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Joe Germaine

Quarterback 1996-98

Joe Germaine proved in two seasons as a backup that he was a fine quarterback. But it was his senior year as the starter and team co-captain, when he set 11 school records while throwing for 3,330 yards and 25 touchdowns, that separated him from other OSU quarterbacks. He was the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football Award winner as the Big Ten MVP that year and he led OSU to the No. 1 national ranking for a school-record tying 10-consecutive weeks. He also was named by the conference coaches as the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year. No Ohio State fan will ever forget his heroics in the 1997 Rose Bowl as he calmly directed the Buckeyes 65 yards in 12 plays in the final 1:40 for the winning touchdown (a 5-yard touchdown pass to David Boston with 19 seconds left). Germaine threw for 6,370 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons.