COLUMBUS – Two more Ohio State Buckeyes have earned first-team All-America recognition this week: WR Chris Olave and OL Thayer Munford. The two seniors, both of whom are team captains, were honored on the prestigious American Football Coaches Association team and they join WR Garrett Wilson, OT Nicholas Petit-Frere and K Noah Ruggles as first-team All-American Buckeyes in 2021.
Olave, from San Ysidro, Calif., and Mission Hills H.S., set the Ohio State career record for receiving touchdowns with 35 this season. The two-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer had personal bests in receptions (65), yards (936) and touchdowns (13).
Munford, from Cincinnati and powerful La Salle H.S., and who spent his senior season at Massillon Washington, was a foundation on the offensive line for the best offense in the nation this year. Ohio State ranks No. 1 nationally in total offense (551.4 yards per game) and scoring offense (45.5 ppg), and No. 5 in passing offense (364.9 ypg). Munford has started 44 games in his career and played in 56 over his career.
Ohio State had a total of 13 players honored as an All-American performer this year, including second- and third-team players and five freshmen All-Americans.
All Ohio State All-American Honors – 2021
Key – AP – Associated Press; AFCA – American Football Coaches Association; FWAA – Football Writers Association of America