Favorite Non-OSU Players?

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GoBux15's picture

Ricky Dobbs - Navy was able to compete with anybody while he was under center.

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Statutoryglory's picture

Loved being him in NCAA Football 

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BrewinBuckFan's picture

He should have won the Heisman his senior year if you read the actual Heisman criteria and not what the award has become.

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Buckeyejohn's picture

I don’t know his name but this guy....

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youra6's picture

I know his name but this guy:

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Knarcisi's picture

Look at those socks those clowns were wearing.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

I still remember thinking, for a split second, that Vincent Smith's head had come completely off. 

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Scooter's picture

Sorry for the DV BJ, but I had UV'ed you before I noticed that you were a perfect 69-0 and couldn't erase without changing.  If anyone else UV's I'll change it back.

Scooter

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NOLABuckeye's picture

I almost threw a UV too but didn't want to wreck it.

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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osudray's picture

Offense - Reggie Bush was must see TV!

Defense - Tyrann "Honey Badger" Mathieu

Keep Calm and Buckeye On

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KnuckIfYouBuck's picture

My exact two votes right here.  Both were utterly fantastic to watch.

"Life's a garden, dig it." -Joe Dirt

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Calgarybuck's picture

Tie, Vince Young/Bush.  2005 season was my fav non-OSU title season by far.

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Silver Sniper's picture

That was a classic. USC was by far the more talented team but were undone by their cockiness...and a Vince Young pass from his knees with instant replay not working for that play.

This is a really hard question as I hardly rooted for anyone that wasn’t a Buckeye. Reggie Bush was just amazing but I didn’t really like him. I idolized guys like Barry Sanders, Jerry Rice, Steve Young, and Eric Metcalf but I was either unaware of them in college or before my time. I would go with Napoleon Kaufman RB from UW, Charlie Ward from FSU was fun to watch, I used to watch OJ McDuffy at Hawken before he played at PSU and then the Miami Dolphins, and then my bro and I always loved watching The Rocket Ismail who returned two kicks against TUN and ended up posting a 4.28 40 at the NFL combine.

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Calgarybuck's picture

USC was hurting on defense, I know they had Brian Cushion (LB) start at DE as a true freshman in that game just how down they were with injuries.

Still an amazing game, just insanity and those USC teams did what I always loved!

STARTED THE BETTER MORE TALENTED PLAYER.

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stxbuck's picture

Randal “”Thrill” Hill and the rest of his teammates from DaU back in the late 80s/early 90s

I loved Nolan Richardson and his “40 Minutes of Hell” teams at Arkansas

Calvin Jones-Nebraska RB in early 90s-he got in trouble in HS for outrunning his opponents so bad he ran backwards from the 40 yard line just to show off

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KnuckIfYouBuck's picture

In NCCA Fottball the video game, Pat White and Steve Slaton were by far my favorite non-OSU players

"Life's a garden, dig it." -Joe Dirt

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M5gatronBuckeye's picture

YES! I remember playing as them when i couldnt pick OSU. They were unbeatable...in the video game lol

"We'd wipe the floor with them" - Evan Spencer

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Calgarybuck's picture

Don’t leave out Owen Schmitt.

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Dmac3212's picture

Shotgun speed option all day

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silverbullets47's picture

Offense: Barry Sanders
Defense: Champ Bailey

"You win with people" — Woody Hayes

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USMC11917's picture

Logged in to say Barry Sanders. No man has possessed that great a talent and remained so humble about it. He is a winner in my book for his character and merit!

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ChicagoBuckeye10's picture

Offense: Brady Quinn (ex-2006 Fiesta Bowl, obviously).  Talk about spiral.

Defense: Jadeveon Clowney.  Talk about speed and power.

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Chic'sGhost's picture

Jim Plunkett. Admired the hell out of the guy. 

"You're welcome for the house I built."

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Page Turner's picture

Ditto.  Won a small wager when he picked up the Heisman.  Could not believe what he did to the Bucks in the Rose Bowl.  Did not have great numbers but like his boss in Oakland would say, "just win baby."

