The votes are in! To wrap up the decade, we wanted to hear from you lovely people about who you believe should comprise the Ohio State Buckeyes’ All-Decade team. Every day for the last two weeks, we posted a new positional article, asking you to vote for your choice on both the site and Twitter with the promise of revealing the final All-Decade roster on the final day of the 2010s.
So, without further ado...
This was a close one with Braxton Miller coming in second. However, Barrett pulled through with 39.4 percent of the vote on Twitter and 43 percent of the votes on the article poll. We also received quite a bit of write-ins for Cardale Jones, but sadly, Twitter polls only allow for four candidates, so #16 takes the honor.
Michael Thomas had the most votes on both Twitter and the site with 59.1 percent and 41 percent respectively. For the purpose of an all-decade team, however, the runners up also made the final roster. Devin Smith received 22 percent on Twitter and 33 percent on the site. K.J. Hill received 12.2 percent on Twitter and 16 percent here on LGHL. Parris Campbell was close, but didn’t quite make the cut.
This position definitely sparked a lot of debate on Twitter, with many arguing that others were voting for Thomas due to his success in the NFL rather than at Ohio State, and that Devin Smith had a more successful college career. Let us know what you think in the comments below.
No debate here. Ezekiel Elliott won this one with flying colors, earning 86.3 percent of the votes on Twitter and 72 percent on the site. Although a lot of people tweeted that they’d change their votes to Dobbins based on his playoff performance. The poll is closed but, anyone want to change their votes?
Jeff Heuerman received 47.9 percent of the votes on Twitter with Jake Stoneburner coming in second with 29.4 percent. Similarly, on the site, Heuerman received 49 percent of the votes, and Stoneburner had 25 percent.
Notice a trend? With the exception of Cardale Jones, the all-decade team so far is basically just the 2014 National Championship team. Makes sense.
This one was tricky in that most of the candidates played guard before they moved to center. Therefore, we asked that you only consider their time at center before voting. Pat Elflein came in first with 44.2 percent of the vote on Twitter and 36 percent of the votes on the site, with Billy Price trailing closely behind on both polls.
Pat Elflein technically won this one on Twitter with 40 percent of the votes, but Andrew Norwell won the site’s poll comfortably with 47 percent of the votes compared to Elflein’s 25 percent. Billy Price wasn’t far behind with 25.5 percent on Twitter and 20 percent on the site. So I guess while Elflein is in at center, Price can play backup at guard.
Taylor Decker won this one by a long shot with 77.8 percent on Twitter, 83 percent on the site. Also on the roster is Jack Mewhort who was runner up with just 12% of the votes on both Twitter and the site.
Many of you got really mad at us for putting Isaiah Prince on the list, however five percent of you on Twitter and 39 of you on the site still voted for him so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.
He was up against some great competition, but Chase Young unsurprisingly pulled through with 58.8 percent of the votes on Twitter and a nice 69 percent on the site. In a lot of other circumstances, it wouldn’t be surprising if he had received 100 percent of the vote, however, other superstars was on the ballot with him, things got divided. Joey Bosa also made the final roster with 31.4 percent of the vote on Twitter and 25 percent on LGHL.
The other two candidates were Nick Bosa and John Simon. Leading to many decisions that looked like this:
This one was neck and neck until the end, but Michael Bennett came out on top with 30.2 percent on Twitter and 32 percent on the site. Johnathan Hankins also makes the roster, just barely coming in second with 28.4 percent of the votes on Twitter. Dre’mont Jones was second on the site poll with 31 percent, but only received 25.7 percent of the votes on Twitter.
While some thought the votes were biased because people were voting “with their hearts not their heads,” Ryan Shazier still won easily with 71.4 percent of the votes on Twitter and 77 percent of the votes on the site. Also on the roster are Darron Lee who was runner up and Raekwon McMillan. Malik Harrison did not make the cut.
Marshon Lattimore received the majority of the votes on both Twitter and the site with 53.1 percent and 40 percent respectively. Bradley Roby barely received the second most votes on Twitter above Denzel Ward, however Ward made the roster due to the fact that he received 143 more votes than Roby on the site.
We also received many Jeff Okudah write-ins. Listen, this position — like most — was incredibly tough to pick just four. And the fact that we didn’t add Okudah tells you a lot about Ohio State’s corners over the past decade. *insert fire emoji*
Malik Hooker beat Vonn Bell, Tyvis Powell, and Jordan Fuller quite easily with 72.7 percent of the votes on Twitter and 63 percent on the site. Which makes sense. When you think “Malik Hooker” you think “interception.” Vonn Bell also made the team with just 19.3 percent of the votes on Twitter and 26 percent on the site.
This one got a little tricky when Sean Nuernberger won the Twitter poll with 44.9 percent of the votes, but Drew Basil killed the site poll with 70 percent of the votes. Vise-versa, Basil came in third on Twitter behind Blake Haubeil with 23.5 percent and Nuernberger only received 15 percent of the votes on the site. So, we put both on the final roster to satisfy both our Twitter followers and our readers.
Also, many of you wrote in Mike Nugent, but this is a 2010-19 all-decade team and well, Nugent did not play for Ohio State during this decade.
The Aussie won both the Twitter poll and the site poll with 79.5 percent and 66 percent, respectively. Drue Chrisman was second with 18.9 percent on Twitter and 20 percent on the site.
And there you have it! Your all-decade Ohio State team, which also happens to be a list of some of the best names in the NFL. Makes you realize how spoiled we are as Buckeye fans, eh? All I can say is, with the amount of talent we have coming back next year... bring on 2020! Happy New Year!