COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Walter Camp Football Foundation named five Ohio State Buckeyes to its All-America teams today, led by first-team selections DE Chase Young and CB Jeff Okudah. RB J.K. Dobbins, RG Wyatt Davis and QB Justin Fields made the second team.
The Walter Camp All-America team is the nation’s oldest All-America team. In all, 32 different schools from eight conferences (including independents) were represented on the All-America First and Second Teams. Overall, the Big Ten had the most honorees (15), followed by the SEC (13) and Pac-12 (7).
Young and Okudah are Ohio State’s 19th and 20th first-team All-America selections since 2012. Ohio State’s five selections were the most of any school in the country.
The Big Ten’s Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year, Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist, Young leads the nation is sacks (16.5), sacks per game (1.50), sack yards (117) and tackles-for-loss per game (1.91). His 21.0 total TFLs ranks fourth while is 129 total TFL yards and six forced fumbles are second.
Okudah, from Grand Prairie, Texas, is a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top cornerback and has been key in helping the Buckeyes have the nation’s No. 2-ranked pass defense (148.1 yards allowed/game). He’s tied for fifth in the Big Ten with 10 passes defended and his three interceptions is second most in the conference. Okudah also had 30 tackles (25 solo) and a pair of forced fumbles.
Dobbins is having one of the greatest statistical years in the long and storied history of running backs at Ohio State. His 1,829 rushing yards ranks third-most in single-season history, just 98 yards shy of Eddie George’s record in 1995. Earlier this year, Dobbins became just the second player in program history to top 4,000 career rushing yards and currently ranks third nationally in yards, fifth in touchdowns (20) and 10th in yards per carry (6.5).
Key to opening holes for Dobbins has been Davis, who is in his first full year as a starter along the Buckeyes’ offensive line. A native of Bellflower, Calif., Davis was a first-team All-Big Ten selection and his play has helped Ohio State produce the nation’s fifth-ranked rushing offense (272.2 yards/game) and No. 1 scoring offense (48.7 points/game).
Directing that offense has been Fields, a first-year starter at quarterback who, along with Young, is also a Heisman Trophy finalist. The Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year in the Big Ten, Fields has accounted for 50 touchdowns (40 passing, 10 rushing). His 40:1 touchdown to interception ratio is the best in the country.
Six Buckeyes on CBS Sports All-America Teams
The 2019 CBS Sports All-America teams were unveiled on Wednesday and they also had a strong Buckeye representation. Young and Okudah were unanimous first-team selections and they were joined on the first team by Davis. Ohio State’s second team selections were Fields and SAF Jordan Fuller. Fuller in the Buckeyes’ third-leading tackler this season with 57 stops and is also a CoSIDA Academic All-American. Ohio State’s six total selections were the most of any school.
2019 Ohio State All-America Tracker
Walter Camp Football Foundation: Chase Young (first team), Jeff Okudah (first team), Wyatt Davis (second team), Justin Fields (second team), J.K. Dobbins (second team)
CBS Sports: Chase Young (first team), Jeff Okudah (first team), Wyatt Davis (first team), Justin Fields (second team), Jordan Fuller (second team).