If you can't be a Buckeye, it's good to know one 

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JCam061588's picture

All-Time: Barry

Recent Memory: Reggie 

"Because I couldn't go for three"

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allinosu's picture

That fat kickoff kicker PSU had few years back tickled the shit out of me. Especially when he punked UM. The BOZ was an ass but I loved they way he was always giving those stiff asses NCAA higher ups the finger.

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Knarcisi's picture

1) Tim Brown - Hate ND, but was fun to watch.  

2) Craig "Ironhead" Heyward

3) Hershel Walker 

4) Saquon Barkley - When he was not playing us, of course.

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LCT's picture

Raghib Ismail

Lifetime vs. UM: L 8-1, C 7-0, T 4-0

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RBurgundy4's picture

I'll second that, LCT. Hate ND but Rocket is in the top handful of Offensive players I've ever seen. He was some shit. I recall Bill Walsh using the phrase "functional speed" when describing him. Sounds about right.

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LCT's picture

He was amazing. Lightning on the football field.

I always thought Ginn was very Rocket-like.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 8-1, C 7-0, T 4-0

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stxbuck's picture

There was some video game where you could hand the ball off to Ismail, and literally run laps around the entire field with your opponent chasing you and he couldn't be caught.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

The punt return vs. Colorado in the NCG, even if it was called back, was straight villainous. 

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LCT's picture

Yep. I remember it, you just knew it was coming.

Lifetime vs. UM: L 8-1, C 7-0, T 4-0

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Txsbuckeye's picture

Peter Warrick. That dude was so shifty that he made shifty people look not that shifty.

#TheBuckeyesAgainstTheWorld

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Hovenaut's picture

Percy Snow - '89 Lombardi, '89 Butkus award winning LB for MSU (out of Canton McKinley, never understood how Earle Bruce missed/didn't recruit him).

Vince Young - I know he fizzled in the pros (the Wonderlic, yes), and frustrated our Buckeyes in the home loss in '05, but dude was a baller. That Rose Bowl performance in leading the Longhorns over USC for the BCS title that season remains one of the best individual efforts I've ever seen.
 

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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Knarcisi's picture

Vince Young

Don't know that I ever saw a player individually win games the way he did.  Texas and Mack Brown should have kept the national championship trophy at Vince's house.  

In retrospect, we can thank Vince Young for JT Barrett.  Tyrone Swoopes was the same type of build and player Young was.  Texas was so enamored with this, they went all in on Swoopes and ignored JT Barrett.  

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Hovenaut's picture

Dude went off, USC could.not.stop.him that night.

If they'd have waited to award the trophy after that performance the Heisman Trust could've saved themselves the embarrassment over the Reggie Bush fiasco.

I like the take from VY to JTBIV (landing in Columbus).

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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Silver Sniper's picture

They couldn’t stop him at the end. He was given a free pass on a throw from his knees (replay not working on that play) and TX wouldn’t have even been in the game if Bush hadn’t tried to do that idiotic lateral that was recovered by TX. Add in twice where USC tried to go for it on 4th and failed when they would have had a field goal on the first and a punt on the second, either of which would have put the game out of reach. USC really blew that game. But I give full kudos to Young and TX for seizing the opportunity.

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Knarcisi's picture

Young was 30 of 40 for 267 yards and rushed for 200 yards. Kudos, indeed. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

So, as I assume you know, a QBs stats don’t mean much in the bigger context of the entire game. Watch the game over and you will see that it started to look like a blow out until Reggie Bush tried to lateral the ball to a teammate. Texas barely hung on to win after USC made one bad decision after another. Texas is very lucky to have won that game. That includes a pivotal pass from Vince Young’s knees where he should have been down and turnover in possession but it was a straight up missed call and failed booth review. But thanks for sharing that stat with me! Go watch the game 

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Knarcisi's picture

I’ve watched the game. USC made a lot of mistakes. But Vince Young played a monster game. My my, summer heat got you all sensitive or what?

