Earlier this offseason, Urban Meyer stated his 2017 Ohio State team possessed the most leadership he's ever seen.

On Monday, the Buckeyes head coach proved it.

With just more than a week to go until its season opener, Meyer revealed that nine players had been selected to serve as Ohio State captains for the coming campaign. Nine captains for a single season will mark the most in program history, breaking the Buckeyes' previous high of six.

The nine players selected to serve as Ohio State captains in 2017 include:

  • Quarterback J.T. Barrett
  • H-back Parris Campbell
  • Defensive lineman Jalyn Holmes
  • Defensive end Sam Hubbard
  • Defensive end Tyquan Lewis
  • Wide receiver Terry McLaurin
  • Center Billy Price
  • Defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle
  • Linebacker Chris Worley

In earning captain honors, Barrett becomes the first three-time captain in Buckeyes history. Worley, a 2013 graduate of Cleveland Glenville, will serve as a captain for the first time in his college career after enjoying a breakout season as a starter in 2016.

Earlier on Monday, Ohio State learned it will enter the season ranked second in the Associated Press Top 25, as well as the Amway Coaches Poll. The Buckeyes will begin their 2017 season on Aug. 31 with an 8 p.m. ET kickoff at Indiana.