So we thought we would extend the rankings to include Nos. 51 through 100. It only goes to show that the Buckeyes have had an overabundance of outstanding players over the years.
51. Gaylord "Pete" Stinchcomb – Stinchcomb was a halfback for the Buckeyes who played in the same backfield with Chic Harley and then took over when Harley graduated. He led OSU to a perfect regular season in 1920, helping the team make its first-ever appearance in the Rose Bowl. A two-time All-American, Stinchcomb was also a standout basketball player and the 1921 national intercollegiate long jump champion. He was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1973.
52. Warren Amling – A two-time All-America lineman who finished seventh in the 1944 Heisman Trophy balloting, Amling was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and the College Football Hall of Fame in 1984. He also played basketball for the Buckeyes and is the only member of the College Football Hall of Fame to start in a Final Four contest.
53. Ollie Cline – Nicknamed the "Blond Bomber," Cline was a fullback and linebacker for the Buckeyes. He was a blocking back in 1944 when Les Horvath won the Heisman Trophy and then led OSU in rushing in 1945 with a then-record 936 yards. Cline also set the single-game record rushing record with 229 yards against Pitt in 1945, a mark that record stood until Archie Griffin broke it in 1972.
54. William White – A four-year starter at cornerback for the Buckeyes from 1984-87, White was a leader on some excellent Ohio State defenses. He also had a nose for the ball. He is one of eight players in school history to grab three interceptions in a single game (vs. West Virginia in 1987) and he finished his OSU career with 16 picks, tying him for third place on the all-time list.
55. John Brockington – A big, bruising running back who spent the first part of his OSU career as a blocker, Brockington came into his own as a senior in 1970 when he became only the second Buckeye in history to top the 1,000-yard mark. His 261 carries that year still ranks ninth in school history nearly four decades after his final game. Green Bay made Brockington the ninth overall pick in the 1971 NFL draft and he repaid them with 1,105 yards and by winning NFC Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
56. Steve Tovar – A quiet, unassuming workhorse, Tovar was one of the few defensive stars for Ohio State during the early part of the John Cooper era. The two-time All-American led the Buckeyes in tackles for three consecutive seasons, one of only three players to accomplish that feat since 1970. (Marcus Marek and A.J. Hawk are the others.)
57. Doug Donley – Teaming with Art Schlichter to create one of the most lethal air attacks Ohio State has ever known, Donley was a fleet, sure-handed receiver who started for three seasons from 1978-80. His total of 2,252 career yards was the best in school history when he graduated and still ranks sixth all-time. Donley's career average of 21.2 yards per catch still ranks second.
58. Jim Lachey – Most Buckeye fans believe Lachey was a dominant offensive lineman during his OSU career. The truth is that he was a starter for only one season – but that season was tremendous. He anchored the line in 1984, paving the way for Keith Byars to rush for 1,764 yards and 22 TDs. Lachey earned All-America honors that year and went on to an all-pro career in the NFL,
59. Jan White – Overshadowed by many of his more-famous "Super Sophomore" teammates, White was one of the best technicians ever to play the tight end position at Ohio State. He could also catch the ball, leading the Buckeyes in receptions in 1969 and '70. To judge what his teammates thought of him, when Rex Kern was elected offensive captain for the 1970 team, he immediately lobbied for White to join him and the vote was unanimous.
60. Arnold Chonko – One of those rare talents who succeeds in whatever they try, Chonko was a three-year starter in the defensive backfield from 1962-64 and earned All-America status in '64 – becoming the first OSU defensive back to be so honored. He was also a standout baseball player for the Buckeyes, earning All-America status in that sport as well and playing first base on the school's 1965 College World Series runners-up. Chonko later became a doctor, specializing in internal medicine and nephrology at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
61. LeCharles Bentley – A four-year letterman for the Buckeyes from 1998-2001, Bentley was a two-year starter at center in 2000-01 and won the 2001 Rimington Award as the nation's top college center. New Orleans made him a second-round pick in the 2002 NFL draft, and he went to two Pro Bowls with the Saints.
62. Terry Glenn – The 1995 Biletnikoff Award winner as college football's top receiver, Glenn went from walk-on to star. In '95, he had 61 receptions for 1,411 yards, smashing the old single-season mark of 1,127 set in 1986 by Cris Carter. Glenn's average yardage per catch that season was 22.0 and that is the second-best mark in school history.