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Silver Sniper's picture

Not at all. You threw in a QB stat all snarky after my comment so I was further supporting my point. I’m sure you have watched the game, but I don’t think you remember it that well else you wouldn’t have tried to come in with a QB stat to counter me. I never said Young didn’t have a strong statistical game. Sensitive? Whoever DVed me is the sensitive one. BTW, I personally love DVs. I find it hilarious how people don’t know what they are for. 

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Knarcisi's picture

I watched the game. USC made mistakes. But anyone watching that game also knows that Young played a monster game against a great team at the highest level.  And the stats support that. And the subject was great players and the conversation expanded to this game. But you had to come in (on several comments) and act like it detracts from his performance. You said it doesn’t take anything away, but the fact that you posted about it 3 times says different. And the downvote, mine and the other, were used properly for a know it all, smartassed comment. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

I actually complimented Young. Said he seized the opportunity and was unstoppable in the end. I mentioned Reggie Bush’s stupid mistake and the non-call when VY was down impacting the outcome of the game where I believed USC to be the more talented team. Not sure why any of that bothered you. This is a thread where we discuss things. You have multiple comments defending VY, being snarky about it, and then DVed me to boot. But I’m not going to DV you for it. I always thought of you as one of the good guys on this site. Have good one. 

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Knarcisi's picture

Not trying to argue at all. All I did was provide his stats which confirmed he had a monster game. You’re the one that started with the sarcastic and condescending “thanks for the stat” and  “watch the game”. You’re one of the good guys on here and I’m sure I am too. Let that be the end of it. Here, have an upvote. 

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Silver Sniper's picture

Fair enough. I appreciate that. Plus one for you too. That was always a fun game for me bc my dad and his Bros are HUGE SC fans, so that one has gone down in history as the big “what if” for them and they complain about those very points relentlessly. I get pumped up when anyone starts taking about the game. Take care. 

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AnnArborsBuckeye's picture

His Rose Bowl performance that year before ve TTUN was quite the spectacle as well. Vince Young is definitely my pick for favorite non Buckeye. I kind of liked McFadden and Tebow as well.

Get dumped then

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Calgarybuck's picture

McFadden and Felix Jones running the wildcat was fun.  I left work “sick” so I could watch the last half of the LSU upset.

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Eddie27Zeke15's picture

Alvin Mack and Steve Lattimer.

I know this isn’t exactly an answer to the actual question but these two helped me love the game as much as anyone I could list.

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Hovenaut's picture

That's awesome, yes.

Let the paramedics sort 'em out.

I had to run away high, so I wouldn't come home low...

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IH8UOFM's picture

All-time: Tim Tebow

Recent: Sam Ehlinger. I will go out of my way to watch Texas games just to see him play. Come to think of it, he reminds me a lot of Tebow...

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Cooper's picture

De’Anthony Thomas, Knowshon Moreno, Amari Cooper, Devin Hester, Pat White, Steve Slaton, and Tavon Austin. I like playmakers.

This is definitely where I parked my car.

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Shark 4's picture

Without question my favorite is Antwaan Randle El from Indiana.

He sat out a year as a "partial qualifier" with a low SAT score. And yet, he graduated from Indiana with two degrees, played basketball for Bobby Knight and also played one year of baseball.

I got to interview him a couple of times and, even as a college player, was very thoughtful and well-spoken, just a bright, enjoyable kid. 

On the field he was spectacular. One of those guys where you just hold your breath waiting to see what he was going to do with the ball in his hands. He won the Silver Football as B1G MVP and went on to win a Super Bowl with the Steelers. 

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Shark4
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Dmac3212's picture

incredible highschool film

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Weave77's picture

Devin Gardner

Yeah, yeah, I know he played for TTUN, but he was electric as hell on the field and classy as fuck off of it. He played his ass off for his team, despite sometimes being criminally misused by Brady Hoke. He almost single handedly won The Game for TTUN against us in 2013, accounting for 451 yards, despite playing the majority of the game on a broken foot. And then no Buckeye should ever forget the classiness you showed J.T. Barrett, when the latter was knocked out of The Game the following year.

He may have played for the Skunk-Weasels, but dammit if Devin Gardner isn't my all-time favorite non-Buckeye.

