Highest-Rated Ohio Football Players in NCAA Football History

The NCAA video game series has been a fixture in many families since 1998 and for some even earlier during the “Bill Walsh College Football” days. It was absolutely devastating when EA Sport discontinued production of the game after ‘NCAA ’14.

The game – or a version of it – is due back in time for the 2023 season and I simply can’t wait. It made me wonder who were the ten best Ohio State footballers in video game history. It is important to remember that no names were used for the lists, but we can make some safe assumptions that QB No. 2 It Could Have Been Terrelle Pryor. It’s part of the reason why EA Sports had to stop making the game.

Another thing worth noting is that it’s very hard to find any menus prior to the 2004 release, but I feel like I’ve exhausted my options and found the best results. I also want to point out that the first “Bill Walsh College Football” game didn’t even have Ohio State and instead had a weird imitated team named Columbus. There were no single player ratings and therefore this game was not used. Oh, and don’t forget, NCAA games were rated a year ago, so the 2005 version of the game is actually for the 2004 season. Got you? No, maybe – sort of?

Let’s advance anyway with the ten best Ohio footballers in the history of the NCAA Football video game franchise.

No. 5 (tie) – Brandon Joe, 96 overall (NCAA Football 2005)

What stood out

Brandon Joe was the highest-rated player on the Ohio State roster in “NCAA Football 2005” with an average of 96 years and was actually the only player on the roster to make it to the ’90s district. Oddly enough, Brandon Joe was an Ohio State linebacker from 2000-2004 and was the model linebacker for Ohio State.

No. 5 (tie) – Marcus Freeman, 96 overall (NCAA Football 2009)

November 22, 2008 Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Bucks quarterback Marcus Freeman (1) in a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODay Sports

What stood out

Prior to becoming head coach at Notre Dame, Marcus Freeman was a two-time All-Big Ten quarterback, and in “NCAA Football 2009,” Freeman earned a good 96 rating overall. To illustrate how great the Ohio State team is at the video game, Freeman has been tied for the third highest rating on the team with two others.

No. 5 (tie) – Alex Boone, 96 overall (NCAA Football 2009)

Sep 6, 2008; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes offensive tackle Alex Boone (75) blocks against Ohio Bobcats defensive end Chris Luchsinger (54) at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

What stood out

One of Freeman’s teammates on that legendary hypothetical roster was offensive lineman Alex Boone. He was also given an overall rating of 96 at “NCAA Football 2009”. Boone was named All-Big Ten twice during his career in Columbus, Ohio.

No. 5 (tie) – Malcolm Jenkins, 96 overall (NCAA Football 2009)

Jan 5, 2008 Glendale, Arizona, USA; Ohio State Bucks quarterback Terrell Brewer (2) during the warm-up before the 2009 Fiesta Bowl vs Texas Longhorns at University of Phoenix Stadium. Credit: Kirby Lee/Sports Image-USA Today Sports

What stood out

Malcolm Jenkins is one of the best defensive linebackers in the history of Ohio State and his overall rating of 96 is right too low. Jenkins is actually one of the few Buckeyes to break the 90 overall threshold twice as he was 96 overall in “NCAA Football 2009” and 94 overall in “NCAA Football 2008”. Jenkins was named the All-Big Ten three times, All-American twice, and won the Thorpe Award in 2008. I hear that’s pretty good.

No. 5 (tie) – Terrell Pryor, 96 overall (NCAA Football 2012)

Ohio State quarterback Terrell Pryor (2) throws a pass during the first quarter of an NCAA football game against Marshall at Ohio Stadium on September 2, 2010. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

What stood out

Terrelle Pryor is one of the best virtual midfielders of all time. He has crossed the 90 overall threshold three times with an overall rating of 90 in ‘NCAA Football 2010’, 94 overall in ‘NCAA Football 2011’, and 96 overall best in ‘NCAA Football 2012’.. “ Pryor was Top Ten Freshman of the Year in 2008 and Rose Bowl MVP in 2010.

No. 5 (tie) – Braxton Miller, 96 overall (NCAA Football 2014)

Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) breaks down a defensive end Michigan Wolverines Ryan Van Bergen (53) in the third quarter during an NCAA college football game at Michigan Stadium, Ann Arbor, Michigan November 26, 2011. Robertson)

What stood out

Braxton Miller will probably exceed 90 overall a few times, but unfortunately, it was in the last version of the game. Miller received a 96 overall rating in “NCAA Football 2014” and for good reason. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011, two-time Big Ten MVP, two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, two-time Big Ten quarterback, and two-time All-Big Ten performance. .

No. 3 (tie) – AJ Hawk, 97 overall (NCAA Football 2006)

Jan 2, 2006; Tempe, Arizona USA; Ohio State Bucks, quarterback (47) AJ Hawk talks with Notre Dame fighting Irish quarterback (10) Brady Quinn after the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State won 34-20. Mandatory credit: Photo By Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports Copyright (c) 2006 Matt Cashore

What stood out

It’s hard to believe, but AJ Hawk is already underrated at only 97 overall. Hawk finished his career as a national champion, two-time Fiesta Bowl MVP, two-time All-American, Lombardi Trophy, Jack Lambert Trophy, and Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

No. 3 (tie) – Penny Wales, 97 overall, (NCAA Football 2009)

Jan 5, 2009; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Ohio State Bucks running back Chris Wells aka Benny Wells (28) evades an attempt to tackle by Texas Longhorns defensive end Brian Urakbow (98) in the first half at the 2009 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Texas defeated Ohio 24-21. Credit: Kirby Lee/Sports Image-USA Today Sports

What stood out

Beanie Wells is another stud for the ‘NCAA Football 2009’ team. His overall rating of 97 was well deserved as he was named All-Big Ten and All-American during his career at Ohio State and went on to have a solid career in the NFL, mostly with the Green Bay Packers.

No. 1 (tie) – Chris Gamble, 99 overall (NCAA Football 2004)

TEMPE, AZ – JANUARY 2: Chris Gamble’s No. 7 kickback return of the Ohio State Buckies gets a pass during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at the Tustitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2004, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Gamble announced after the game that he would not return to OSU in his first season and enter the NFL Draft. The Buckeyes defeated The Wildcats 35-28. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

What stood out

Chris Gamble is without a doubt one of the greatest players in Ohio State history and I’m glad he was able to earn some respect with a 99 rating. I’ve always thought he was taken for granted and not taken advantage of for crime. The National Champion and All-Big Ten representative played both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes – both particularly good and looking like he never tires.

No. 1 (tie) – James Laurenitis, 99 overall (NCAA Football 2009)

November 22, 2008 Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Bucks quarterback James Laurinaitis (33) in a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium. Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

What stood out

James Laurinaitis is one of Buckeye’s greatest personalities, and has had an overall rating of over 90 over his career with 95 overall ratings in “NCAA Football 2008”, and 99 overall ratings in “NCAA Football 2009”.. ” These high ratings are well deserved given that Laurinaitis is a Nagurski Trophy winner, three-time All-American Actor, three-time All-Big Ten Actor, Butkus Award winner, two-time Lambert Award winner and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, not to mention a Trophy winner Lotte. That’s a lot of devices.

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