63. Cedric Anderson – Playing alongside Donley and Gary Williams, Anderson often gets lost in the discussion of great receivers in OSU history. Nevertheless, he was one of the most explosive Buckeyes ever – his 27.6 yards per reception in 1982 is the best single-season average by more than 5.5 yards. Anderson also holds the career mark at 21.3 yards per catch (80 receptions for 1,707 yards).
64. Andy Katzenmoyer – Few defensive players have made as big a splash during their freshman seasons as "The Big Kat." He chalked up 23 tackles for loss in 1996, including five in the Rose Bowl victory over Arizona State, and finished his OSU career with 50 TFLs, fourth in school history and the most for any Buckeye who played only three seasons.
65. Vernon Gholston – Gholston had a superlative junior season in 2007, establishing new school records for sacks in a single season (14.0) and sack yardage (111) as well as tying the single-game sack mark with four against Wisconsin. He finished fifth on the career sacks list with 22½, and became the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft.
66. Gust Zarnas – A three-sport star at Ohio State, Zarnas earned All-America honors as a guard in 1937 and was voted to play in the 1938 East-West All-Star Game. He also lettered two years in baseball for the Buckeyes and one year in track. Zarnas was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
67. Gomer Jones – A fireplug of a man at 5-8 and 210 pounds, Jones anchored the OSU line in the mid-1930s as an All-America center. He also played linebacker, and in 1935, was voted the team's most valuable player. Jones went on coach at OSU, John Carroll and Oklahoma, and served as OU's athletic director from 1964 until his death in 1971. The Cleveland native was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
68. Robert Smith – Oh, what might have been had Smith played more than two seasons. He exploded onto the scene in 1990, breaking Archie Griffin's freshman rushing record with 1,126 yards. He left the team before his sophomore year in a dispute with an assistant coach before returning in 1992 to lead the team in rushing again. Smith then skipped his senior year and was a first-round selection in the '93 NFL draft, going to Minnesota with the 21st overall pick.
69. Al Washington – A four-year letterman from 1977-80, Washington doesn't get nearly the credit he deserves for piling up 345 total tacklers while playing linebacker alongside tackle machines like Tom Cousineau and Marcus Marek. His 120 stops in 1979 led the team that came within a whisker of winning the national championship.
70. Dave Foley – The big offensive tackle was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes and a key member of the 1968 national championship team. He helped lead the way for an offense that averaged 32 points and 440 yards per game on its way to a perfect 10-0 record that season. He earned All-America honors in 1968 and was also a three-time Academic All-American. Foley was elected to the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1984.
71. Neal Colzie – Long before Ted Ginn Jr. came along, Colzie dazzled OSU opponents as a flashy punt returner. He still holds the record for most punt return yardage in a single game, running back eight for 170 yards against Michigan State in 1973. And despite Ginn's greatness, Colzie still holds the school record for best career punt return averageat 14.5.
72. Bob Shaw – Inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1996, Shaw was one of the top receivers in college football in the early 1940s. He earned All-America honors after helping the 1942 football team to the national championship. During that season, he caught a touchdown pass in the 21-7 win over Michigan. Shaw later played six seasons in the NFL and became the first receiver ever to catch five TD passes in a single game.
73. Tim Fox – One of the top cornerbacks in school history, Fox is perhaps as well known for doing backflips in the end zone after returning interceptions for touchdowns. He was also an accomplished punt return man, averaging better than 15 yards per return during his senior year in 1975. An All-American as a senior, Fox was a three-year starter and played in four Rose Bowls for the Buckeyes. He was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998.
74. William "Tippy" Dye – An excellent passer and runner, Dye quarterbacked the Buckeyes to three straight victories over Michigan in the mid-1930s, a feat that wasn't matched until 70 years later by Troy Smith. In the 1935 game against the Wolverines, Dye also returned a punt 78 yards during OSU's 38-0 victory. Dye was also an outstanding basketball talent and was elected to the university's athletic hall of fame in 1984.
75. Aurealius Thomas – One of the unsung stars of the 1957 national championship team, Thomas starred as both a guard and linebacker for the Buckeyes. Head coach Woody Hayes thought him so valuable that Thomas averaged 52 minutes per game during that '57 season. He earned All-America honors as a senior and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
76. Santonio Holmes – Never the biggest or fastest receiver on the team, Holmes simply got open, made catches and scored touchdowns. He led the Buckeyes in receiving in 2004 and '05, and finished his three-year career with 140 receptions for 2,295 yards and 25 TDs. All-time, Holmes ranks fifth in catches and yardage and third in touchdowns. His 224 yards against Marshall in 2005 also stands as the second-best day for an OSU receiver.
