Dec. 10, 2015
|Taylor Decker, Vonn Bell, and Joey Bosa|
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The nation’s oldest college football All-America football team, the Walter Camp All-America team, has been announced and two Buckeyes were named to its first team: senior offensive tackle Taylor Decker and junior defensive end Joey Bosa.
Those two Buckeyes have also been named to the All-American first-teams released recently by CBS Sports and SI.com (Sports Illustrated). Junior safety Vonn Bell joined the duo as a first-team All-American on SI.com’s team.
Bosa is a repeat first-team Walter Camp All-American as he was a unanimous All-American last season after his outstanding sophomore campaign. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was at his disruptive best this season with 47 tackles, 16.0 tackles-for-loss (-60), five quarterback sacks, four pass break-ups, 14 QB pressures and an interception and forced fumble. He was named the Big Ten’s Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year for the second consecutive year.
Decker is a team co-captain and a force along an Ohio State offensive line the past three years (41 consecutive starts), including this year when Ohio State averaged 241.9 rushing yards per game to rank 12th nationally and first in the Big Ten. Decker is the Big Ten’s 2015 Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year and a unanimous first-team all-conference pick by the conference coaches.
Bell, from Rossville, Ga., joined Jeremy Cash, from Duke, as the SI.com All-America safeties. Bell leads the Buckeyes with 11 passes defended including two interceptions and with two defensive touchdowns. He is fourth on the team this season with 63 tackles, including 41 solo stops, and he was named first-team all-Big Ten Conference this season.
Five earn second-Team All-America honors
A total of five more Buckeyes have been named to various second-team All-America squads, including standout running back Ezekiel Elliott to the SI.com second team after leading the Big Ten in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards and ranking No. 4 nationally in rushing yards and tied for second in rushing TDs. He is from St. Louis.
Pat Elflein, the fourth-year junior offensive guard from Pickerington, also was named to the SI.com second All-America team. Elflein is a two-time all-Big Ten Conference selection (first-team).
And three more Buckeye defensive performers – sophomore linebackers Raekwon McMillan and Darron Lee and senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington – were named second team All-Americans. McMillan, from Hinesville, Ga., who finished third in the Butkus Award voting and was a first-team all-Big Ten linebacker after a 114-tackle season, was named to the Walter Camp second-team All-America squad.
Lee, the third-year performer from New Albany, was named to SI.com’s All-America second team after his 59-tackle season that included 9.0 tackles-for-loss, six quarterback hurries and an interception.
And Washington, a second-team all-Big Ten lineman after a senior campaign that featured 49 tackles, seven TFLs including four sacks, a pick-six interception and four quarterback hurries, was named to the CBS Sports All-America second team.
Honorable mention All-America honors by SI.com went to senior linebacker and co-captain Joshua Perry (Galena, Ohio) and junior punter Cameron Johnston (Geelong, Australia). Perry is second on the team in tackles with 98 and is a finalist for the Lott IMPACT Trophy. Johnston ranked 22n nationally and second in the Big Ten with a 44.1 punting average.