With the college football regular season coming to an end last weekend, the Big Ten’s coaches and media members have released their All-Big Ten teams and award winners. On Tuesday night, the defense and special teams winners were honored with the offensive side being unveiled Wednesday night (5 p.m. ET on Big Ten Network).
On Tuesday night, 11 members of Ohio State’s defense and three special team members were honored. The 11 members of the Silver Bullets were defensive end Tyquan Lewis, safety Malik Hooker, linebacker Raekwon McMillan, and cornerback Marshon Lattimore, linebacker Jerome Baker, defensive tackle Michael Hill, defensive ends Jalyn Holmes and Sam Hubbard, cornerback Denzel Ward, and SAF Damon Webb. The three special teamers were punter Cameron Johnston, kicker Tyler Durbin, and return specialist Parris Campbell.
Tyquan Lewis was not only given not only named a first-team All Big Ten member by both the coaches and media, but was also named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year. He was quite impressive this season, racking up 27 tackles, including 7.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss, the latter two of which lead the team. The defensive tackle also had five quarterback hurries, forced three fumbles, and accrued two pass deflections. Lewis is the third consecutive Silver Bullet to be named Defensive Lineman of the Year (defensive end Joey Bosa was given the honors in 2014 and 2015).
Although he missed out on being named the Defensive Player of the Year to Michigan’s Jabrill Peppers (an argument is for another day), Malik Hooker was named a first-team all-conference member by both the coaches and media. The red-shirt sophomore had 67 tackles, five tackles for loss, and 0.5 sack. Most importantly, he has been a key member of Ohio State’s secondary and is one of the main reasons why the Buckeyes have done so well defending the pass. The safety had six interceptions (fourth nationally), three of which were of the pick-six variety (a school record).
Raekwon McMillan was also named unanimous choice for first-team by both the coaches and media. The linebacker led te team with 87 tackles and also totaled one sack, five tackles for loss, forced two fumbles, and broke up four passes. This is the second time the true junior has been named all-Big Ten.
First-year starting cornerback Marshon Lattimore was named first team all-conference by the coaches but second team all-Big Ten by the media. In his first season as a full-time starter, he has been a lockdown cornerback. During the regular season, Lattimore had 38 tackles, four interceptions (second on team), and nine pass breakups.
Cameron Johnston, who is (somehow) already a senior, was named first-team by both the coaches and the media and was also given the Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year. The senior’s 49 punts have averaged a distance of 46.2 yards per punt, including 23 inside the 20-yard line.
Gareon Conley was a second-team selection by the coaches and third-team by the media. The junior totaled 20 tackles, three interceptions, and eight pass breakups during the season, which was fifth-best in the country. An impressive 16 of those 49 punts traveled 50-plus yards.
Third-team (coaches and media): kicker Tyler Durbin, return specialist Parris Campbell
Honorable mention: Jerome Baker, Michael Hill, Jalyn Holmes, Sam Hubbard, Denzel Ward, Damon Webb
Senior linebacker Joe Burger, who was also voted a team captain by his teammates, was the team’s Big Ten sportsmanship award honoree.