Offensive Guard 1981-84
Jim Lachey entered his senior season with just four career starts. But in his final year, Lachey established himself as one of the top linemen in all of college football and was named to a first team All-America berth. Blessed with unusual speed and strength for a man his size, Lachey played guard for the Buckeyes, but could easily have played tackle. Lachey played a key role in the Ohio State offense in 1984, paving the way for junior running back Keith Byars. Byars led the nation in rushing (1,764 yards), scoring (24 touchdowns) and in all-purpose running (2,441 yards) that year. In 1995, the San Diego Chargers selected Lachey, a St. Henry, Ohio, native, with the 12th pick in the first round. In 1991, he started at left tackle for the Super Bowl Champion Washington Redskins. In his 11-year career, he was named to the Pro Bowl three-times and established himself as one of the game’s top linemen.