Twenty-five years ago this year, John Cooper coached his first game on the sidelines at Ohio State, and we at Buckeye Sports Bulletin are celebrating the anniversary by allowing fans to vote on the best players to play in the Cooper era to make an All-John Cooper team.
Cooper is a lightning rod among Ohio State fans, as his struggles against Michigan and in bowl games are well documented, but at the same time, he put Buckeye football back on the map and served as a bridge for the program into the modern era of college football while also remaking the team into a high-flying, nationally contending outfit.
For his efforts, Cooper has been named to the Rose Bowl and College Football halls of fame, and he will join the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame this fall.
The skill positions are quickly being filled, with Joe Germaine at quarterback and a backfield of Eddie George and Scottie Graham behind him. Now, we move on to a position with a lot of talent over the years – wide receiver.
What follows are thumbnail bios of the contenders in chronological order with the poll below.
Bobby Olive: Former walk-on who is 18th all-time at Ohio State with 91 catches from 1987-90, and his 1,419 yards also place 18th. … Led the Buckeyes with 41 catches for 652 yards as a senior in 1990. … Averaged 15.6 yards per catch in his career, also 18th. … Posted a career-high 108 receiving yards vs. Oklahoma in 1989. … Always seemed to save his best for last, catching a game-winning TD pass vs. Iowa in 1990 and also grabbing the winning score in the final minute of a 36-33 upset of LSU in 1988.
Jeff Graham: Led the Buckeyes with 32 catches in 1989 for 608 yards, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors and team MVP honors. … His 99 career catches are 16th all-time at OSU, while his 1,809 yards are 14th. … His 18.3 yards per catch average is fourth in Buckeye annals. … Caught 12 touchdown passes from 1988-90, good for 16th all-time among Buckeyes. … Had seven 100-yard games in his Ohio State career, tied for fifth in school history. … Posted a career-high 144 yards against Purdue in 1990. … Caught an 80-yard pass from Greg Frey vs. Boston College in 1989, the fourth-longest passing play in OSU history. … Caught Frey’s game-winning 15-yard score in the 31-point comeback win vs. Minnesota in 1989. … Also had 126 punt return yards in 1990 vs. Wisconsin, sixth in school history. … Had two punt return TDs in 1990 as well as three in his career, second in OSU history. … Was an OSU captain in 1990.
Brian Stablein: Former walk-on who led the Buckeyes with 53 catches in 1992, amassing 652 yards … At the time, the 53 catches were fourth in school history behind Cris Carter (69, 1986 and 58, 1985) and Billy Anders (55, 1966). … Caught 12 passes for a career-high 121 yards vs. Michigan in 1992, a receptions total that still sits fourth in OSU’s annals. It is also an OSU record in the Michigan game. … His 96 career catches are 17th in school history, while his 1,289 yards are 19th.
Joey Galloway: Led the Buckeyes with 47 catches in 1993 and 44 more grabs in ’94. … Caught 108 passes from 1991-94, a total that is good for 12th in OSU annals but was fourth behind Cris Carter, Gary Williams and John Frank at the conclusion of his career. … Also had 1,894 receiving yards for the Buckeyes, 10th in program history… His 946 receiving yards in 1993 are 10th in program history, and he earned first-team All-Big Ten honors that season. … His 17.5 yards per catch in his career is ninth among Buckeyes. … Had a career-high nine catches for 186 yards (eighth in OSU history) and three touchdowns vs. Michigan State in 1993. … Added three touchdown grabs vs. Purdue in 1994, becoming the only player in OSU history with two three-TD games. … Caught 11 touchdown passes in 1993, which is tied for fourth in single-season annals at OSU, and his 19 career scores are good for fifth as well. … Had 136 kick return yards against Indiana in 1994, fifth in school history, while adding a KOR TD. … Was a team captain in 1994.
Terry Glenn: Won the Biletnikoff Award, was a first-team All-American and was first-team All-Big Ten in 1995 after catching 64 passes for 1,411 yards (then a school record, currently second all-time) and a school-record 17 touchdowns. … The catch total was second all-time at OSU at the time and currently sits fourth. … Caught nine passes for a school-record 253 yards and a record-tying four touchdowns vs. Pittsburgh that season. … Topped 100 yards in seven games in 1995. … His 1,677 career yards are 15th in OSU annals. … Averaged 21.2 yards per catch in his career, third at OSU. … Sits seventh in OSU history with 17 TD catches. … Shut up Regis Philbin with an 82-yard touchdown catch in 1995 vs. Notre Dame, the third longest pass in OSU history and tied for sixth longest play ever by the Buckeyes. … Arrived at OSU as a walk-on.
David Boston: Ohio State’s career record holder in career receptions (191), career touchdown receptions (34), receptions in a season (85 in 1998), receiving yards in a season (1,435 in ’98), receptions in a game (Penn State, 1997), career receptions per game (5.2), career 100-yard games (14) and career punt return yards (959). … Set the OSU record with 2,855 career receiving yards, a total that has since been passed by Michael Jenkins (2,898) … Was a first-team All-American in 1998 and earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 1997 and ’98. … Led OSU in catches in both 1998 and 1997 (73), setting school records both times. … Set a career high with 217 receiving yards on 10 catches in 1998 vs. Michigan and still owns the OSU record for a Michigan game in yards. … Led OSU with 14 touchdown catches in 1997 and 13 in 1998. … Caught the game-winning touchdown pass among his OSU bowl record-tying two touchdowns in the 1997 Rose Bowl vs. Arizona State. … Posted an OSU bowl-record 11 catches in the 1999 Sugar Bowl vs. Texas A&M.
Dee Miller: Snagged 58 passes in 1997 and 59 balls a year later, totals that are now 10th and ninth, respectively, in OSU history. … Caught 981 yards worth of passes in 1998, fifth in school annals. … His 2,090 receiving yards are seventh and his 132 career receptions are eighth all-time at Ohio State. … Averaged 15.8 yards per catch in his career, 16th at OSU. … … Caught a career-high 11 balls vs. Indiana in 1998 for 159 yards.
Ken-Yon Rambo: Was a team captain in 2000 and led the Buckeyes that season with 53 catches for 794 yards. … Caught 106 passes for 1,849 yards in his career, totals that are 14th and 13th, all-time, at Ohio State. … Had 181 receiving yards vs. Ohio and 179 more vs. Iowa in 1999, totals that are ninth and 10th, respectively, in school history. … Had 833 receiving yards in 1999, 17th all-time among Buckeye players. … Averaged 20.3 yards per catch in 1999, eighth in OSU history, and 17.4 yards per grab in his career, good for 10th.
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