This year's Ohio State team has added their mark to both the history and record books; both team and individual performances this season have led to accolades from around the conference and nation.
Two defensive players were particular stand-outs for their contributions throughout the season, and were just named AP All-Americans, DL Joey Bosa (first-team) and DT Michael Bennett (third-team). Quarterback J.T. Barrett was also honored as a third team All-American for his outstanding play.
After a season full of honors and records from Ohio State, the Big Ten Conference and national outlets, Bosa keeps adding accolades to his resume. He recorded 35 solo and 16 assisted tackles so far this season, with a game-high of six unassisted tackles during the snowy Minnesota game. His on-field success wouldn't be the same without his custom "Bosa shrug" celebration that has been widely embraced by Buckeye fans (¯\_(ツ)_/¯). Only a sophomore, Bosa follows in the footsteps of Buckeye great, Ryan Shazier, who made the 2013 All-American team and is now a player in the NFL.
Bennett has had a fierce season with 22 solo and 13 assisted tackles, has recently accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl, and is playing with more heart than ever since the passing of his friend and teammate Kosta Karageorge. Head coach Urban Meyer referenced Michael Bennett, as a "guy I can count on, a guy who doesn't moan and complain about stuff."
Despite being injured and unable to play in the Big Ten Championship game, quarterback J.T. Barrett's outstanding regular season play garnered national attention. As just a redshirt freshman, he surpassed expectations with stats that also had him in the Heisman trophy talk.
Bosa, Bennett, and Barrett have earned and deserve their spots on the 2014 AP All-American team; without their contributions this season, Ohio State may not have as many wins or blow-outs as currently fill the season summary.