Even over the past decade, they've featured Gabe Lindsay, Chris Massey, Darrent Williams, Grant Jones, Perrish Cox and Dez Bryant as momentum-shifting threats on punt or kickoff returns.
"Hopefully we can find another one," said OSU special teams coach Joe DeForest.
In truth, DeForest feels he's found the next great one: Justin Gilbert. The true freshman has been dynamic in practice, but has yet to break his first big one on Saturdays.
"We feel Gilbert can do it," DeForest said. "He's just got to learn."
The Cowboys have picked their spots with Gilbert, also using Josh Cooper on punt returns and Kendall Hunter, Johnny Thomas and Joseph Randle on kickoffs.
Cooper actually leads OSU with a 23.7 average on punt returns, highlighted by a 66-yard touchdown romp against Troy. Because of his sure hands, Cooper is a safe option, too.
"You always like to be on the field," said Cooper, "but we have a lot of guys who can make plays."
Gilbert, a former Texas high school sprint champion, is the one guy who can break open a game at any moment.
"You go through the same growing pains with Gilbert as we did with Perrish Cox," DeForest said. "He's going to make some decisions that aren't really as good as you'd like, but he's also going to make some plays."
So far, the Cowboys have been lacking those plays on kickoff returns, a category that currently finds OSU at No. 111 nationally, with an average of just 16.9 per return.
"I'm very disappointed in where we are right now," DeForest said. "But our starting field position is good because so many people pooch us. You have to live with that, unfortunately.
"We've got a bunch of young guys on that unit, but that's no excuse. They've got three games under their belt and now they've got to learn the speed of the game.
"And we've got to do a good job of securing the ball and getting all we can on these pooch kicks. And when we get a deep ball kicked to us, we've got to return it."