Ohio State Overview: Nick Bosa, the 2017 Big Ten Conference Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year and an American Football Coaches Association first-team All-American, is poised to be one of the top defensive players in all of college football during the 2018 season … he is coming off a season in which he led the Buckeyes in tackles-for-loss (16.0) and TFL yardage (74) with another team-high in quarterback sacks with 8.0 … he was second in the Big Ten in both TFLs and sacks … remarkably and outstandingly consistent, he was named a game “champion” by the Ohio State coaches for his efforts in all 12 wins last year, the only defensive player to achieve the feat … he was the team’s defensive player of the game twice: vs. UNLV and Penn State … he was part of a quartet of terrific, rotating defensive ends last year that combined for 42 tackles-for-loss and 24 quarterback sacks, with only eight defensive snaps separating them (Tyquan Lewis led with 534 and was followed by Sam Hubbard with 531, Jalyn Holmes with 527 and Bosa with 526) … Bosa was second on the team as a true freshman in 2016 with 5.0 quarterback sacks and he enters the 2018 season with career totals of 23 TFLs for 110 yards in losses and 13.5 quarterback sacks … he has played in all 27 games the past two seasons and has started seven times … he is an Academic All-Big Ten Conference honoree and a two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete majoring in communications.
Notable Note: Bosa is the fourth consecutive Ohio State defensive end to be named the Big Ten Conference’s Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year, following in the trail blazed by his brother, Joey, in 2014 and 2015, and Tyquan Lewis in 2016.
Honors & Awards
2017: All-American (AFCA), Big Ten’s Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year; All-Big Ten Conference (Coaches & Media), Academic All-Big Ten, OSU Scholar-Athlete
2016: Freshman All-American (ESPN), OSU Scholar-Athlete
More on Nick: Nick Bosa was a consensus 5-star prospect in his recruiting class with ESPN ranking him No. 3 overall on its 300, Scout ranking him No. 5 and 247Sports No. 8 … also a near-unanimous No. 1 defensive end prospect with ESPN, Scout and 247Sports ranking him No. 1, and Rivals ranking him No. 2 at the strong side end position … Bosa was first-team 7A all-state as a sophomore and junior and certainly would have been as a senior had he not been injured in game No. 8 and missed the rest of the season … a four-year starter for Aquinas teams that won 7A state championships in 2012 and 2014 under Rocco Casullo and in 2015 under Roger Harriott … recorded 56 tackles, 29.5 tackles-for-loss and five quarterback sacks as a junior in 2014 and had 21, 13.5 and five, respectively, before his injury in 2015 … an Under Armour All-American … is the brother of Ohio State’s two-time consensus All-American and two-time Big Ten defensive lineman of the year Joey Bosa, the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by San Diego …. parents are Cheryl and John Bosa … father was a first-round NFL Draft pick out of Boston College in 1987 by the Miami Dolphins and played three years in the league … uncle, Erik Kumerow, was Ohio State captain in 1987, a two-time all-Big Ten performer and a 1988 NFL first-round draft pick.