Eddie George leads Ohio State contingent included in initial release of college football’s top 150 players

Bill Rabinowitz
brabinow@dispatch.com
Running back Eddie George, here famously leaving seven Notre Dame defenders in his wake in a 1995 game, is the highest-ranked Ohio State player among those included in ESPN’s list of all-time college football stars ranked between Nos. 26 through 150. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]

Six Ohio State players have been named to ESPN’s uncompleted list of the top 150 college football players of all time.

The network announced players ranked between Nos. 26 and 150 on its list on Thursday. The top 25 players will be announced during halftime of Monday’s College Football Playoff championship game between LSU and Clemson.

Running back Eddie George, the 1995 Heisman Trophy winner, is No. 38 on the list. Jack Tatum, a two-time unanimous all-American in 1969 and ’70 and a key member of the 1968 national title team, is No. 44.

Running back Howard “Hopalong” Cassady, who won the 1955 Heisman Trophy, is at No. 47, followed by offensive tackle Orlando Pace at No. 51. Pace was a Heisman finalist in 1996 and is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

Offensive guard Jim Parker, an Outland Trophy winner and 1956 unanimous all-American, is at No. 141. Linebacker Chris Spielman, the 1987 Lombardi Award winner, is at No. 143.

Running back Archie Griffin, the only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, almost certainly will be among the top 25 players revealed on Monday.

A panel of 150 former coaches, players, administrators and media members selected the list.

Find the ESPN list of players ranked 26-150 here.

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