When you dominate the Big Ten as much as the Ohio State Buckeyes have in recent memory, you must have plenty of good players on your team in order to do so. That’s confirmed by how many All-Big Ten players a single team has and that trend continued as a bunch of Buckeyes made the all-conference team following the conclusion of the regular season this past weekend. 24 to be exact, something that I’m sure makes head coach Urban Meyer proud.
- Quarterback J.T. Barrett
- Center Billy Price
- Left tackle Jamarco Jones
- Right guard Michael Jordan
- Defensive end Nick Bosa
- Defensive end Tyquan Lewis
- Cornerback Denzel Ward
- Running back J.K. Dobbins
- Defensive end Sam Hubbard
- Return specialist Parris Campbell
- Wide receiver Parris Campbell
- Right tackle Isaiah Prince
- Safety Damon Webb
- Safety Jordan Fuller
- Defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones
- Kicker Sean Nuernberger
- Punter Drue Chrisman
- Running back Mike Weber
- Wide receiver Johnnie Dixon
- Wide receiver K.J. Hill
- Tight end Marcus Baugh
- Defensive end Jalyn Holmes
- Linebacker Jerome Baker
- Linebacker Chris Worley
- Cornerback Damon Arnette
For the third time in his career, J.T. Barrett is a first-team all-Big Ten. No one in the history of the conference can make the claim of achieving that status three times. You can question the way he performs in big games, his deep ball, and even has decision making at times all you want, but the redshirt senior and Ohio State’s first ever three-time captain has had quite an impressive career. A Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award finalist, Barrett owns 36 school or Big Ten records, and finished the regulars season with a 66.2 completion percentage, 33 touchdowns, and a 164.95 efficiency rating while running for 672 yards and nine touchdowns as well.
A Rimington Trophy candidate for the country’s top center, Billy Price has started a school-record 53 consecutive games. Price was also named Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year. It was quite an impressive season for the redshirt senior, especially considering it was his firs as the Buckeyes’ center.
Arguably the most important position on the offensive line, Jamarco Jones blocked Barrett’s blindside and made sure to keep his quarterback protected. Not only did he do that, but the senior opened up plenty of holes for the Barrett, Dobbins, and Weber to run through, too.
When your name is Michael Jordan, you have to be good at sports, right? Just a sophomore, the right guard has started every game of his college career so far and was awarded for his efforts this season.
Thanks to his brother, Joey, Nick Bosa had plenty of high expectations when he arrived on campus. Only a sophomore, he has already lived up to said expectations and will only improve as he gets older. He led the Buckeyes in both tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks (six). Nick Bosa was also named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and it’s the fourth straight year that a Buckeye has gotten that award.
When it comes to the defensive line, Ohio State has one of the best groups in the country, so it’s not a surprise that two of them were given All-Big Ten first-team honors. Along with Bosa, Tyquan Lewis was in the opponent’s backfield throughout much of the season. He totaled 6.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. The redshirt senior was also named on the first team in 2016 as well.
Denzel Ward may not only be one of the fastest players on the team, but he may be one of the most athletic as well. The Buckeyes’ lockdown cornerback, the junior had 13 pass break-ups and one interception during his first regular season as a starter. Ward also had two crucial blocked kicks and a blocked punt as well.
Defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle was named a Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.