The 6' 2", 215-pound Columbus native was a devastating blocker on offense and tackler on defense. After leading OSU to a national title in 1942 and clearing Les Horvath's path to the Heisman in '44, Willis helped break pro football's color barrier two years later as a 25-year-old rookie for the Cleveland Browns.
HIGHLIGHTS: Heisman Trophy winner and Big Ten MVP ('95)
Few gave the Philadelphian much of a shot at winning the Heisman at the start of his senior season. But by year's end he had run away with OSU's sixth trophy by rushing for a school-record 1,927 yards and scoring 25 touchdowns. He also set a school record for receptions by a running back (47).
HIGHLIGHTS: Biletnikoff Award winner ('95)
The kid who once sold soda in the Ohio Stadium stands brought more than a little pop to the Buckeyes' offense when he finally reached the field as a starter in 1995. He led the nation in yards per catch (23.1) and set a school record with 17 receiving touchdowns—after catching no TD passes his previous two years. His 253 receiving yards in a game that season is an OSU record.
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