dedrick.......................1987

Johnson, Brent....................1989-92

Katterhenrich, David L. ......1960, 62

Kee, Michael .......................1983-85

Lovely, Mark............................. 1993

Ludwig, Paul L.......................... 1952

Mathis, Almond Louis .......... 1971-73

McCarthy, Patrick ..................... 1956

Ott, Jason............................1997-00

Payton, Joel .........................1977-78

Portsmouth, Thomas...........1965-67

Priday, Paul .............................. 1942

Riddick, Dre............................. 2006

Roberts, Vernell ........................1934

Ross, Lydell .........................2001-04

Seaman, Walter........................ 1935

Simon, Charles..........................1974

Smith, Brien...............................1981

Susec, Otto............................... 1988

Wagner, Jack W........................1950

Welch, Sirjo ........................2004-05

Young, James......................1954-55

Young, Louis C. ........................ 1938

Zimmerman, Dick...................... 1941


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