Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 22

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

Anytime you win the Heisman Trophy, there is a strong bet you are the best player to wear your number at your school. As we continue to countdown to kickoff against Bowling Green, this holds true at No. 22 with one of the best Ohio State football players to ever grace the field at Ohio Stadium. 

Les Horvath earns the nod here at No. 22 after winning the Buckeyes first ever Heisman Trophy in 1944 as a senior, two years after helping Ohio State win its first ever national championship in 1942. 

Horvath, who played both quarterback and running back for the Buckeyes in his career, helped lead Ohio State in 1944 to an undefeated season, Big Ten title and a No. 2 overall ranking in the Associated Press poll. He was only allowed to play that season because of wartime rule that allowed schools to play graduate student players that had not exhausted their four years of eligibility. 

The Parma, Ohio native accounted for 1,248 all-purpose yards during his Heisman season, also being named the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten and a first team All-American. His No. 22 was retired in 2001, six years after his death in 1995. The last Buckeye to ever wear the No. 22 was Dan Colson in 1993. 

While Horvath is the easy pick here as the best to wear No. 22, there are a few more names that deserve at least a mention for their performances in the scarlet and gray uniforms. 

Wide receiver Cedric Anderson was a three year starter for Ohio State from 1981-83 and made his way into the school record book for his ability to score via the big play. Anderson ranks first in school history in average yards per catch for a career, with 21.3 yards out-performing the likes of Devin Smith and Terry Glenn. He also sits at 16th in school history in career receiving yards, with 1,707, putting him 30 yards ahead of Glenn. 

Also deserving of a mention is former Buckeye running back Leophus Hayden, who was a starting back on the 1969 and 1970 teams. Hayden also contributed to Ohio State's 1968 national title winning team, rushing for 90 yards in OSU's 27-16 win over USC in the 1969 Rose Bowl. 

Do you agree with our list? The full list of No. 22's in Buckeye history is below. Weigh in on our premium message boards with your thoughts. 

Aleskus, Joseph P. .............. 1937-38

Allegro, Joe..........................1975-77

Allen, Brian............................... 1984

Anderson, Charles C...........1939-40

Anderson, Cedric................1980-83

Colson, Dan.............................. 1993

Cupe, Tony..........................1986-88

Darnell, Dale .............................1967

Dawson, Dino........................... 1984

Diehl, Lowell ............................ 1945

Gales, Richard...................... 1971-72

Hayden, Leophus................1968-70

Horvath, Leslie................... 1942, 44

Humphrey, Hayden.................. 1985

Kremblas, Francis T.............1956-58

Leggett, William D...............1952-54

Oliphant, Marshall T. ............1931-33

Parks, Ernest.............................1943

Paulk, Foster.......................1989-92

Slager, Richard F. ......................1947

Stewart, Patrice........................1990

Volley, Ricardo .................... 1978-79

Vuchinich, Walter..................... 1935

Wallace, Jack .......................1959-61

Yonclas, Nicholas................1963-64


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