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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 11

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

Eleven days until kickoff, we are set to reveal our pick as the Best Buckeye Ever to wear the No. 11 at Ohio State. 

For us it was an easy pick here as we are going with former Buckeye corner Antoine Winfield (1995-98). Winfield was Ohio State's first ever Thorpe Award winner, taking home the honors as a senior captain, leading OSU to an 11-1 season and a Sugar Bowl win over Texas A&M. 

As a junior and first year starter in 1997, Winfield led the team in tackles with 100 while also collecting a pair of interceptions and three quarterback sacks and was named team MVP for his stellar year. 

Winfield left Ohio State as a two time first team All-American and two time first team All-Big Ten selection. He was selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills, where he spent five seasons before spending most of his career with the Minnesota Vikings. He was a three time pro-bowler in his NFL career, from which he retired in August of 2013. 

Other Buckeyes to make note of here include safety Vonn Bell (2013-15) and wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez (2003-06). A two year starter, Bell was named a first team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection in 2015 and was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Gonzalez ranks 23rd in program history in both career receiving yards (1,286) and career receptions (87) and was selected in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He was named a first team All-Big Ten player in 2006 after helping the Buckeyes to an appearance in the 2007 BCS title game. 

The full list of former Buckeyes to wear No. 11 can be seen below. Do you agree with our selection? Make sure to weigh in on our premium message boards with you thoughts. 

Barnes, Ronald......................... 1956

Bell, Dorian ........................ 2009-10

Bell, Vonn........................2013-14-15

Boudrie, James........................ 1953

Brugge, Robert S. ......... 1944, 46-47

Cook, Justin ............................. 2015

Cowman, Randall................ 1970-72

Curtis, Clarence ...................1981-83

Dobbs, Bennie ..........................1934

Elliot, Ray.................................. 1938

Ernst, Richard.......................1951-52

Fortney, Douglas.................1962-63

Giesler, Mike ............................ 1988

Gillian, Lonnie R. .................1967-69

Gonzalez, Anthony.............2003-06

Graf, Jack R.........................1939-40

Graham, Kent ...................... 1990-91

Harrell, James......................1975-77

Hill, Steve ............................1984-85

Hurley, Bo................................. 1992

Key, Keith ................................. 1984

Liptak, Steve ............................ 1933

Lynn, George M....................1941-42

Matlock, Bill.........................1987-88

McNutt, Richard ..................1999-02

Nardi, Richard L. .......................1937

Niemeyer, Bryan ...................... 1992

Pulliam, Chad........................... 1996

Sabino, Etienne....................... 2008

Schoenhoft, Rob ......................2007

Scott, James ............................2007

Stoneburner, Jake2008-09-10-11-12

Sturtz, Karl L........................1949-50

Thomas, Will C. ...................1965-66

Verdova, Alex S........................ 1945

Waller, Francis.......................... 1935

Watson, Otha ............................1978

Williams, Albert C......................1943

Winfield, Antoine.................1995-98

Young, Mike ...................... 2000-03

Zban, Mark..........................1993-94


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