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Butch_Driveshaft's picture

That moment always stuck with me, too. Very classy even if scUM. 

Gardner would have been a machine in a Meyer offense. 

He owes me 260 bucks vacation pay, and he won't fuckin' pay that, so I figured a handful of chips wasn't too much to ask.

 

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Calgarybuck's picture

Zeke going off for a TD on the next play on 4&1 to give us the lead.  Championship changing moment 

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Knarcisi's picture

JT was hurt the drive before Zeke’s 4th and 1, and we were up 28-21 at the time, but that was a really critical point in the game when the 4th and 1 from near midfield became a 14 point lead. 

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tcm1968's picture

Vince Young.. yeah, he tore my heart out at the shoe but he was fun to watch.. Pretty much the blue-print for the modern day QB.. tall, fast, arm and could run.. 2006 Rose Bowl was a classic and as a 7 point dog.. and the dude was 30-2 as a starter... 

Go Bucks!!

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RollRedRoll's picture

Earl Campbell, guy ran hard and always fell forward. I hate Texas, but that was one longhorn that was fun to watch. 

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JarheadBuck's picture

Don't know who it is, but I do know he's playing against TTUN.

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JTFor President2016's picture

The combo of Graham Harrell and Crabtree at Texas Tech was must see TV. I loved watching that team. Darren McFadden was another guy that was must see TV. 

Other names:

Dennis Dixon (Oregon)

Reggie Bush (USC)

Elliott dots the eye, on this national championship win. 

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Calgarybuck's picture

That Saturday night game where they upset Texas when both were 8-0.  Just crazy, remember the fans all with joker masks and Crabtree tippy toeing into then end-zone.

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Knarcisi's picture

Remember watching this game and where I was. 

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TURD_BUCKET's picture

Billy Sims, Oklahoma

“Being average means you are as close to the bottom as you are to the top.” John Wooden

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Calgarybuck's picture

Met him at Detroit’s airport and had a few beers, super nice guy and a great representative of OU football.

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Zanesville Mike's picture

Saquon Barkley, classy, great role model, humble,and a helluva player!

Mike Roberts

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Skunk bear blood's picture

Earl Campbell on offense
Defense is a bit tougher I'll go with Hugh Green. Dude was everywhere on the field 
 Bubba Smith although I didn't get to see much of Bubba on the tv in college

Buy the ticket take the ride.

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Browns88's picture

Always liked Ron Dayne.   Just a big running back and really represented  blue collar running style of the Big 10.

Browns88

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RBurgundy4's picture

I see your Dayne and raise you a Mike Alstott. Remember him?

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Browns88's picture

Oh yes,  Purdue bowling ball

Browns88

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RBurgundy4's picture

Yep. I kinda miss the days of the one back offense featuring a big, heavy hitter back there.

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Silver Sniper's picture

I’ll see your Mike Alstott and raise you a Touchdown Tommy Vardell!

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RBurgundy4's picture

Ha! Stanford. Basically and Alstott clone. Well played.

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HOLYbucknut's picture

Jordan Shipley and Limas Sweed - Texas. Shipley did it all and Sweed could go get any ball he wanted to.

David Pollack and Leonard Pope - UGA. Pollack was Pollack and there was just something cool about watching a 6’7 or 8” TE. 

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HOLYbucknut's picture

Somehow forgot Rey Maualuga - USC.

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Calgarybuck's picture

Thomas Davis and Pollack were fun to watch on those old UGA teams.

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GlassCityBuckeyes's picture

Offense- Forrest Gump, Alabama
Defense-Bobby Boucher Jr, South Central Louisiana

Noon games suck

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Sunny Buck's picture

Offense-Dan Marino. Dude should have had at least 2 rings.

Defense-Dick Butkus because he is Dick Butkus.

I'm not trying to win a popularity contest. I'm trying to win football games-- Woody Hayes

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NHBuckeye's picture

Bo Jackson  

Fields of Dreams

 

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RBurgundy4's picture

Wow, now there's one I had not thought of and should have. I can't really remember Earle at Texas, and barely recall Herschel at UGA, but I clearly recall Bo. F.R.E.A.K. Physical as hell with speed to burn. Tough as nails. Great player. Good call.

