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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 7

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

Just one more week football fans. One more week separates us from kickoff in Ohio Stadium and the first college football Saturday of 2016. 

With that, we look at the Best Buckeye Ever to Wear No. 7 and this might be the hardest number in the program to pick from. 

Chris Gamble, Joey Galloway, Ted Ginn, Joe Germaine and Cornelius Greene are all deserving of the honor here, and not just because all of their last names start with the letter G.  

A two-year starter on both sides of the ball, Gamble was team co-MVP of the Ohio State national title team in 2002. He also served as a punt returner and kick returner at times and went on to be a first round draft pick in 2004. He was also a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection in 2002-03. He spent his entire NFL career with the Carolina Panthers, last playing in 2012. 

Galloway led the Buckeyes in receiving back-to-back seasons in 1993-94 and was a first team All-Big Ten selection in 1993. He ranks sixth in program history in career touchdown receptions with 19, tied with Dane Sanzenbacher. He also ranks 10th in school history in career receiving yards with 1,894. 

Perhaps the most dangerous speedster in school history, Ginn's speed made him a freshman phenom in 2004 when he returned four punts for touchdowns for scores, none more memorable than his final one of 2004 against Michigan. He ranks first in school history in punt returns for touchdowns with six, ninth in program history in career all-purpose yards with 4,068, and receiving yards with 1,943. He led Ohio State in receiving yards in 2006 and was named an All-American for his performance. 

Germaine is one of the more proficient passers in school history, he ranks third in school history in career passing yards with 6,370 and was named team MVP in 1998, just one year after winning the Rose Bowl MVP in 1997. 

Last but certainly not least is Greene, the first black quarterback in school history. A three year starter, Greene ranks 18th in school history in career passing yards with 2,348 and 23rd in program history in career rushing yards with 2,080. 

Honorable mention goes to the player in our header photo Jalin Marshall, who helped the Buckeyes to a national title in 2014 with plenty of clutch catches down the stretch. 

Who gets the nod for you out of this loaded group? Make sure to weigh in on our premium message boards with your pick.

Antenucci, Frank L. .............1934-36

Castignola, Gregory.............1977-79

Clark, Vincent......................1988-90

Crooks, Duane ......................... 1999

Fordham, Forrest P. ............ 1937-38

Gamble, Chris ....................2002-03

Galloway, Joey....................1992-94

Ginn Jr., Ted .......................2004-06

Germaine, Joe ....................1995-98

Gordon, Denman ................1984-86

Greene, Cornelius............... 1973-75

Hall, Jordan........... 2009-10-11-12-13

Henton, Antonio.................2006-07

Hines, Jermale........ 2007-08-09-10

Howard, Travis..................... 2011-12

Marshall, Jalin.......................... 2015

Offenbecher, Brent .................. 1982

Parker, Roshawn ......................2001

Ross, Derek......................... 1999-01

Thomas, Joseph R. .................. 1933

Thomas, Lamar ..................2008-09

Thompson, Homer................... 1989

Webb, Damon .......................... 2014

Wynn, Herbert.......................... 1940

Yoder, Mike .............................. 1988

Zeune, Roger .......................1970-71


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