Dec. 13, 2013

COLUMBUS, Ohio – True freshman defensive lineman Joey Bosa, from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and St. Thomas Aquinas High School, has been named a freshman All-American today by two organizations: The Sporting News and College Football News.

Bosa, a physical and talented performer who has started nine times this season, has registered 39 tackles for the Buckeyes including 12.5 tackles-for-losses totaling 62 yards. He ranks third on the team in TFLs and quarterback sacks (6.5), and he boasts a team-high total of six quarterback hurries. He is tied for sixth in the Big Ten in sacks and he ranks 11th in TFLs.

Named the Big Ten freshman of the week after his two-quarterback sack (-14 yards) game vs. Northwestern that included his recovering a fumble in the end zone, Bosa capped the regular season with two TFLs, including a quarterback sack, and three quarterback pressures in the loss to Michigan State in the Big Ten championship game.

Bosa, named honorable mention all-Big Ten Conference, will enter the Discover Orange Bowl with a tackle for loss in five consecutive games (8.5 total TFLs in that time; -44 yards) and with at least one quarterback sack in four consecutive games.

Johnston Second-Team
Punter Cameron Johnston, who is tied with Cody Webster of Purdue for the Big Ten lead in punting average (43.5), was named a second-team freshman All-American by College Football News. The freshman from Geelong, Australia, leads the nation in percentage of punts downed inside the 20 at 63.6 percent (28 of 44) and he is second nationally with 29.5 percent of his punts downed inside the 10 (13 of 44).

One-half of Johnston’s 44 punts have been fair caught. Ohio State, as a team, ranks 11th nationally in net punting with an average of 40.0.