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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 12

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

As we hit just 12 days to kickoff in Ohio Stadium, we come up on one of the more loaded numbers we have seen on our countdown. As we discuss the Best Buckeye Ever to wear the No. 12, we come across quite the list of candidates. 

Our leader in the clubhouse is former Buckeye wide receiver Michael Jenkins, who led Ohio State in receiving for three straight seasons 2001-03. After catching 49 passes for 988 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore, Jenkins topped that as a junior. During OSU's magical run to a national championship in 2002, Jenkins hauled in 61 passes for 1,076 yards and six scores, none more memorable than the 'Holy Buckeye' reception to beat Purdue in the closing minutes. 

Jenkins numbers saw a slight dropoff in 2003, however that didn't stop him from being a first round draft choice of the Atlanta Falcons in the 2004 NFL Draft and being named team MVP in his final year. He left Ohio State as the schools all time leader in receiving yards with 2,898, and third in school history in pass receptions with 165. He is still the last Buckeye receiver to record 1,000 receiving yards in a season. 

Next on our list is former Ohio State defensive back Tim Fox who graced the Buckeye defensive backfield from 1972-75. A three year starter, Fox exploded onto the scene as a senior in 1975, being named a team captain alongside Archie Griffin. He collected first team All-Big Ten and first team All-American honors that season before being drafted in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft by the New England Patriots. Tim is the uncle of Dustin Fox, who played cornerback for Ohio State from 2001-04. 

Other names to mention here include quarterback Cardale Jones (2012-15) and wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher (2007-10). Jones' career is well documented at Ohio State. After sitting behind Braxton Miller and J.T. Barrett, Jones stepped in for an injured Barrett for one of the most unexpected runs in college football history, leading the Buckeyes to the 2014 national title. Sanzenbacher caught 124 passes in his Ohio State career, ranking him 10th in school history. His 19 career touchdown receptions rank sixth in program history. 

Do you agree with our list? The full list can be seen below. Make sure to weight in on our premium message boards with your picks. 

Auer, John J. ............................ 1953

Barclay, Devin ....................2007-08

Biel, William J........................... 1945

Bruney, Fred K. ...................1950-52

Bruney, Robert O.................1962-63

Brungard, David A...............1967-68

Cartwright, Ernest.................... 1936

Clark, James....................... 1947-49

Cochran, Nick......................1988-89

Crooks, Duane ........................2000

Deshler, Dane .......................... 1956

Fox, Tim............................... 1972-75

Frantz, Matthew..................1986-87

Grant, Doran ............... 2011-12-13-14

Guess, Michael.................... 1976-79

Hallabrin, John D. ...............1939-40

Haupt, Richard A.................1959-60

Hilsenroth, Troy........................ 1989

Jenkins, Michael ............... 2000-02

Jones, Cardale........... 2012-13-14-15

Lane, Garcia.........................1981-83

McCoy, John .......................1964-66

Miller, James R..........................1937

Moherman, Austin...............1997-99

Moore, Ross........................ 1970-72

Pickens, Joe..............................1991

Pope, Brad ............................... 1992

Powelson, Myron ......................1944

Rees, Trevor J. ....................1933-35

Sanzenbacher, Dane2007-08-09-10

Schneider, Wilbur H. .......... 1942, 46

Tillman, Michael “Buster”...1992-96

Ward, Denzel............................ 2015

White, Terry.........................1984-85

Williams, Raymond................... 1954

Zwick, Justin ......................2004-06


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