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Defensive end Tyquan Lewis to return to Ohio State for senior season

The Big Ten’s 2016 Defensive Lineman of the Year isn’t going anywhere.

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Tyquan Lewis has led Ohio State in sacks for two straight seasons. The junior defensive end will attempt to make it three in a row in 2017, as he will return for one final season in Columbus, per ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg.

Lewis, the 2016 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year and a two-year starter, paced the Buckeyes in sacks (eight) and tackles for loss (10.5) this season. As a sophomore, Lewis posted a team-best eight sacks and was second to Joey Bosa with 14 tackles for loss.

The North Carolina native developed a knack for the limelight in 2016. He registered the walk-off sack in Ohio State’s overtime win at Wisconsin, and at Michigan State, Lewis tallied a forced fumble and 1.5 sacks, including a sack on the Spartans’ potential game-winning drive. He was a big reason the Buckeyes defense finished their season ranked second in the country in scoring defense, third in defensive S&P+, and fifth in total defense.

A former four-star recruit who recently graduated with a sociology degree, Lewis redshirted the 2013 season before seeing action in all 15 contests during Ohio State’s national title run in 2014.