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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 4

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

Just four days separate us from the first college football Saturday, and kickoff in Columbus as the Buckeyes are set to open the 2016 season against Bowling Green. 

As we roll along with our Best Buckeye Ever series, we hit No. 4, which has been worn by many Ohio State stars. 

We start with our pick as the best to wear No. 4, wide receiver Santonio Holmes (2003-05). Holmes made his fair share of big plays during his time at Ohio State, and scored at least once every time he played against Michigan. He led the Buckeyes in receiving in 2004 and 2005, nearly eclipsing the 1,000 yard mark his final season, finishing with 977 yards on 53 catches. He was named a first team All-Big Ten selection that season. 

He left Ohio State early to enter the 2006 NFL Draft where he was drafted late in the first round by the Pittsburgh Steelers. He would help the Steelers to a win in Super Bowl XLIII, where he made the game-winning reception in the closing minutes and was named Super Bowl MVP. He currently ranks fourth in Ohio State history in career touchdown receptions with 25 and sixth in career receiving yards with 2,295. 

Other notable names at this number include safety Kurt Coleman (2006-09), quarterback Kirk Herbstreit (1990-93) and kicker Josh Jackson (1995-96). Coleman was a captain, first team All-American and first team All-Big Ten selection as a senior in 2009 and finished his OSU career with a Rose Bowl win over Oregon. He would slip to the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft, but has managed to make a name for himself in the league, becoming a starter for the NFC Champion Carolina Panthers. 

Herbstreit is known better for being a college football analyst for ESPN, but at one time he was a Buckeye team captain. In 1992, Herbstreit was Ohio State's starting quarterback, throwing for 1,904 yards on the year and finishing his career with a 9-4-1 record as a starter. 

On the Buckeyes current squad, Curtis Samuel is a player who could push into this discussion before his college career is over. Samuel is expected to be one of the Buckeyes most explosive playmakers in 2016. 

Who is your pick as the Best Buckeye Ever to wear No. 4? Make sure to weigh in with your thoughts on our premium message boards. Note: Will Allen was not considered as an option here as he only wore No. 4 for one season. He was discussed in our No. 26 post which can be seen here. 

Allen, Will................................. 2003

Barnett, C.J. ................2010-11-12-13

Bell, Kelvin............................1981-83

Berry, Jaamal ................. 2009-10-11

Birkholtz, Paul .......................... 1936

Burrows, Norman................1978-80

Coleman, Kurt ..............2006-08-09

Ferrelli, Jeffery..........................1976

Harley, Rob.............................. 2002

Herbstreit, Kirk....................1990-93

Holmes, Santonio ........2003-04-05

Jackson, Josh .....................1995-96

Keith, Randal T. .........................1972

Keith-Jones, Emmett................ 1984

Rambo, Ken-Yon..................1997-00

Rice, Elliot ............................1970-71

Samuel, Curtis......................2014-15

Siegenthaler, Wes...............1987-88

Small, Ray...........................2006-07

Smith, Jack E.......................1933-34

Strausbaugh, James E........1938-40

Vance, Chris....................... 2001-02

Wilkerson, Keith....................... 1993

Willott, Louis.........................1974-75


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