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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 29

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 29 days from kickoff, so it is time to reveal our pick for the Best Buckeye Ever to don that number.

There is less than a month until Ohio State kicks off its 2016 campaign and we at Buckeye Sports are continuing with our Best Buckeye Ever series as we come up on 29 days until kickoff against Bowling Green. 

Our pick here at Buckeye Sports goes to running back Pepe Pearson, who was a two year starter under John Cooper in 1996-1997, following the great Eddie George. 

Pearson, who played at Ohio State from 1994-97 totaled 3,076 career rushing yards as a Buckeye, which ranks him ninth in OSU history in that category. His 1,484 rushing yards in Ohio State’s Rose Bowl winning season in 1996 ranks as the 10th best single season total in school history. 

His highest single game rushing total came against Notre Dame in 1996, as he rushed for 173 yards and two scores in the Buckeyes 29-16 win in South Bend, Ind. 

His numbers dipped slightly in 1997, thanks in large part to the emergence of Michael Wiley, but Pearson still managed to lead the team in rushing for a second straight season, tallying 869 yards and 10 scores on the ground before leading Ohio State. 

In February of this year, Pearson was announced as the running backs coach at Marshall University after spending last season on Bo Pelini’s staff at Youngstown State. 

Our runner up goes to cornerback Greg Rogan, who was a three year starter at corner for the Buckeyes from 1984-86. Rogan tallied 11 career interceptions while roaming the Ohio State secondary, including five in 1986. 

Do you agree with our selection? You can see the full list of Buckeyes to wear No. 29 below. 

Ashley, Darwin ..........................1972

Aston, James .......................... 2005

Blinco, Thomas ..............1976-77, 79

Cameron, Louis......................... 1971

Clair, Frank J. ......................1938-40

Conley, William N......................1970

Cook, Bryan ........................1989-92

Cothran, Jeff ............................ 1993

Davis, Jerome......................1973-74

Grant, Cie ................................. 1998

Grand, Willie............................. 1998

Griffin, Andre............................ 1999

Hall, Jordan............................. 2009

Howe, Buster ........................... 1988

Jordan, Devin.......................... 2003

Kline, Jesse......................... 1999-01

Lane, Shaun .......................2004-08

Lepley, John............................. 1955

Maduko, Mike ......................2014-15

Maxwell, Chris......................... 2009

Myers, Raymond ................. 1981-80

Padlow, Max............................. 1933

Pearson, Pepe.....................1994-97

Rice, Taylor...................... 2010-11-12

Robson, Charles....................... 1954

Rogan, Greg........................ 1984-87

Smith, Inwood.....................1934-36

Underwood, E.J. .................... 2004

Zimmer, Robert ........................ 1946


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