Top 25 Buckeyes of the Decade: #5 Ted Ginn Jr.

Written August 16th, 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.

Ted Ginn Jr. (2005-2006)

Simply put, Ted Ginn Jr. was one of the most electrifying players in the history of college football. With world class speed and an innate ability to make defenders miss, Ginn was a threat to score every time he touched the ball.

Over the course of his career, Ginn went from a special teams phenom as a freshman to one of the best game breaking wide receivers in the country. He led the team in receiving in 2006 on the most prolific Ohio State offense of the decade.

Ginn earned first team All-American honors as a punt returner in 2006, but his season and career at wide out were stellar as well.

Ginn has the 6th most career receptions (135) and the 8th most career reception yards (1,943) at Ohio State. In addition to his achievements catching the ball, he set the Big Ten record with 6 career punt return touchdowns.

To truly appreciate what Ginn was able to do on the football field, you have to go past the stats and witness some highlights.

Ah, that was nice.

Back to the stats for a moment, all together, Ginn had 4,068 all-purpose yards and 26 touchdowns in 37 games at Ohio State. While he did lack a certain level of polish at receiver throughout his career, being one of the fastest players ever helped to compensate for that.

That elite speed and big play ability is what Miami was looking for when they drafted him 9th overall in the 2007 NFL draft.

Ginn didn’t lose his game breaking ability and world class speed in the NFL.

Unfortunately, his lack of polish and consistency as a receiver (partial blame to the terrible QBs in Miami) have prevented him from living up to his end of the bargain as a top 10 draft pick.

Miami traded Ginn to the 49ers this off season, and the new setting may be the spark that he needs to take his game to the next level.

Regardless of what happens in San Fran…

For electrifying the Big Ten for three seasons on special teams, for leading the most prolific offense of the decade in receiving, for putting up surprisingly respectable career receiving numbers, and simply for being one of the most exciting players to watch ever, Ted Ginn is number 5 on our countdown of the top 25 Buckeyes of the last decade.

18 Comments

  1. ErictBBCNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 9:43 am

    It was a treat to be a student at Ohio State while Ginn was tearing up defenses and special teams. There is nothing quite like seeing him in person.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I agree, 2004 was my freshman year, and watching him in person at the ‘Shoe for three seasons is something I will always remember.

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  2. Jeff at The BBCNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Ted Ginn was the man who began the current domination of Michigan. His punt return in 2004 ignited the entire stadium, and we haven’t cooled down since.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 9:53 am

    Well, the guy tossing the ball around in ’04 had quite a bit to do with starting the current streak of domination, but more on that later…

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  3. southbaybuckeye_ITSNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Ted Ginn, Ted Ginn. Ted Ginn did everthin’

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    Jeff at The BBCNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 1:06 pm

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  4. southbaybuckeye_ITSNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Ted Ginn has the stride of a gazelle and the speed of a cheetah.

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  5. BuckeyeSkiNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    RE: SBB

    Chad Henne’s sister said that hes a lion in the sack too….

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    southbaybuckeye_ITSNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    I believe that. The only place where he doesn’t have world-class speed.

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  6. Ian_InsideTheShoeNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    2nd favorite Buckeye

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  7. Gus O.StateNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Ginn may have been great because of his elite speed at the college level but he is an embarrassment in the pros. That elite talent gets him a good game occasionally but his lack of courage and desire in playing with the big boys makes him a huge disappointment in the pros. Not his fault for being drafted so high but he took the 1st round money as a receiver when all he wanted to do is be a returner. Better to keep the visors on for his college days where his natural talent was enough to make him elite.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    August 16th, 2010 at 8:24 pm

    he has put up decent stats so far during his career, although not great ones, it’s not like he played on great teams down in Miami, and the QB’s who have thrown him the ball have been downright terrible

    it’s not like the QBs in San Fran are that much better, but I will at least give him a chance to play in a decent offense with a decent quarterback throwing him the ball before I pass final judgement

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  8. JeremyNo Gravatar
    August 17th, 2010 at 9:04 am

    Terrible QB’s in Miami? I know you Buckeyes live in a cave when it comes to your team but the guy dropped more passes than he caught. Oh, and he ran out of bounds every chance he got.

    Worst draft pick in Miami Dolphins history by a coach who lasted just one season on a team that went 1-15. This is a guy who got hurt celebrating a TD in the BCS Title game. That takes talent.

    Now if you want to talk about Brian Hartline, that’s a different story.

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    EricNo Gravatar
    August 17th, 2010 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for playing Jeremy. However, here’s a little bit of reality for you. The ratings come from Yahoo! Sports stats http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/stats/ and are for “Qualified Leaders” (i.e. each teams quarterback that played the most games for that season)

    Miami Quarterbacks since 2007 (When Ginn joined the league)
    2007 Cleo Lemon: 9 games played, 71 QB rating, 27th overall
    2007 Trent Green: 5 games played, 72.6 rating (not qualified)
    2008 Chad Pennington: 16 games, 97.4 rating, 2nd overall (solid)
    2009 Chad Henne: 14 games, 75.2 rating, 22nd overall

    So the only quarterback worth a damn that threw to Ginn was Chad Pennington, who was at least decent. For that season, Ginn’s stats look like this

    2008 Ted Ginn, 16 games, 790 yards, 2 TD’s, 36th overall WR by yardage. Also: Top Miami receiver for the season.

    What about the other seasons?

    2007 Ted Ginn, 16 games, 420 yards, 2 TD’s, somewhere in the middle (not even going to bother counting it).
    2009 Ted Ginn, 16 games, 454 yards, 1 TD, somewhere in the middle (again, not going to bother).

    So, clearly, Ginn’s numbers match pretty well against whether the quarterback at Miami sucked a nut or not. In other words, if the Dolphins had a decent quarterback, Ginn might have done better. ‘Nuff said.

    Also, while he did get hurt celebrating a touchdown, he did not hurt himself. Roy Hall jumped on him and broke his leg. So, if it takes talent to do so well that your teammates want to jump on you and break your leg in celebration, then guilty as charged.

    As for Brian Hartline, here is his only NFL seasons statistics:

    2009 Brian Hartline, 16 games, 506 yards, 3 TD’s, somewhere in the middle, 2 spots above Ginn.

    In other words, not a whole hell of a lot better. At least Ginn produces near 1000 yards per season kick returning.

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    August 17th, 2010 at 11:23 am

    But, for the record, we heart Brian Hartline as well.

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    JimNo Gravatar
    August 17th, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    nice

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    MaliBuckeyeNo Gravatar
    August 17th, 2010 at 11:22 am

    Among the many favorite Ted Ginn Jr. moments I have is the fact that his selection left Brady “I’m the best QB in the world, and my offensive sooper geenius coach says so” Quinn sitting in the green room…

    Good times…

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    EricNo Gravatar
    August 17th, 2010 at 11:24 am

    Oh that was a great moment.

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