77. Dan Wilkinson – In just three short years, Wilkinson went from overweight prospect with marginal academic eligibility to the No. 1 pick in the NFL draft. After redshirting in 1991 and losing about 50 pounds, "Big Daddy" piled up 90 tackles, including 23½ for loss, the next two seasons and then decided to turn pro. Cincinnati made him the overall No. 1 pick in the '94 draft and he played 13 seasons in the league with the Bengals, Redskins, Lions and Dolphins.
78. Lew Hinchman – Usually lost in the discussion about great Ohio State halfbacks, Hinchman was good enough to earn a trio of All-America honors in the early 1930s. He was the team captain and MVP during his senior season in 1932. Hinchman's athletic exploits were not limited to the gridiron. He starred in three other sports for the Buckeyes, earning three letters in basketball, two in baseball and one in golf.
79. Merle Wendt – One of only seven Buckeyes to earn three All-America honors, Wendt began his college career as a fullback. But he became so valuable in Francis Schmidt's razzle-dazzle offensive attack that he was switched to an end position to take advantage of his pass-catching skills. He also was a sure-handed tackler from his defensive end position.
80. Cecil Souders – An excellent receiver, Souders was named the Buckeyes' most valuable player in 1946 when he led the team with nine catches for 157 yards. He became on the second end to be named team MVP. He was a member of the 1942 national championship team and the 1944 squad that went undefeated and earned the national "civilian" championship. He was elected to the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2002.
81. Chuck Csuri – An All-American at tackle, Csuri was voted the team MVP during the 1942 national championship season. That year, he led a rushing attack that averaged 5.2 yards per carry and 281.2 yards per game in addition to 33.7 points per contest. Csuri left OSU after that season to join the military, but he returned to finish his collegiate career in 1946 and earned his third varsity letter. After graduation, he became a national leader in the field of computer graphics.
82. Raymont Harris – "The Quiet Storm" is one of the most underrated tailbacks in the modern era of Ohio State football. His 1,344 yards in 1993 ranks as the 10th best single-season total in program history, and his 2,649 career yards is ninth on the all-time list. He was also MVP of the 1993 Holiday Bowl win over BYU with 235 yards and three TDs. The yardage and touchdown totals are OSU bowl records.
83. Kurt Schumacher – Schumacher was a two-year starter at left tackle on teams that posted 14-1-1 record in conference play while winning two Big Ten championships. He earned All-Big Ten honors during the 1973 and '74 seasons and was named to the All-America team during his senior campaign. New Orleans selected Schumacher with the 12th overall pick of the 1975 draft.
84. Don Scott – Scott was a two-time All-American, the first Ohio State quarterback to earn that distinction. He led the Buckeyes to the 1939 Big Ten championship team and also played on the OSU basketball team that won the conference title that same year. Scott was killed in World War II and the university airport bears his name.
85. Van Ness DeCree – A two-time All-American and three-year starter at defensive end, DeCree played in three Rose Bowls during his OSU career. Teams on which he played from 1972-74 posted a combined record of 29-4-1 and never finished lower than eighth in either of the major polls. DeCree was named to the university's athletic hall of fame in 1990.
86. Mike Tomczak – A three-year starter at quarterback from 1982-84, Tomczak was extremely consistent during his tenure. He never had a 2,000-yard season, yet still ranks seventh in career yardage (5,569). Tomczak also ranks eighth in career touchdown passes with 32, and shares the school record for most consecutive passes completed with 12.
87. Bob Brudzinski – A two-time all-conference selection and an All-American in 1976, Brudzinski racked up 209 career tackles from his defensive end position. He played in three Rose Bowls and was named team MVP his senior year. Brudzisnki was a first-round NFL draft choice in 1977 and spent 13 years in the league with the Rams and Dolphins.
88. Edwin Hess – One of the Buckeyes' early stars, Hess earned All-America honors at guard during his junior and senior years in 1925 and '26. A standout both offensively and defensively, he won the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy in 1925, then the nation's top individual award.
