Ranking the Most Productive Ohio State Receiving Duos of All-Time

By Kevin Harrish on May 12, 2021 at 3:05 pm
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By all accounts, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson already make up one of the best Ohio State receiving duos in history.

Last season, the pair combined for over 1,450 yards even though the Buckeyes played just eight games, one of which Olave missed with an injury.

With Olave electing to return for one more year, the duo enters the 2021 season not only projected as the best pair of receivers in the country, but considered by some to be the two best individual receivers in the country.

If they live up to the hype, they have a chance to leave Ohio State as the best and most productive receiving tandem in Buckeye history.

Here's a look at how that list would currently shake out – measured in terms of production, not necessarily talent.

Honorable Mention: Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez – 2006 

  • Ted Ginn Jr.: 59 catches, 781 yards, 9 touchdowns
  • Anthony Gonzalez: 51 catches, 734 yards, 8 touchdowns

7-11, always open.

Ted Ginn Jr. and Anthony Gonzalez were arguably the top receiving tandem in the country back in 2006 and helped lead the Buckeyes to an undefeated regular season. Ohio State had one of its best passing attacks in program history and quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy in a landslide.

Ginn finished the season with 59 catches for 781 yards and nine touchdowns – team-best in all categories – but Gonzalez wasn't far behind with 51 catches for 734 yards and eight touchdowns.

5. Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline – 2007

  • Brian Robiskie: 55 catches, 935 yards, 11 touchdowns
  • Brian Hartline: 52 catches, 694 yards, 6 touchdowns

Following the 2006 season, Ohio State lost a Heisman Trophy winner at quarterback and had its top two receivers selected in the first round of the NFL draft. But there was very little drop-off in the receiving corps the following year. In fact, the two top receivers put up even *better* numbers.

Brian Robiskie and Brian Hartline combined for 1,629 and 17 touchdowns in 2007, over 100 yards more than the Ginn/Gonzalez combo from the previous year. Robiskie led the way with 55 catches for 935 yards and 11 touchdowns while Hartline put up 694 yards and six touchdowns on 52 catches.

Now, one reason their numbers are slightly better than Ginn and Gonzalez's from the year before is that there wasn't much proven depth behind them, unlike in 2006. But they put up big numbers, nonetheless.

4. Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. – 2005

  • Santonio Holmes: 53 catches, 977 yards, 11 touchdowns
  • Ted Ginn Jr.: 51 catches, 803 yards, 4 touchdowns

Santonio Holmes and Ted Ginn Jr. might be the fastest receiver duo in Buckeye history, and they put on a show in 2005 with Troy Smith behind center.

Each receiver hauled in more than 50 balls for over 800 yards. Holmes led the way with 53 catches for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns while Ginn put up 803 yards and four touchdowns on 51 catches.

3. Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey – 2010

  • Dane Sanzenbacher: 55 catches, 948 yards, 11 touchdowns
  • DeVier Posey: 53 catches, 848 yards, 7 touchdowns

They weren't All-Americans and likely won't make many lists of all-time Buckeye receiving greats, but Dane Sanzenbacher and DeVier Posey made up one of the most productive Ohio State receiving duos in history.

The pair combined for nearly 1800 yards receiving with Sanzenbacher leading the way with 948 yards and 11 touchdowns on 55 catches and Posey catching 53 balls for 848 yards and seven touchdowns.

2. Parris Campbell and KJ Hill – 2018

  • Parris Campbell: 90 catches, 1,063 yards, 12 touchdowns
  • KJ Hill: 70 catches, 885 yards, 6 touchdowns

Parris Campbell and KJ Hill sit near the top of this list largely due to sheer volume.

They both rank in the top-five all-time in catches in a single season, and they put up those massive numbers in the same year. Campbell's 90 receptions were a single-season Ohio State record, and Hill's 70 catches sit at No. 5 in the record books.

It wasn't just receptions, though. They each put up solid yardage with Campbell becoming just the fifth Ohio State receiver ever to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a single season with 1,063 yards and 12 touchdowns, and Hill posting an impressive 885 yards and six touchdowns.

1. David Boston and Dee Miller – 1997, 1998

  • David Boston (1997): 73 catches, 970 yards, 14 touchdowns
  • Dee Miller (1997): 58 catches, 981 yards, 5 touchdowns
  • David Boston (1998): 85 catches, 1,435 yards, 13 touchdowns
  • Dee Miller (1998): 59 catches, 915 yards, 3 touchdowns

There have only been two instances where two Ohio State receivers each put up more than 900 yards receiving in the same season. David Boston and Dee Miller were responsible for both of them.

Without a doubt the most productive receiving duo in Ohio State football history, their 1997 and 1998 seasons would rank No. 2 and No. 1 among the best performances from a Buckeye receiving pair.

In 1997, Boston put up 970 yards and 14 touchdowns on 73 catches. Though he led the team in receptions and touchdowns that season, Miller actually had slightly more receiving yards, posting 981 yards and five touchdowns on 58 catches.

The 1998 season was even more dominant from the pair as they combined for more than 2,000 yards through the air. Boston led the way with 85 catches for 1,435 yards, both Ohio State records at the time, along with 13 touchdowns. Miller, meanwhile, put up 915 yards and three touchdowns on 59 catches.

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