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Best OSU Secondary

Discussion in 'Buckeye Football' started by misterjones, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. misterjones

    misterjones Newbie

    This is somewhat repetitive of another thread of mine, but I did not want it to get lost in the shuffle. I am interesteted in what everyone thinks about the topic.

    Specifically, I note that OSU had four out of four DBs in 1979 who were all-conference first team (Bell, Guess and Skillings) or second team (Ellis). Is that the best OSU secondary ever (at least in that respect)?
  2. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    !968..Tim Andeson Ted Provost CB's Mike Sensibaugh and Jack Tatum S's
  3. Taosman

    Taosman Don't Tase Me, Bro!

    I believe the 68 secondary, everyone made an All American team. But teams didn't throw as much back then so one of the newer secondarys would get my vote but which one? Maybe the one with Shawn Springs?
    1996 secondary
    Springs
    Howard
    Kelly
    Moore
    Berry
    That was a terrific defense(10.6 points a game) and they beat Arizona State and" Jake The Snake" in the Rose Bowl, finished ranked #2.
    http://www.cleveland.com/osu/index.ssf/2009/10/ohio_state_buckeyes_defense_to.html
    Last edited: Jan 31, 2013
  4. ScriptOhio

    ScriptOhio Everybody is somebody else's weirdo.

    It's tough to pick a single best DB unit due to all the variables, (i.e. no real criteria, opponents, rest of defense, NFL careers, championships/team wins, etc.); however, my favorite team was the 1968 National Champions and their DBs were pretty good:

    Jack Tatum
    Mike Sensibaugh
    Tim Anderson
    Ted Provost

    P.S. FWIW, here is a site that lists all the starters by year.

    http://www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com/graphics/pdf/m-footbl/1213_guide_9records2.pdf
    Last edited: Feb 1, 2013
  5. MaxBuck

    MaxBuck Slam Thompson!

    This one. No other one comes close IMO. Sensibaugh and Tatum both had fabulous NFL careers as well.
  6. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    That's the secondary I would have picked. But I was born in 1976 and wouldn't know much about the 1979 secondary. I'm sure 1968 was great, and I'm sure 1973 would have to be good, as well.

    I remember how great it was to watch both corners (Springs and Howard) in 1996 totally shut down the opposing wide receivers (eff off, Tai Streets - you can eat my [Mark May] through a garden hose). Ohio State could blitz with linebackers, or with safeties.. I think I saw David Boston blitzing from the sidelines a couple times.
  7. NFBuck

    NFBuck Gonzo Weatherman

    Best I've seen in my life was '96.

    2007 was pretty damned good too.
  8. BIATCHabutuka

    BIATCHabutuka floating if lucky

    you are missing the best OSU defensive player I have lived to see play on that team, Antoine Winfield.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1HtofWTGGk&playnext=1&list=PLE9F53D8DB9C7560E&feature=results_video"]1997 Rose Bowl: Ohio State v. Arizona State (Drive-Thru) - YouTube[/ame]
  9. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Kiss the ring, Fredo.

    Jack Tatum + 3 scrubs **************** than anything else.
  10. Zurp

    Zurp I have misplaced my pants.

    That's the amazing thing: Winfield wasn't even a starter on that team.
  11. Best Buckeye

    Best Buckeye Pretending I'm a pleasant person is exhausting Staff Member

    "They call me assassin".
  12. Buckeneye

    Buckeneye The Gun People

    Outside of Malcolm you had... What? A rsFR in Chimdi.
    Sophomore Kurt, Donald Washington, Anderson Russell.

    Perhaps if you advanced the careers of Coleman & Chekwa
    To their senior years and put Jenkins on that squad you might
    Have something.
  13. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun

    There was only one Jack Tatum so his squad wins.

    Best in my lifetime was the 1998 team.
    Antoine Winfield and Ahmed Plummer at the corners with Damon Moore and "scary" Berry at the safties. Nate Clements was the nickel back.

    The 3 corners had great NFL careers (Plummers was cut short). The two safeties were drafted but also injured early iirc.

    5 NFL players on the field at the same time gets my second place vote.
  14. Onebuckfan

    Onebuckfan classof76

    Put Jack Tatum on the 2012 squad tackling problem solved.
  15. Jaxbuck

    Jaxbuck I hate tsun

    Not really.

    He would have lasted about 1 quarter before being ejected and banned in today's game.

    But what a glorious quarter it would have been. :wink2:
    Zurp likes this.

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