Urban Meyer has had some great wins in his career as a head coach. Whether that’s from Bowling Green, Utah, Florida or Ohio State, he has produced a number of great players and NFL talent. Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State has been outstanding.
At the end of the 2017 season, he holds a record of 78-7, two Big Ten titles, two Leaders Division titles and two East Division titles. Highly impressive, considering the fact that he has three years on Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Harbaugh has the same amount of losses.
Meyer couldn’t have the record he does without his players, so without further ado, let’s take a look at the top five players that played under Urban Meyer:
5.) Raekwon McMillan – Middle Linebacker (2014-2016)
Raekwon McMillan was the No. 1 linebacker coming out of the 2014 recruiting class. As a freshman, he would be a key player in a great linebacker rotation.
During his tenure, McMillan’s stats would be great for a linebacker at Ohio State, but his overall impact on the field could not be measured. No matter where the ball was, McMillan would be right there.
It didn’t matter if the offense called a run or a pass, he would always be there to disrupt the play. McMillan was drafted in the 2nd round, 54th overall, to the Miami Dolphins in 2016.
4.) Darron Lee – Outside Linebacker (2013-2015)
Darron Lee is an Ohio native who played quarterback and safety in High School for New Albany. Lee would redshirt in 2013 before moving to linebacker.
As soon as he hit the field, the speedy linebacker made plays in 2014.
In his first start he picked up a fumble and scored a touchdown vs Navy. He did the same against Michigan, in one of the most memorable plays of his career.
Lee played a key role in the National Title run in 2014. He was drafted in the 1st round, 20th overall, in 2014 to the New York Jets.
3.) Joey Bosa – Defensive End (2013-2015)
You can’t say enough about Joey Bosa.
Bosa was famous for shrugging after he would completely destroy opposing quarterbacks. He had a remarkable career, including contributing in the run for the National Title in 2014.
The 2015 season was another successful campaign for Bosa, as he posted 16 tackles for loss and recorded his first interception, against Michigan no less.
He was selected 3rd overall by the Chargers in 2015, when they still played in San Diego.
2.) J.T. Barrett – Quarterback (2013-2017)
What more can you say for the all-time Ohio State leader in passing and scoring that hasn’t been said?
Barrett was the ultimate Buckeye in my eyes. The only quarterback to go 4-0 vs arch rival Michigan, two Big Ten Championships, and led the team to two college football playoff runs.
Barrett may be the greatest quarterback to ever play at Ohio State and is certainly the best under Urban Meyer. Barrett was not selected in the 2018 NFL Draft but ended up signing with the New Orleans Saints.
1.) Ezekiel Elliott – Running Back (2013-2015)
A player with a hard nose for running the football. Elliott was a running back who loved to block and hit you.
Elliott rushed for 3,961 yards and 43 touchdowns, all in only two years as a starter. He also earned the MVP award of the 2016 Fiesta Bowl and the 2015 Sugar Bowl. Don’t forget that he also earned the MVP in the first College Football Playoff National Championship game!
Elliott was drafted 4th overall in the 1st round to the Dallas Cowboys in 2016.
Honorable Mention list:
Malik Hooker – Safety (2014-2016)
Taylor Decker – Offensive Tackle (2012-2015)
Eli Apple – Defensive Back (2013-2015)
Michael Thomas – Wide Receiver (2012- 2015)
J.K.Dobbins – Running Back (2017-Current)
Nick Bosa – Defensive End (2016- Current)
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