89. Iolas Huffman – One of the program's first players to win four varsity letters, Huffman was also versatile. He earned All-America honors as a guard in 1920 and as a tackle in 1921. Huffman was the captain of the undefeated OSU team that made the school's first Rose Bowl appearance, and in his senior year, he won the Big Ten Medal of Honor as Ohio State's top scholar-athlete.
90. Ted Provost – The glue that kept a young secondary together in 1968, Provost catapulted the Buckeyes to the national championship that year with a key interception return for a touchdown against Purdue. He was a three-year starter and All-American in 1969, and won so many Buckeye leaf helmet sticker awards that head coach Woody Hayes nicknamed him "The Tree."
91. Matt Finkes – Despite being overshadowed by some flashier teammates in the mid-1990s, Finkes' name is all over the Ohio State defensive record books. His 59.0 career tackles for loss ranks second in school history and his 25.0 sacks ranks third. Finkes also ranks fourth all-time in total sack yardage with 170.
92. Doug Van Horn – With Van Horn leading the charge from a right tackle spot, the Buckeyes featured one of the top rushing attacks in college football in the mid-1960s. Not only did he earn All-Big Ten and All-America honors during his senior year of 1965, Van Horn was also voted Ohio State's most valuable player by his teammates. After leaving OSU, he had a 13-year NFL career, mostly with the New York Giants.
93. Fred Bruney – A ball hawk who played for both Wes Fesler and Woody Hayes in the early 1950s, Bruney smashed all of the Ohio State records for interceptions during his career. His 17 career picks rank second all-time only to Mike Sensibaugh's 22, and Bruney is the only Buckeye ever to twice record three interceptions in a single game. He did it in 1951 during a 0-0 tie with Illinois and again in '52 during a 27-7 victory over Michigan, OSU's first win over its archrivals in eight years.
94. Tom DeLeone – One of the top centers in program history, DeLeone stepped into a starting job as a junior in 1970 and anchored an offensive line that allowed the likes of Rex Kern and John Brockington to run wild. DeLeone earned All-Big Ten honors twice and All-America honors as a senior before playing 13 seasons in the NFL, mostly with the Cleveland Browns.
95. Jim Marshall – A rough, tough player who instilled fear in his opponents (as well as more than a few of his teammates), Marshall earned All-America honors as a junior in 1958. He was also a record-setting shot put and discus thrower for the OSU track team. Marshall left the Buckeyes after his junior season to play in the Canadian Football League, and later became a star in the NFL as a member of the Minnesota Vikings' famed "Purple People Eaters" defense.
96. Rufus Mayes – After spending two years as the starting tight end, Mayes moved to a tackle position in 1968 and earned All-America honors. Chicago took him with the 14th overall pick of the 1969 NFL draft, and Mayes enjoyed an 11-season pro career, including nine in Cincinnati. He was inducted into the OSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984.
97. Bob White – One of the stars of the 1957 national championship team, White began that season as a little-used linebacker. But early that year, Woody Hayes started to use White as a fullback and he turned in several outstanding performances. His best game came against Iowa when he carried on nearly every play of the game-winning touchdown drive. When White finished his career, he was third on OSU's career rushing list with 1,816 yards.
98. Craig Krenzel – He had neither a powerful arm nor blinding speed, but what Krenzel had was a wealth of football instincts, and he used them to help the Buckeyes to a magical national championship run in 2002. His value to the team was never more on display than in the title game when he threw for 122 yards and rushed for 81 and two touchdowns, earning game MVP honors as Ohio State upset defending national champion Miami (Fla.) in double overtime.
99. Tom Tupa – You could make an argument for Tupa as the best punter in school history. His 44.7-yard career average is second only to Andy Groom (45.0), but Tupa kicked for four seasons to only two for Groom. Tupa also has the top two single-season averages – 47.1 as a freshman in 1984 and 47.0 as a senior in 1987. He was also a pretty fair quarterback, ranking 16th all-time in passing yardage (2,252).
100. Pepe Pearson – Another running back who gets short shrift when discussing greats of the past, Pearson had a huge junior season in 1996 when he carried 299 times for 1,484 yards. The carries total ranks third all-time and the yardage is the seventh-best single season output for a Buckeye running back. Pearson finished his career with 3,121 yards, one of only five OSU runners to top the 3,000-yard mark. Archie Griffin, Eddie George, Tim Spencer and Keith Byars – all members of the BuckeyeSports.com's top 50 players of all-time – are the others.