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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 13

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

Just 13 days separate us from kickoff in Ohio Stadium as the Buckeyes will begin their quest to get back to the Big Ten title game. With that, we look at the Best Buckeye Ever to wear No. 13.

Despite only playing one season and with all the controversy he brought, Maurice Clarett stands out on this list. The freshman phenom rushed for 1,237 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2002, helping Ohio State to its first national title since 1968. In his first game as a Buckeye, Clarett rushed for 175 yards and three scores as Ohio State took down Texas Tech 45-21. 

After scoring two touchdowns against Miami (FL) in the 2003 Fiesta Bowl, Clarett began what would be one of the bigger downward spirals of any athlete in program history. After allegedly accepting illegal benefits, Clarett's eligibility came into question and he was dismissed from school. Clarett would never suit up for the Buckeyes again, after testing the NFL's early entry policy and failing. 

He would eventually be drafted by the Denver Broncos in the 2005 NFL Draft, however he was cut before the season started and never appeared in a regular season game. After multiple run-ins with the law, Clarett spent around four years in prison for multiple crimes before being released in 2010. He has spent most of his time since as a motivational speaker, discussing his past with athletic programs around the country. 

Also worth mentioning is now former Buckeye cornerback Eli Apple who was recently selected in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. Apple spent just three years at Ohio State, but made quite the impact. A national champion in his first year as a starter in 2014, Apple's size helped him lock down athletic receivers and help out tremendously in the run game. 

Other names to note are quarterback Kenny Guiton (2009-13) and kicker Vlade Jankievski (1978-80). Jankievski's 41 career made field goals rank fourth in school history while Guiton is tied with current quarterback J.T. Barrett for most touchdown passes in a game with six. 

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Amos, Andre ................2005-08-09

Apple, Eli .........................2013-14-15

Bradshaw, Morris......................1973

Cacchio, Chad................1999-2000

Clarett, Maurice ...................... 2002

Collier, Stephen....................2014-15

Faler, Michael............................1977

Guiton, Kenny........ 2009-10-11-12-13

Harris, Maurice......................... 1999

Jacobs, Matt............................. 1993

Jacobs, Harlan....................2001-04

Jankievski, Vlade................1978-80

Johnson, Barry......................... 1965

Kacsandi, Ben ....................2004-08

Moore, Damon....................1994-98

Neff, Scott ................................ 1983

Nelson, Willie “Chico”.........1990-93

Norley, Walter ......................1981-82

Otis, Jim ...................................2001

Powell, Scott .......................1986-88

Pugh, Brady.............................. 1988

Rickey, Frank............................ 1940

Vann, Julian.......................... 2010-11

Williams, Joseph...................1935-6

Wilson, Donald A.................1932-33


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