The Big Ten conference released its all-defense teams for the 2017 season on Tuesday. And to the surprise of few, Ohio State players littered the list.
Between the coaches and media's three all-defensive teams, seven Buckeyes defenders found themselves honored this season. Leading the way were Ohio State defensive linemen Tyquan Lewis and Nick Bosa, who each earned first-team selections by both the coaches and media.
The reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the year, Lewis has put together an impressive final campaign in Columbus, tallying 5 sacks in his senior season. Bosa, meanwhile, has emerged as one of the nation's top defensive players as just a sophomore, recording 12.5 tackles for loss, including a team-best 6 sacks.
Joining Lewis and Bosa on the media's first-team All-Big Ten defense is Macedonia native Denzel Ward, who is widely regarded as one of the top cornerback prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft. In 12 games this season, Ward -- who was also named to the coaches' second-team -- has tallied 13 pass breakups, including an interception, in addition to blocking a crucial kick in the Buckeyes' comeback victory over Penn State.
Ohio State defensive end Sam Hubbard was named to both the coaches and media's second-teams, while defensive tackle and St. Ignatius product Dre'Mont Jones and safety Jordan Fuller made the coaches' third-team Safety Damon Webb received third-team honors from the media.
Also honored on Tuesday were Buckeyes kicker Sean Nuernberger and punter Drue Chrisman, who were each named to both the coaches' and media's third-teams. Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary product Parris Campbell, meanwhile, was named to the media's second-team and coaches' third-team as a return specialist.
You can find the entire All-Big Ten defensive team's on the conference's official website.