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Countdown To Kickoff: Best Buckeye Ever To Wear No. 2

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

If No. 7 was our most loaded number, then No. 2 is a very close second. We are just about 48 hours from kickoff in Ohio Stadium and our Best Buckeye Ever series is coming to an end. 

At No. 2, the likes of Cris Carter, Mike Doss, Malcolm Jenkins, Terrelle Pryor and Ty Howard all come to mind. It is hard to declare just one of these Buckeye greats as the the best in Ohio State history, but we will at least start with the NFL Hall of Famer, Carter. 

Carter was a starter in all of his three seasons in Columbus from 1984 to 1986, and spent all three seasons terrorizing defenses. Despite being suspended for his senior season for signing with a sports agent, Carter recorded the first ever 1,000 yard receiving season in program history in 1986, catching 69 passes for 1,127 yards. That performance now ranks as the third most productive receiving season in school history. 

A first team All-America selection in 1986, Carter ranks third in program history in career receiving touchdowns with 27 and fourth in career receiving yards with 2,725. He was inducted into the Ohio State Varsity 'O'  Hall of Fame in 2003 and was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in the class of 2013. 

Next on our list is one of only eight three time All-Americans in school history, safety Mike Doss (1999-02). After a disappointing first three seasons at OSU, he made good on his declaration to return for his senior season at Ohio State in 2002 to win a national championship. Doss twice led the Buckeyes in tackles in 2000 and 2001 and ranks first in most solo tackles by a defensive back in program history, with 228. His 331 career total tackles ranks him 11th in program history. 

A two time first team All-American, Malcolm Jenkins was a lock down corner in his time at Ohio State (2005-08). A three year starter, Jenkins was a team captain in 2008, the same year he won the Thorpe Award for most outstanding defensive back in the country. He became just the second Buckeye to win the award, with Antoine Winfield being the first. Jenkins was drafted in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the New Orleans Saints, where he would win a Super Bowl ring as a rookie. He now starts for the Philadelphia Eagles at safety. 

Before becoming one of the more controversial figures in Ohio State history, Terrelle Pryor came to Columbus as one of the most highly recruited quarterbacks in program history. After just three games, Pryor earned the starting quarterback job at Ohio State and helped lead the Buckeyes to an appearance in the Fiesta Bowl after being named the Big Ten Freshman of the Year. 

In 2009, he led Ohio State to a win in the 2010 Rose Bowl, in which he earned game MVP honors. After leading Ohio State to an 11-1 regular season, Pryor would then play his last game as a Buckeye in the 2011 Sugar Bowl, in which he led OSU to a 31-26 victory over Arkansas. That game, along with the entirety of the 2010 season would be wiped from the record books due to the infamous tattoo scandal that led to the resignation of Jim Tressel. 

Pryor ranks 13th in program history in career total offense with 4,815 yards, not including the yardage he accumulated in 2010. He has since made the switch to wide receiver in the NFL where he is currently listed as a starter for the Cleveland Browns. 

Honorable mentions here include corner Ty Howard (1993-96), safety Christian Bryant (2010-13) and wide receiver Bernard Edwards (1988-91). 

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Bryant, Christian..........2010-11-12-13

Carter, Cris..........................1984-86

Doss, Michael......................1999-02

Edwards, Bernard ................1988-91

Eriksen, Chad........................... 1999

Fisher, Richard ....................1939-40

Gayle, Shaun.......................1980-83

Haw, Eric............................2004-05

Herron, Daniel..........................2007

Howard, Ty..........................1994-96

Jenkins, Malcolm...............2005-08

Johnson, Paul...................... 1970-72

Jones, David L. .........................1934

Lattimore, Marshon..............2014-15

McEldowney, Douglas..............1977

Molls, Larry................................1976

Pryor, Terrelle.....................2008-09

Shazier, Ryan*...........................2013*

Smith, Rod........................2011-12-13

Steele, Rolland..........................1997

Taylor, Walter.......................1992-93

Underwood, E.J. ..................... 2003

Wasylik, Nicholas................1936-37

Wilson, Dontre .....................2014-15

Ziegler, Major........................... 1998

Zuchengo, Albert ..................... 1938

Zwick, Justin ........................... 2003

 * - Second half of season only


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