May 22, 2013

Mount Rushmore: Ohio State wide receivers

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- With spring practice in the rearview mirror and fall practice still more than two months away, what better time to look back at the ever evolving history of Ohio State football than right now? With this in mind, we'll be spending the next few weeks here at Buckeye Grove unveiling our Mount Rushmore -- top four players -- for each position group in Ohio State history. While these lists are subjective, the goal is to determine which four players best represent the Buckeyes at their respective position group. As always, we encourage you to debate these picks and share your own at The Horseshoe Lounge.

We continue today with a look at our Mount Rushmore of Ohio State wide receivers.

David Boston, 1996-1998

No player in Buckeyes history dominates the school's receiving records the way that Boston does. It didn't take long for the Humble, Texas native to make a name for himself either, as he caught the game-winning touchdown in Ohio State's 1997 Rose Bowl win over Arizona State as a freshman.

Despite playing just three seasons in Columbus, Boston broke and still holds the Buckeyes' all-time records for receptions (191) and receiving touchdowns (34). He ranks second all-time in OSU history with 2,855 career receiving yards and also holds the school's single game record for receptions with 14 against Penn State in 1997. Additionally, the 6-foot-2 wideout sits in both first and second place of the Buckeyes' single season receptions list, with 85 in 1998 and 72 in 1997. His 1,435 yards in 1998 still stands as an OSU single season record.

After his prolific college career, Boston declared for the 1999 NFL Draft where he was chosen by the Arizona Cardinals with the eighth overall pick. A 2001 Pro Bowl selection, he ultimately played in just six NFL seasons with the Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Miami Dolphins, before a steroid suspension, injuries, and a DUI arrest helped bring an end to his professional career.

Cris Carter, 1984-1986

Regarded by some as the second greatest wide receiver to ever play football behind Jerry Rice, Carter is a mere lock for any list of the greatest wideouts in OSU history. A native of Middletown, Ohio, Carter put together three impressive seasons with the Buckeyes, tallying 168 receptions for 2,725 yards and 27 touchdowns.

In 1986, the acrobatic wideout was named a consensus All-American after he posted 69 catches for 1,127 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a freshman in 1984, Carter set a Rose Bowl record with nine catches for 172 yards and a touchdown in Ohio State's loss to Southern California.

After opting to return to Columbus for his senior season, Carter saw his college career cut short after it was found that he had secretly signed a deal with an agent. He went on to spend 16 seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings, and Miami Dolphins. Over the course of his professional career, the 6-foot-3 wideout was selected to eight Pro Bowls and in 2013 he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Michael Jenkins, 1999-2003

At a position often defined by flash and bravado, there may not have been a more consistent and reliable receiver in Ohio State history than Jenkins. The Buckeyes' all-time leader in receiving yards with 2,898, Jenkins ranks third in school history in career receptions with 165 and eighth in career touchdowns with 16. For three consecutive seasons (2001-2003), the Tampa, Fla. was the Buckeyes' leading receiver.

Despite his impressive numbers, Jenkins is perhaps best known for his role in one of the most famous plays in in school history, 2002's "Holy Buckeye." With Ohio State trailing Purdue by a score of 6-3, 1:38 remaining, and the Buckeyes facing a 4th-and-1, quarterback Craig Krenzel heaved a 37-yard touchdown pass to Jenkins for the game-winning score, keeping OSU's undefeated season intact. The Buckeyes went on to win the 2002 national championship, an accomplishment that likely wouldn't have occurred without the heroics of Krenzel and Jenkins on that November afternoon.

At 6-foot-4, Jenkins was selected by the Atlanta Falcons with the 29th pick of the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft. After spending seven seasons with the Falcons, Jenkins played two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, and this past spring he signed a free agent contract with the New England Patriots.

Terry Glenn, 1993-1996

An unlikely superstar who arrived at Ohio State as a walk-on, it wasn't until Glenn's junior season that he made a real impact for the Buckeyes, but boy, did he ever. After recording a total of 15 catches for 266 yards in the first two seasons of his college career, Glenn's number exploded in 1995, when he caught 64 balls for 1,411 yards, and a school record 17 touchdowns. His efforts made him Ohio State's first ever winner of the Fred Biletnikoff award, as well as a consensus first-team All-American.

The Columbus native's junior season set the record for the most receiving yards by a Buckeye in a single season, a mark that would be broken three years later by Boston. His 253 yards against Pittsburgh in 1995 still stands as an OSU best.

After declaring for the NFL Draft in 1996, Glenn was chosen with the seventh overall pick by the New England Patriots. He spent 12 years in the league with the Patriots, Green Bay Packers, and Dallas Cowboys, making the Pro Bowl in 1999 and recording 593 catches for 8,823 yards and 44 touchdowns over the course of his career.


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