Ohio State has placed four starters on the 2019 All-Big Ten First-Team defense.
Junior defensive end Chase Young, junior cornerback Jeff Okudah, and senior safety Jordan Fuller were named to both the coaches and media first team, while senior linebacker Malik Harrison was selected only be the coaches as a first-team honoree.
Amazingly, Young was not a unanimous selection by the Big Ten coaches. He was a unanimous selection by the media, and was the only unanimous selection this year.
Fifth-year senior cornerback Damon Arnette was a second-team selection by both the coaches and media.
Fifth-year senior nose tackle DaVon Hamilton and third-year sophomore cornerback Shaun Wade were named to the second team by both the coaches and media.
Junior kicker Blake Haubeil was named a third-team selection by the coaches and media.
Fifth-year senior defensive linemen Jashon Cornell and Robert Landers earned Honorable Mention accolades from both the coaches and media, as did junior linebackers Tuf Borland, Baron Browning, and Pete Werner. Fourth-year junior punter Drue Chrisman was also an honorable mention selection by both coaches and media.
All told, 10 Buckeye starters on defense earned some kind of mention, along with second-teamers Browning and Landers.
The only Buckeye starter on defense to not merit mention is the defensive end opposite Chase Young, which was essentially managed by a rotation of youngsters due to Jonathon Cooper’s injury.
Here is the 2019 All-Big Ten Defensive and Specialists team in full.
Josh Mettelus, the speedster who had 6 TDs over or through him during our latest version of The Game. Yes, he also was the guy JK dunked over.
Nobody on either D played a more important role in The Game’s outcome. Thought Mettelus had a decent shot at being OSU’s defensive player of the game. lol
Large in part these awards are either political or career tenure awards. As a football fan in general I know there is no way Chase cant be unanimous…but by that same token Fuller being 1st team is equally off.
Kudos to all! *When Shaun Wade is 3rd team by Media and Josh Metellus is also 3rd team, it speaks of an almost equal injustice to Chase Young not being unanimous by the coaches. Go Bucks!
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