Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #4 Santonio Holmes

Written August 19th, 2010 by Jim

The Buckeye Battle Cry will be counting down the Top 25 players of the past decade all spring/summer.  Every Monday and Thursday, Jim will be announcing a new player.  Our #1 player will be presented on Monday, August 30th.  Three days later, the 2010 season officially begins.  To view the previous entries in our Top 25, click here.

Santonio Holmes (2004-2005)

Santonio Holmes was the complete package at receiver for the Buckeyes. He ran phenomenal routes that allowed him to consistently break free from even the best DBs. With the addition of  game breaking speed, Holmes cemented himself as one of the top receiving threats in the country throughout his career with the Buckeyes.

I personally think 4th is a bit high in this countdown, but since Santonio was a combination of Anthony Gonzalez’s route running and Ted Ginn’s speed, I will go ahead and view this ranking as a nod to the most talented receiving trio in Ohio State history.

On his own, in the record books and on the field, Santonio Holmes finds himself near the top of the storied receiving tradition at Ohio State.

After a redshirt year in 2002, Holmes showed flashes of what was to come in 2003. He hauled in 32 passes for 549 yards, and most impressively, 7 touchdowns that year.

The following year, Holmes was one of the few bright spots on the worst Ohio State offense of the decade, adding another 55 receptions for 769 yards and 7 TDs, leading the team in each category.

Holmes showed flashes in 2003  and was solid in 2004, but 2005 was the year that he really broke through. While his 53 receptions were two less than the previous year (due largely to the emergence of Ginn and Gonzalez), his 977 receiving yards were the 6th most in a season at Ohio State. He also added a career high 11 touchdown receptions that year, tied for the 4th most in a season by a Buckeye.

All together, Holmes has the 5th most career receptions (140), the 5th most career receptions yards (2,295), the 3rd most career touchdown receptions (25), and he can be found in numerous other receiving categories throughout the record books.

To me, the number of touchdown receptions is what separates Holmes from the pack. While Michael Jenkins had 25 more career receptions than Holmes, Holmes hauled in 9 more touchdowns (25 to 16).

Holmes also has the second most receiving yards in a game with 224 against Marshall in 2004, one of only four 200 yard receiving games ever at OSU.

Holmes chose to leave with one year of eligibility left after the 2005 season. However, because of the redshirt season, he was in school for four years. He was drafted in the first round of the 2006 NFL draft by the Pittsburgh Stealers, validating his decision to leave school early.

His NFL career has seen some amazing highs with a Super Bowl MVP in 2008, but has recently run into the rocks due to some less than smart off the field behavior.

Holmes was traded to the New York Jets in 2010.

For being a part of the most talented trio of receivers ever at OSU, for his place in the record books, for his always exciting and outstanding performances on the field, and for his Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes is #4 on our countdown of the top 25 Buckeyes of the last decade.


  1. southbaybuckeye_ITSNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 11:32 am

    San Antonio Holmes rules.


    ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Careful SBB, he’s now got a hit out on you ;)


    Ian_InsideTheShoeNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    They say holmes is fast..he hasn’t met SBB. On second thought, might not matter.


  2. BradyNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I’m still pissed about the excessive celebration penalty for diving to the endzone against Michigan.


    JimNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    every time I watch the highlights from that game and see the back judge reaching into his pocket I shake my head too

    I’m sure it would have been a penalty on the defender if Holmes had stayed upright and been de-cleated on the goal line as the defender put a helmet in his chest, oh wait, no it wouldn’t have


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    And why didn’t Cosby get penalized for the same thing in the UT/OSU Fiesta Bowl?


    JimNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    because it’s not a penalty in either situation

    hell, people do flips into the endzone and don’t get flagged for it


  3. KenNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    .. all he does is catch TD’s.


    southbaybuckeye_ITSNo Gravatar
    August 19th, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I thought that was Vraebel?


  4. Fear the ElfNo Gravatar
    August 20th, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Gotta disagree about the WRs. To me, Jenkins was the best of the 3. Statistically better than Ginn and Holmes, did without playing with Troy Smith, and had a ton of clutch catches throughout his career. He should be ahead of both of those guys, IMO.

    Ginn and Holmes is a coinflip for me. Holmes was the better WR, but how much weight do you give to Ginn’s returning exploits.


  5. billythebuckeykidNo Gravatar
    August 22nd, 2010 at 11:47 am

    Elf: I do not think including returning exploits is proper protocol when comparing WRs. RBs, DBs, WRs, all return kicks and it should be a seperate category. Additionally, Holmes had some impressive returning numbers early in his career as well. Kick return against NW in 2004 stands out in my mind as I drunkenly announced from the restroom that Holmes would score a touchdown on the next play. Not even knowing we had just made a defensive stand and would recieve a punt, my prediction was spot on!


    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    August 22nd, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Dude, I want to party with you… Feel free to get drunk and head to the restroom often this season!


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