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NW Buckeye's picture

Bo Jackson.  Was one hell of a back in college.  Injuries cut his pro career short, but he inflicted some pain on a few LB's in his brief career.  Really enjoyed it when he ran over Boz in the King Dome, and I'm a Seahawks fan.  Made Boz look like a middle of the road LB, he (Boz) was never the same after that match up:

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mr.green's picture

Love watching Jerry Jeudy from  Bama. 

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2morrow's picture

QB - Dan Marino
RB - tie - Herschel Walker, Bo Jackson, Jim Brown
Receiver - Don Maynard
OLine - Anthony Munoz
DLine - Joe Green
Linebacker - Jack Lambert
DBack - Deion Sanders

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nutabuckas's picture

Gotta be Reggie Bush for me, the most exciting running back ive ever seen - agile, quick, elusive, vision, top end speed, great route runner etc. Everytime he touched the ball it was god damn magic. That 2005 season he and Lendale White put up some INSANE numbers. 

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mmp15f's picture

I know this is a pretty random choice but, in recent times, my favorite Non-Buckeye to watch was definitely Ryan Anderson from Alabama.

Never took a play off, and he played with a different level of aggression/relentlessness. 

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BuckeyeRocket's picture

Three great RBs: Tony Dorset, Herschel Walker and (I hate to say this). OJ Simpson.

BuckeyeRocket

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NorthPoleBuckeye's picture

Larry Fitzgerald - still seems like a class act in the pros. 

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MaineStrength's picture

Vick was fun to watch, but as a dog lover I can never forgive him and he had no remorse. I'll never be a fan of his again. As for other players back in the day it was Jerry Rice. As for more modern guys I used to enjoy watching Colt McCoy and Ed Reed.

Strength equipment is expensive & guarantees you nothing. A strong will is free & will give you everything you need.

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

Agree with your stance on the dog fighting. I only listed him because he was the first QB I saw that had Olympic-like speed and agility to go along with his rocket arm. Guys like Tarkenton and Elway were deadly scramblers, but Vick was just another dimension of pure runner. He truly was a transcendent talent.

Tom Brady lost to John Cooper. Never forget.

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Silver Sniper's picture

Maine, take it or leave it but wanted to share that I do feel like Vick showed remorse. He came out of prison very humble and just became a hard worker and good teammate going forward and was never in trouble again. No defense for his actions but animal fighting such as cock fighting, bull fighting, dog fighting, can be very culturally-rooted and something that is learned from childhood. I try to give him the benefit of the doubt on his being a part of that sport as we don’t know how he was raised or what he was taught was ok. The fact that he never went back to it is good enough for me. There are many many people who get busted doing something illegal and then continue to do it even after serving a penalty. 

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MaineStrength's picture

He did come back as a seemingly good teammate, but my impression was he was just upset he got caught. When asked specifically about the dogs his response was "I don't give a fu*k about dem dogs."

Very gifted athletically and I get the cultural upbringing, but I'll never forgive that. Those dogs just wanted to please him and we're abused. Anyone that can abuse an animal like that is heartless.

Strength equipment is expensive & guarantees you nothing. A strong will is free & will give you everything you need.

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Silver Sniper's picture

And I recall he said those things before he did his time. He appeared to be much different after. Not everyone thinks of animals the same way and sometimes it requires learning. I agree treating animals like that is awful and it makes me sick to see it. 

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MY POP OSU Band Member 1940's's picture

Devin Gardner.  What he did when T.J. went down was the best display of sportsmanship I have ever seen period.  I love the photo above of this incident.  

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tajikey's picture

I'll go with Tim Duncan. Just seems like a dude that quietly did work on the court, and did nothing (that I'm aware of) to tarnish his reputation off the court.

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GunnerBuck's picture

College football only,T. Tebow, B. Mayfield, TJ Watt, N.Chubb,  Q. Nelson and D Watson. all great people and great players. 

Obviously JJ Watt, J Peppers and etc for the things they've done on and off the field for their communities. 

