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. Read More

From Boston to Hartline, there’s 9 days left!

Written August 27th, 2009 by Jeff
These were the days when taunting a Michigan player meant they might beat you the following year.  Not so much the case in the 21st century....

These were the days when taunting a Michigan player meant they might beat you the following year. Not so much the case in the 21st century....

We’re down to single digits!  9 days left before kickoff….and in case you’re wondering, no we will not be counting the hours (but it is 218 hours as of this moment).

Today we highlight two famous Buckeyes who wore #9, and we have a couple of amazing YouTube plays from them as well.

We begin with David Boston, who was our top wide receiver on what was believed to be one of the best Ohio State teams in history (1998).

Boston’s YouTubery comes from the shadows of a vicious war he had with Michigan’s Charles Woodson.  The pair had wars of words in the paper every year, and they often had skirmishes on the field to back up the comments, and usually Boston ended up doing battle with every other member of the Wolverines.

During the OSU-UM game of 1998, Boston decided to take a final shot at Marcus Ray.  See for yourself….and it’s totally worth the flag Boston gets for taunting.

9 - Hartline

Next up is our most recent #9, Brian Hartline.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect Hartline to have much of a career at Ohio State, but he proved me wrong.  He ended up being the sure-handed WR for the bulk of his career, and his speed was often deceiving when he wanted to take a deep route beyond the safeties (just ask Michigan).

Hartline is now a member of the Miami Dolphins, joining his former teammate Ted Ginn Jr.

And as for his YouTube moment?  Well, let’s just say that Indiana didn’t expect this out of him either….

9 days left! I’m ready!!!!

Buckeyes In The Fantasy World

Written August 26th, 2009 by Dave

If you’re like most football fans you probably play some form of fantasy football.  It gives me the ability to have a rooting interest in any NFL game I watch.  I also like to have hometown players on my team but since I live in Cleveland that’s not such a good idea.  So if you’re an Ohio State fan and are playing fantasy you may like to have a Buckeye on your team.  Here’s a quick look at OSU players in the NFL and what their fantasy prospects might be.

QUARTERBACKS

Troy Smith – Baltimore Last year his tonsils gave the job to Joe Flacco and he’s not getting it back anytime soon.  If Flacco struggles or gets injured jump on the waiver wire and snag him.  Other than that he’s not worth drafting

RUNNING BACKS

Antonio Pittman – St Louis Rams He’s number two behind Steven Jackson and won’t get many carries while Jackson is around.  If you draft Jackson in the first round he’s worth picking up as a handcuff but other than that probably not draft worthy.

Chris Wells – Arizona Cardinals This is an interesting one.  I had high hopes for his rookie season when I saw he was picked by Arizona, but since then I’ve become more skeptical.  He missed OTAs to actually finish his spring classes  and then suffered an injury early in camp.  Meanwhile Tim Hightower has been putting on quite a preseason performance.  What does this mean?  I don’t know – could go either way.  I would definitely draft him but I wouldn’t count on starting him until we see where the season is going.  Still I predict quite a future in the NFL for Beanie.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Joey Galloway – New England Patriots Injured last year, now in New England behind Moss and Welker.  Could see some production if he’s healthy, and remember it is Brady throwing the ball

Ted Ginn Jr – Miami Dolphins Lots of upside here.  Year three is when lots of receivers blossom in the NFL.  I’d draft him as my number 3 receiver.  He hasn’t shown he can do it yet but this may be the year.

Anthony Gonzalez – Indianapolis Colts His third year in the league.  Marvin Harrison is gone.  This guy has sleeper written all over him.  I predict 1200 yards and 10+ TDS.  Don’t jump too soon – he’ll probably slip into the 4th round but he will be a first round worthy pick this year.

Santonio Holmes – Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl winning catch will make him go earlier in the draft than he probably should.  Still he’s a good receiver playing for a championship team.  Hines Ward is getting older and Holmes will take over main receiving duties eventually.  Is this the year?  Maybe but don’t overreach for him.

Michael Jenkins – Atlanta Falcons Defenses will be keyed on Michael Turner running the ball and the Falcons two main aerial threats – Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez.  This should leave lots of one on one situations for Jenkins.  He’s developed into a deep threat and could put up some numbers this year.

Brian Robiskie – Cleveland Browns Last year I went against my better judgment and drafted a Brown.  That Brown was Braylon Edwards.  I learned my lesson.  That being said Robiskie has great hands and runs good routes.  Someone has to catch the ball in Cleveland.  I wouldn’t be against having him as a backup but I’d be wary of anyone wearing brown and orange this year.

KICKERS

Mike Nugent – Tampa Bay Buccaneers Don’t ever draft a kicker before the last round.  And Nugent may not even have the starting job in TB.  Stay away.