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Who Is the Greatest Buckeye Tailback?

Who Is the Greatest Buckeye Tailback? (Please vote for TWO)

  • Keith Byars

    Votes: 24 15.4%
  • Howard "Hopalong" Cassady

    Votes: 22 14.1%
  • Maurice Clarett

    Votes: 24 15.4%
  • Eddie George

    Votes: 82 52.6%
  • Archie Griffin

    Votes: 114 73.1%
  • Robert Smith

    Votes: 3 1.9%
  • Tim Spencer

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other

    Votes: 3 1.9%

  • Total voters
  • Poll closed .


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Well, this poll was supposed to come out in two weeks, but someone has started a similar thread, so I thought that I post the tailback poll now.

Please vote for TWO tailbacks.

Players before the Woody era will be in the "old-timers" poll.
I may get ripped for this...I mean, how can I not include Eddie or Byars? All this talk about MoC just reminded me what a different team we were with and without him. I placed a greater emphasis on what each player meant to the team for which the played. This puts Byars, George at 3a. & 3b. in my mind. Really, it's not a knock on any of these guys, this list is only of fairly recent backs...and I'd be troubled to find a better list of backs for most conferences, let alone schools!
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We have had some good ones, that's for sure. But in my mind, it's easy- Eddie and Archie. On and off the field, they've been great. Archie gave everything he had while playing for OSU, and he's given a great deal since. Obviously, Eddie did the same on the field, and something tells me that when he's finally done in the NFL that we'll see him back on Columbus...
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I could decide between Archie and Hop. I'd have to go with Hopalong first followed by Archie in a close race. Hop changed the face of OSU football and paved the way for what it has been for many, many years.

Eddie is still my favorite though :)
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Had to go with Archie and Eddie, with Byars just missing out, and 1 year not being enough for MoC to get serious consideration. Hop was an amazing all-around player, but I haven't seen enough old games to fairly rate him.
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