Wilson, Petit-Frere, Ruggles Named First-Team All-Americans

By December 10, 2021 (6:00 pm)Football

Ohio State wide receiver Garrett Wilson, left tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere and kicker Noah Ruggles have each been honored as 2021 All-Americans. Wilson and Petit-Frere were named to the Football Writers Association of America, and Ruggles was named an All-American by ESPN.

Wilson hauled in 70 catches for 1,058 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season, and was also honored with first-team All-America recognition by The Athletic.

Petit-Frere, who was also named an All-American by CBS Sports, was one of the leader’s on Ohio State’s offensive line that helped shape one of the top offenses in the nation. The Buckeyes are No. 1 in the nation in total offense with 551.4 yards per game and scoring offense with 45.5 points per game, as well as No. 5 in passing offense with 364.9 yards per game.

Though no official announcement has been made, both Wilson and Petit-Frere are expected to forgo their senior seasons and enter into the 2022 NFL Draft.

Ruggles, a senior transfer from North Carolina who is in his first season with the Buckeyes, was named a first-team All-American by ESPN. He led the nation in kick scoring this season with 122 points, No. 3 overall. He missed just one kick all season, driving through 18 of 19 field goals and hitting on all 68 of his extra point attempts.

Other Buckeyes have been honored so far as second-team All-Americans, including wide receiver Chris Olave (Walter Camp, CBS Sports and Pro Football Network), offensive lineman Thayer Munford (CBS Sports) and wide receiver Jaxon Smith Njigba (Pro Football Network). 

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