Denzel Ward, Billy Price Named First-Team Walter Camp All-Americans

Denzel Ward Ohio State Football Buckeyes


[From an Ohio State release.]

Billy Price and Denzel Ward First Team All-Americans

Nick Bosa earns Walter Camp second team honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio – A trio of Ohio State football players earned All-America honors on Thursday, headlined by Billy Price and Denzel Ward, who were first team choices by Walter Camp. Nick Bosa was a second team Walter Camp All-American. Price added first team All-American honors from Sports Illustrated.

A four-year starting offensive lineman for the Buckeyes who converted to center this season after three seasons as a guard, Price has been a dominant performer for the No. 5 ranked Buckeyes, the champions of the Big Ten Conference and who will meet No. 8 USC in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Dec. 29.

The Rimington Trophy winner and Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year leads an offensive line that has powered the Buckeyes to national rankings of No. 6 in total offense, No. 5 in scoring, No. 15 rushing, No. 28 in passing, No. 1 in first downs and No. 5 in third down percentage.

Ward, a first team All-Big Ten performer, had 17 passes defended – third most in the conference. He had three in last Saturday’s 27-21 victory against No. 4 Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game, including a key first-quarter interception in the red zone. Ward has also contributed 37 tackles and a pair of key specials teams plays – a blocked punt that started a second-half rally against Penn State and a blocked extra point against Michigan.

Bosa, a sophomore from Fort Lauderdale, Fla, leads the Buckeyes and ranks seventh in the Big Ten with 14.5 tackles-for-loss, totaling 64 yards, and he also leads the team in quarterback sacks with seven. He ranks second among the team’s defensive linemen with 28 tackles on the season. Bosa had four tackles, two TFLs and a sack as part of a Buckeye defense that limited Big Ten Freshman of the Year Jonathan Taylor to just 42 yards on 15 carries, over 100 yards below his average.

The Walter Camp All-America team is the nation’s oldest All-America team. In all, 33 different schools from nine conferences (including independents) were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams.


2 Responses

  1. Congrats to all 3 very well deserved. Denzel Ward played well all season for us and improved as the season went on. I think he had our best hit of the year on defense and of course idiot Big 10 Refs kick him out of the game. They did not throw at him much but when they did he made big plays for us. Was hoping we will get him back next year, but everyone seems to be onto him so I think we lose yet another DB early to the NFL.

    I know we get new talent in every year and we coach them up, but man this hurts every year.

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