Ohio State super senior defensive tackle Haskell Garrett has been selected to the All-Big Ten first-team on Nov. 30 as part of its first batch of postseason award announcements. He’s the lone Buckeye selected to the first-team league group on the defensive side of the ball after it struggled in getting off the field for much of the season. He joins Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, Penn State defensive end Arnold Ebiketie and Purdue defensive end George Karlaftis on the defensive line.
A 2020 first-team All-American by CBS Sports, Garrett saw his role decrease slightly with the Buckeyes this season and even fell out of the starting lineup near the end of the season, but still racked up 22 tackles, including seven behind the line with 5 1/2 sacks. Both of those marks are team-high totals.
Garrett made news early in the week when he issued a public apology for Ohio State’s loss to Michigan on Nov. 27, 42-27.
“To Buckeye Nation, I want to take this moment to apologize for a failed mission,” Garrett wrote in his message. “As a defensive leader, I did not uphold the standard that was set before me in that game. Thank you all for sticking with us during a winter’s cold yesterday. May the rivalry clock reset. Go Bucks.”
The Buckeye defense placed a pair on the coaches’ list of second-teamers in defensive lineman Tyreke Smith and safety Ronnie Hickman, and a third on the third-team in end Zach Harrison, along with cornerback Denzel Burke. The media grouping flipped Smith and Hickman with Harrison but did not select the freshman cornerback. Cornerbacks Sevyn Banks and Cam Brown, defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson and returner Emeka Egbuka were named honorable mentions by coaches and media while Burke, linebackers Steele Chambers and Tommy Eichenberg, safety Bryson Shaw and defensive tackles Taron Vincent and Tyleik Williams earned it just from the media.
Ohio State was without a defensive award winner. Offensive awards will be announced on Wednesday and are expected to heavily feature the Buckeyes.