"Come on, you sons of b!tches! Do you want to live forever?" -- Dan Daly, WWI

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dmiller2345's picture

Richard Lagow - QB, Indiana

Urban Meyer, undefeated (7-0) VS ttun | Ryan Day, undefeated (2-0) vs ttun

*As always, In (Urban) Ryan Day I Trust! There is a plan, even if we cannot see it right now!

God, Family, Guns, Country, and Sports!

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BuckeyeSki's picture

The man putting the Pain in Champaign, J Leman

Leave one wolf alive....and the sheep are never safe

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Ohiostate1957's picture

John Elway - you could hear the whack when the ball hit the pads of his receivers.

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RunEddieRun1983's picture

I enjoyed watching Josh Rosen in his time at UCLA, granted the only game I saw in it's entirety was the game vs. Memphis, but he was fun to watch on TV.

Hate to admit it, but seeing Johnny Foolsball beat Bama was fun, otherwise I didn't have time for him. 

Urban Meyer left an incredible legacy. 12/4/18 Ryan Day begins his.

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Buck-n-A's picture

Probably Michael Vick...then Ricky Williams.  (obviously purely as FB players)

Bears...Buckeyes... Battlestar Galactica.

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FeedZeke420's picture

I forgot Ricky Williams, love that dude

Go Bucks!

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FeedZeke420's picture

1.Randy Moss

2.Tim Tebow

3. Baker Mayfield

4. AJ Johnson (LB Tennessee) dude was a beast, unfortunately his legal charges (acquitted) derailed his career.

5. TJ Watt

Go Bucks!

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GINNandjuice's picture

2/3 never... imagine if moss had his shit together before college 

All Glory is Fleeting

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moopdawg's picture

Dat Nguyen, Barry Saunders, Eric Bieniemy, Troy Polamalu, and as much as I hate to admit it, but I respect the heck out of this guy....Charles Woodson.  (I sort of feel sick right now.)

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blu.fan's picture
  • Tom Brady
  • Charles Woodson
  • Desmond Howard
  • Anthony Carter
  • Tshimanga Biakatubuku

(Couldn't resist . . . I now will wait to be DV'd into oblivion!)

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tunehtraef's picture

Honest question, was Brady really one of your favorites when he was in college, or just as a pro. I have a friend that is a Michigan fan and I have posed the same question to him.

Did you think he was that great when he was “your player” or just because of what he has become (the GOAT)?

And for the record, your list is disgusting.

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blu.fan's picture

Honest answer:  no, Brady wasn't one of my favorites. To be sure, I was not one of those suggesting Henson should be put in over Brady. And I never disliked Brady. 

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Calgarybuck's picture

It's funny how a Canadian is better than any player from literally Michigan to play for UM.

(Couldn't resist /s)

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blu.fan's picture

Fair enough. I actually thought about that (whether any players were actually from Michigan.) I liked LaMarr Woodley and met his folks (at an ND tailgate.) But there is zero doubt the state of Ohio has produced a ton more memorable players than Michigan.

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NHBuckeye's picture

Kind of a fun fact (for me at least), Former UM RB Jarrod Bunch is from my hometown in Ohio.  He has done quite well for himself in Hollywood since his playing days ended.  He has appeared in many tv shows and movies.  

Fields of Dreams

 

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NHBuckeye's picture

You got an UV from me (no DV's thus far actually), as that was really funny!        

Fields of Dreams

 

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Sanantonefan's picture

Favorite non-OSU player???  Ummm...I got nothin'.

Really not being a homer. I've enjoy watching a lot of folks over the decades, and some awed me with their brilliance, but I really can't say any were my favorites. A lot of the players mentioned above were awesome, but I didn't follow them as favorites.

You Got Barbecue Back There!?!?!?!

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Khalil Mack

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Khalil Mack

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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NOLABuckeye's picture

Dupe

Nothing cleanses the soul like a no call pass interference.

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Atl_Buckeye72's picture

Percy Harvins until I had to listen to the media try to tell me every year that this guy was going to be Meyer's next Percy Harvins

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DonTurner's picture

Bo knows !   

Roger Staubach 

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