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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 5

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

As we officially hit game week for the Ohio State football team, we at Buckeye Sports are down to No. 5 on our Countdown To Kickoff, and the Best Buckeye Ever to wear that number is pretty clear cut. 

Quarterback turned wide receiver Braxton Miller came to Ohio State in 2011 as a highly recruited signal caller, but sat behind veteran Joe Bauserman for the first three games of his career. Following an upset loss at the hands of Miami (FL) on the road, Miller got the call to start in week four and the rest is Buckeye history. 

As a starting quarterback, Miller put together a record of 26-8, including a 22-2 record under head coach Urban Meyer. After injuring his labrum in his right throwing shoulder, Miller missed Ohio State's title winning season in 2014, but returned in 2015 as a wide receiver. While he numbers didn't jump off the page, he did enough to help the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record and be drafted in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. He left Ohio State ranked second all time in career total offensive yards with 8,609, a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, two-time team captain and a two-time first team All-Big Ten selection. 

Other names to note here include running back Michael Wiley (1995-99), Chimdi Chekwa (2006-10), and current Ohio State linebacker Raekwon McMillan. A fast, shifty running back, Wiley led the Buckeyes in rushing in both 1998 and 1999. He ranks eighth in school history in career all-purpose yards with 4,194 and ranks 11th in career rushing yards with 2,951. Chekwa was a first team All-Big Ten selection at corner in 2010 and ranks fourth in school history in career pass breakups with 29. 

Who is your pick for the Best Buckeye Ever to wear No. 5? The full list can be found below. Make sure to weigh in on our premium message boards with your thoughts. 

Alles, Todd............................1974-75

Cargile, Jeff.............................. 1984

Chekwa, Chimdi......2006-08-09-10

Clarke, Dominic.........................2011

Colson, Dan.........................1994-96

D’Andrea, Mike.................. 2002-06

Dixon, Johnny.......................... 2015

Dorris, Victor.............................1937

Dukes, Albert .....................2004-07

Edwards, Karl.......................1981-83

Heuerman, Jeff ........................ 2014

Laughlin, James...................1977-79

Lee, Dante.................... 1989-90, 92

Lewis, Darrell ........................... 1989

Lightburn, Robert..................... 1933

Maldonado, Sammy........... 2000-01

Marcinick, Gary........................ 1985

McBrayer, Tom ....................1972, 74

McMillan, Raekwon..............2014-15

McNulty, Jim............................. 1986

Miller, Braxton..................2011-12-13

Ross, Everett .......................1986-87

Sexton, James R. ................1938-40

Sivinsky, Daniel ....................1970-71

Uhlenhake, Jeremy................. 2002

Washington, Taurian .....2008-09-10

Wiley, Michael ...............1995, 97-99

Williams, Camren ..................... 2012

Wolery, Scott .............................1974


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