Former Ohio State Defensive Ends Joey Bosa, Chase Young Named To Big Ten Network’s All-Decade First Team

By July 2, 2020 (2:00 pm)Football
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Former Ohio State defensive ends Nick Bosa and Chase Young were named to the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade first team on Thursday afternoon.

A four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas, Bosa recorded 148 tackles, 51 tackles for loss, 26 sacks, five forced fumbles and one interception during his three-year career with the Buckeyes (2013-15). He was a two-time consensus All-American (2014-15), two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year (2014-15), two time first-team All-Big Ten (2014-15) and the Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year (2014).

Bosa, who also helped Ohio State to a win over Oregon in the inaugural College Football Playoff national championship, was the No. 3 overall pick of the then-San Diego Chargers the 2016 NFL Draft. He was named the Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year and has been selected to two Pro Bowls (2017, 2019).

Young, meanwhile, came to Ohio State even more highly regarded as a five-star prospect from Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic. He set the Buckeyes’ single-season sack record with a nation-best 16 1/2 sacks in 12 games last fall and became the first defensive player since Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o in 2012 to earn a trip to New York City as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy.

Though he finished fourth in the Heisman vote, Young won other national awards, such as the Chuck Bednarik Award and Bronko Nagurski Trophy, both of which are given annually to the nation’s bet defensive player, and the Ted Hendricks Award, given annually to the best defensive end in the country. He was also a consensus All-American, the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football winner, which honors the conference’s best player as voted on by coaches.

Young – who finished his three-year college career (2017-19) with 99 total tackles, 42 1/2 tackles for loss and 30 1/2 sacks – was taken by the Washington Redskins with the No. 2 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft. He was the only unanimous selection on the Big Ten Network’s All-Decade team.

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