Dec. 16, 2014

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Four Ohio State Buckeyes – QB J.T. Barrett, LB Darron Lee, LB Raekwon McMillan and CB Eli Apple – have been named Freshman All-Americans by one or more media outlets … so far.

That quartet of players also join three classmates – HB Jalin Marshall, RB Curtis Samuel and OG Billy Price – on ESPN’s All-Big Ten freshman team, which was released Monday.

Barrett, 11-1 as Ohio State’s starting quarterback before suffering a season-ending injury against Michigan, placed fifth in Heisman Trophy voting after finishing his debut campaign with school record totals of 3,772 total yards and 45 touchdowns responsible for. The Wichita Falls, Texas, product passed for 2,834 yards and a school-record 34 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 938 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has been named a freshman All-American by USA Today and

Lee, also a USA Today and freshman All-American, recorded 66 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions and two game-changing fumble recoveries, both of which he returned for touchdowns in wins over Navy and Michigan. The redshirt freshman from New Albany, Ohio, solidified the linebacker corps for OSU after sitting out the 2013 campaign with a medical redshirt.

McMillan posted 49 tackles and 2.5 sacks in a reserve role. He memorably returned an interception for a touchdown in Ohio State’s win at Maryland. McMillen, a native of Hinesville, Ga., has earned freshman All-America status on’s True Freshman All-America team, and from 247Sports.

Apple, named on’s team, had a fine rookie season as a defensive back for the Scarlet and Gray, totaling 41 tackles on the year – 5.5 for loss – and two interceptions. The Voorhees, N.J., product was responsible for seven pass breakups and also forced and recovered a fumble for the Buckeyes.

Marshall emerged as one of the Buckeyes’ top playmakers. He totaled 820 all-purpose yards on the year as a punt/kickoff returner and hybrid running back-wide receiver. The Middletown, Ohio, native scored eight touchdowns for the Scarlet and Gray, including a notable four-touchdown outburst against Indiana.

Samuel added tremendous depth to Ohio State’s stable of running backs, rushing for 385 yards and six scores. Samuel, from Brooklyn, N.Y., averaged 6.7 yards per carry.

Price started all 13 games at guard, helping the Buckeye rushing attack to 34 touchdowns on the year and an average of 261 yards per game. A native of Austintown, Ohio, Price was one of 12 Buckeyes to earn Academic All-Big Ten honors for the 2014 season.