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Joey Bosa Named ESPN.com First-Team All-American
By Patrick Murphy
Joey Bosa is recognized yet again for the dominant force he is for the Buckeyes
Photo by Dan Harker
 

COLUMBUS – Add Joey Bosa’s name to another All-American list. The Ohio State defensive lineman was named to ESPN.com’s 2015 All-American team on Monday.

There were high expectations for the junior after being voted a unanimous All-American in his second year with the Buckeyes. Because of this, Bosa faced double and triple teams all year and struggled to put up the same statistics he did a season ago, especially early in the year.

Despite the slow start – he didn’t register a sack until his fifth game of the season – Bosa still finished the year with impressive numbers. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was credited with 47 tackles, 16 tackles-for-loss, five quarterback sacks, four pass break-ups, 14 quarterback pressures, an interception, and forced fumble on his way to a second consecutive Smith-Brown Defensive Linemen of the Year in the Big Ten.

Last week, it was announced that Bosa along with Ohio State offensive lineman Taylor Decker were named Walter Camp first-team All-Americans as well as making the list for CBS Sports and SI.com. Junior safety Vonn Bell was also a first-team All-American according to SI.com.

The Buckeyes had five more players named to various second-team All-American lists including running back Ezekiel Elliott, linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee, offensive guard Pat Elflein, and defensive tackle Adolphus Washington.

Among the other players to be named ESPN.com All-Americans were Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry (running back, Alabama) and finalist Deshaun Watson (quarterback, Clemson).

While Bosa was the only Ohio State player on ESPN.com’s list, he was one of five Big Ten players given this honor.

Indiana guard Dan Feeney was the only offensive player to make it from the conference, but defensive lineman Carl Nassib (Penn State), linebacker Joe Schobert (Wisconsin), and cornerback Desmond King (Iowa) joined Bosa on the defensive side of the ball.

It is nearly certain that Bosa, who is projected to go as one of the top picks in next spring's NFL Draft, will leave Ohio State following this season. He will have one more game to impress scouts as the Buckeyes take on Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.

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