Countdown to Kickoff: 16 Days

16. JT Barrett will go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Ohio State history. He already holds a number of Ohio State records, including career passing touchdowns (69), career completions (529) and total touchdowns responsible for in a career (100). If all goes well this year he could end up with several more by the season’s end, including career passing yards and career completion percentage. While Barrett has been inconsistent at times, part of the blame for that falls on the offensive line and the play calling. A new offensive coordinator and a more experienced line should do wonders for Barrett and the Buckeyes this year. Barrett will likely be in the top 5 favorites for the Heisman Trophy this year, and he has the talent and the tools to land himself a spot at ceremony in Manhattan at the end of the year.

Countdown to Kickoff: 22 Days

22.  Les Horvath was Ohio State’s first Heisman Trophy winner, taking home the coveted award in 1944 after leading the Big 10 in rushing and total offense.  Horvath was a jack of all trades, playing quarterback, halfback and safety for the Buckeyes.  In addition to a Big 10 championship in 1944, he helped lead the Buckeyes to the school’s first national championship in 1942.  Horvath’s number 22 was retired by the Buckeyes in 2001.  Being the first Heisman Trophy winner at a school known for having more Heisman Trophies than any other.  Hopefully the Buckeyes can add another to that list soon.

Countdown to Kickoff: 45 Days


45.  Archie Griffin.  Arguably one of the best college football players of all time.  The only two-time Heisman Trophy winner in the history of the award.  The Buckeyes’ all time leader in career rushing yards (by a large margin).   I never had the pleasure of watching Griffin play but I enjoy going back and watching his highlight tapes from time to time.  He was a rare talent and he contributed so much to the University during and after his playing career.  Unfortunately Griffin’s success at the college level never carried over to the NFL.  During his 7 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals he failed to secure a regular starting role, only managing to top the century mark in 3 games.  Still, he’ll always be known as a legend in Columbus, and there may never be a better running back to ever don the scarlet and gray.