Jan. 6, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State had the most wide receivers in the National Football League during the 2011 season. A total of seven former Ohio State Buckeye receivers were on the opening day NFL rosters this year, according to NFL Communications. Additionally, Ohio State ranked in a tie-for-fifth nationally among all universities with 35 of its former players on opening day NFL rosters.
The list of former Buckeye receivers is impressive, with Minnesota Viking Michael Jenkins the longest tenured Buckeye receiver currently in the NFL as he just completed his eighth season in the league. New York Jet Santonio Holmes, the MVP of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 2010 Super Bowl win over Arizona, completed his sixth season. And two Buckeyes just completed their fifth seasons in the NFL: Anthony Gonzalez of the Indianapolis Colts and Ted Ginn, of the San Francisco 49ers.
Six of the seven receivers made starts for their respective teams this season and they combined for 173 receptions for 2,188 yards and 17 touchdowns.
The complete list of Buckeye receivers in the NFL in 2011 with season stats includes.
Dane Sanzenbacher (Rookie) – 16 games, 1 start, 27 receptions, 276 yards and 3 TDs
Cleveland Browns/Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Robiskie (3rd year) – 6 games, 2 starts, 3 receptions, 23 yards
Anthony Gonzalez (5th year) – 8 games played
Brian Hartline (3rd year) – 16 games, 10 starts, 35 receptions, 549 yards and 1 TD
Michael Jenkins (8th year) – 11 games (before injury), 7 starts, 38 receptions, 466 yards and 3 TDs
New York Jets
Santonio Holmes (6th year) – 16 games, 16 starts, 51 receptions, 654 yards and 8 TDs
San Francisco 49ers
Ted Ginn (5th year) – 14 games, 3 starts, 19 receptions, 220 yards (with one punt and one kickoff TD)
Add Four of Coach Urban Meyer’s Receivers, too
Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has his own history of producing top-talent at wide receiver for the NFL as well. In just 10 seasons as coach he has had seven receivers selected in the NFL Draft, and this past year four of his former receivers played in the NFL, led by ultra-talented Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings and including Riley Cooper (Philadelphia Eagles), Louis Murphy (Oakland Raiders) and Andre Caldwell (Cincinnati Bengals).
All-Time Great Buckeye WRs
Ohio State has a rich history of wide receivers, dating back to the great OSU halfback of the early 1960s, Paul Warfield, who would go on to have a Hall of Fame career as a wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. Other receiving greats from Ohio State include:
- Cris Carter, the longtime Minnesota Viking (and current ESPN and NFL analyst) who caught 1,101 passes in the NFL for 13,899 yards and 130 touchdowns. This came after an Ohio State career that featured 168 receptions and 27 touchdowns.
- Joey Galloway, a first-round draft pick of Seattle (1995) whose impressive career included 701 receptions for 10,950 yards and 77 touchdowns. Galloway had 108 receptions and 19 touchdowns as a Buckeye.
- David Boston, another of the Buckeyes’ first-round wide receiver draft picks (Arizona in 1999) who had 315 receptions for 4,699 and 25 touchdowns in the NFL after a record-setting Ohio State career that included 191 receptions for 2,855 yards and 34 touchdowns.
- Terry Glenn, a 1996 NFL first-round draft pick (New England) who caught 593 passes in the league for 8,823 yards with 44 touchdowns. Glenn had one of the great single seasons in school history in 1995 when he caught 64 passes for 1,411 yards (22.0 yards per catch) and a still-standing school record 17 touchdowns.