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Who Is the Greatest Buckeye Defensive End?

Who Is the Greatest Buckeye Defensive End? (Please make FOUR selections)

  • Bob Brudzinski

    Votes: 25 31.6%
  • Kelton Dansler

    Votes: 2 2.5%
  • Van DeCree

    Votes: 11 13.9%
  • Matt Finkes

    Votes: 29 36.7%
  • Jim Houston

    Votes: 16 20.3%
  • Jason Simmons

    Votes: 12 15.2%
  • Will Smith

    Votes: 68 86.1%
  • Alonzo Spellman

    Votes: 34 43.0%
  • Mike Vrabel

    Votes: 62 78.5%
  • Other

    Votes: 4 5.1%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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BP Recruiting Team
Welcome to the eleventh installment of the "Greatest Buckeyes Ever" poll - this one allows you to vote for the best Buckeye defensive end. Every Saturday, we will post a poll on "Who's the Greatest Buckeye" at each of the positions. The last poll, head coach, will open on the day of THE GAME, and close on December 30th. By New Years Day, we will have the Buckeye Planet All-Time Buckeye Team.

All players selected for the poll will be from the "modern era", which we have more-or-less arbitrarily determined to have begun with the hiring of Woody Hayes in 1951. However, there will be a special poll for the older Buckeye stars, where you will be allowed to choose amongst such greats as Les Horvath, Vic Janowicz, Chic Harley, etc.

Please vote on each poll, if you can. Also, please note that each poll will allow you to vote at least twice, as we would like to compile a first and second team. If you vote for "other", please let us know your selection(s) by setting forth the name(s) in a post.

Polls will be posted as follows:

1. Quarterback (CLOSED - Rex Kern is the first team QB, with Craig Krenzel as the second team selection)
2. Tailback (CLOSED - no surprise: Archie is first team, Eddie is second)
3. Athlete (CLOSED - Paul Warfield and Chris Gamble are first team; Cie Grant and Brian Bashnagel are second)
4. Fullback (CLOSED - Pete Johnson first team and Jim Otis second team)
5. Wide Receiver (CLOSED - Cris Carter and David Boston first team, Michael Jenkins and Joey Galloway second team)
6. Tight End (OPEN - John Frank leads, with Rickey Dudley second and Ben Hartsock a close third)
7. Offensive Tackle (OPEN - Orlando Pace, John Hicks, and Korey Stringer lead)
8. Offensive Guard (OPEN - Jim Lachey and Jim Parker lead, with Rob Murphy also receiving plenty of votes)
9. Offensive Center (OPEN - LeCharles Bentley and Jeff Uhlenhake lead)
10. Defensive Tackle (OPEN - Dan Wilkinson and Jim Stillwagon lead, with Tim Anderson and Jim Marshall closing in)
11. Defensive End (OPEN)
12. Outside Linebacker
13. Middle Linebacker
14. Safety
15. Cornerback
16. Kicker
17. Punter
18. "Old Timer"
19. Head Coach

So, please vote now for your All-Time Greatest Buckeye (Football) Defensive End; please make FOUR selections.

Note: The following candidates were All-Americans: Jim Houston (1958-59); Van DeCree (1973-74); Bob Brudzinski (1976); Mike Vrabel (1995-96); and Will Smith (2003). The others were All Big Ten selections.

Thanks for your participation.