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Simply the Best: Who Are Your 10 Best Ohio State QBs Of The 21st Century?

Matt Gutridge's picture
January 25, 2023 at 4:45am
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In the near future, Eleven Warriors will have a piece focused on the 10-best Ohio State quarterbacks of the 21st century. A minimum of 10 starts is needed for a player to be eligible for the list. To date, 11 signal-callers have started at least 10 games for the Buckeyes since 2000.

There are 11 players for 10 spots. This is where we turn to you to help determine the 10 quarterbacks that belong and the order in which to rank them.

Below you will find a synopsis for each of the 11 players. In the comments, please list your top 10. Put the quarterback you think is the best at No. 1 and fill in the rest accordingly. Yes, there will be one player left off your list.

What qualifies a player as the best quarterback? Is he the best passer? Best dual-threat player? Most competitive? Most wins? National titles? Gold pants? Most awards? The "it" factor? It's up to you to decide how you want to quantify what's most important for the rankings of your list.  

To save you some research, a synopsis for each player is below. Note, the players are listed in order of the most recent to start for Ohio State.

C.J. Stroud 21 wins, 4 losses (2021-22)

Career Stats

Passing: 8,123 yards, 85 TD, 182.5 QB rating
Rushing: 136 yards, 1 TD, 1.7 yards per carry

Career Recap

Never defeated Michigan or won a Big Ten title. 2022 Rose Bowl was statistically the best passing game for any Ohio State quarterback. Two-time Heisman finalist. Captain for the 2022 season and made the All-Big Ten team twice.

Justin Fields 20 wins, 2 losses (2019-20)

Career Stats

Passing: 5.373 yards, 63 TD, 179.1 QB rating
Rushing: 867 yards, 15 TD, 4.0 ypc

Career Recap

Won the Big Ten twice and beat Michigan twice. Guided the team to consecutive CFP appearances and reached the championship game at the end of the 2020 season. Was a Heisman finalist, Big Ten MVP, captain, All-Big Ten member and first round NFL draft pick.

Dwayne Haskins 13 wins, 1 loss (2018)

Career Stats

Passing: 5,396 yards, 54 TD, 174.0 QB rating
Rushing: 194 yards, 4 TD, 1.9 ypc

Career Recap

Defeated Michigan won the Big Ten title and Rose Bowl in 2018 season. Owns the majority of single-season Ohio State passing records including most yards and touchdowns. Was a Heisman finalist, Big Ten MVP, All-Big Ten member and first round draft pick.

J.T. Barrett 38 wins, 6 losses (2014-17)

Career Stats

Passing: 9,434 yards, 104 TD, 152.3 QB rating
Rushing: 3,263 yards, 43 TD, 5.0 ypc

Career Recap

The team defeated Michigan four times with Barrett as the starting quarterback and won two Big Ten titles. Owns most of Ohio States career passing records including passing yards and touchdowns. A three-time captain, three-time All-Big Ten honoree and was named Big Ten MVP once.

Cardale Jones 11 wins, 0 losses (2014-15)

Career Stats

Passing: 2,323 yards, 15 TD, 147.3 QB rating
Rushing: 617 yards, 4 TD, 4.1 ypc

Career Recap

Best known for coming in for an injured J.T. Barrett to hold off Michigan, then reel off three straight wins over Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon for the Big Ten and CFP titles in the 2014 season. Was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the NFL draft.

Braxton Miller 26 wins, 8 losses (2011-13)

Career Stats

Passing: 5,292 yards, 52 TD, 146.7 QB rating
Rushing: 3,315 yards, 33 TD, 5.5 ypc

Career Recap

Defeated Michigan twice and led Ohio State to an undefeated season as a starting quarterback, but did not win a Big Ten title. Named Big Ten MVP twice and holds the most Big Ten individual awards of any Ohio State player. A two-time captain and All-Big Ten player. Selected in the NFL draft as a wide receiver.

Terrelle Pryor 31 wins, 4 losses (2008-10)

Career Stats

Passing: 6,177 yards, 57 TD, 144.6 QB rating
Rushing: 2,164 yards, 17 TD, 5.0 ypc

Career Recap

Including the 2010 season, defeated Michigan three times and won three Big Ten titles. Was not honored with any awards during his three seasons and was selected by the Raiders in the supplemental draft.

Todd Boeckman 13 wins, 4 losses (2007)

Career Stats

Passing: 3,085 yards, 31 TD, 145.4 QB rating
Rushing: 85 yards, 1 TD, 1.0 yards per carry

Career Recap

Defeated Michigan, won the Big Ten title and faced LSU in the BCS National Championship Game in lone season as a starter.

Troy Smith 25 wins, 3 losses (2004-06)

Career Stats

Passing: 5,720 yards, 54 TD, 160.7 QB rating
Rushing: 1,168 yards, 14 TD, 4.0 ypc

Career Recap

Defeated Michigan three times, won two Big Ten titles and took the team to the BCS National Championship Game his senior season. For the 2006 season, he won the Heisman Trophy, Big Ten MVP, All-American and All-Big Ten honors. Was selected in the NFL draft by the Ravens.

Craig Krenzel 23 wins, 3 losses (2001-03)

Career Stats

Passing: 4,493 yards, 28 TD, 130.7 QB rating
Rushing: 604 yards, 6 TD, 2.4 ypc

Career Recap

Defeated Michigan twice as a starting quarterback, won the BCS National Championship and Big Ten title as a junior. Was named captain for his senior season.

Steve Bellisari 19 wins, 13 losses (1999-01)

Career Stats

Passing: 5,878 yards, 35 TD, 123.5 QB rating
Rushing: 618 yards, 6 TD, 2.1 ypc

Career Recap

Never defeated Michigan, never won a Big Ten title and never won a bowl game as a starting quarterback. The two-time captain has the lowest QB rating of any Ohio State signal-caller in the 21st century.

The 11 players to select from:
C.J. Stroud, Justin Fields, Dwayne Haskins, J.T. Barrett, Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller, Terrelle Pryor, Todd Boeckman, Troy Smith, Craig Krenzel, Steve Bellisari

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