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Chase Young, Jeff Okudah named unanimous All-Americans
The awards just keep coming for Ohio State. The latest prestigious honor came to two individual Buckeyes, as Chase Young and Jeff Okudah were both named All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America on Thursday, giving them the distinction of unanimous All-America performers.
Young led the Buckeyes with 16.5 sacks this season and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. He was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Nagurski Award given to the country’s best defensive player. Okudah should have probably won the Thorpe Award for the nation’s top defensive back, but that instead went to LSU’s Grant Delpit.
Okudah and Young will both earn a tree in Buckeye Grove, alongside the other All-Americans in program history.
Clark Phillips chooses Utah over Ohio State
After celebrating a huge recruiting haul Wednesday, Ohio State received some bad news on the recruiting trail Thursday when 4-star cornerback Clark Phillips (La Habra, Calif.) chose Utah over the Buckeyes.
Phillips committed to Ohio State in June and was recruited by defensive backs coach Jef Hafley. But after Hafley was named the next head coach at Boston College last week, Phillips took a last-minute visit to Salt Lake City, and the Utes used that trip to help them win the battle and flip the talented defensive back.
What does that mean for the Buckeyes moving forward? Lettermen Row recruiting expert Birm has more:
Though heâ€™s just 5-foot-10, Phillips was already being counted on by Ohio State for some big minutes in 2020 and beyond. An early-enrollee, Phillips was one of the three defensive backs who Ryan Day and the Buckeyes were eager to get on campus as soon as possible in order to replace what is likely to be a complete refresh with departing seniors Jordan Fuller and Damon Arnette leaving for the NFL and juniors Jeff Okudah and Shaun Wade expected to do the same.
Combine those four departing players with the fact that defensive backs Isaiah Pryor andÂ Brendon WhiteÂ have left the program via transfer, and you can see why Ohio State has recruited the secondary so aggressively in the 2020 recruiting cycle. He was positioned nicely to compete for a starting role in the Buckeyes defensive backfield as early as next season.
For the full scoop on what Phillips decision means for Ohio State moving forward, check out the breakdown here.
BuckIQ breaks down tight ends’ success
The debate is still alive and well.
Who had the best catch between Jeremy Ruckert’s one-handed snag in the Big Ten title game and Luke Farrell’s in the back of the end zone at Rutgers? Ruckert’s catch came at a huge moment for the Buckeyes, but Farrell had a defender draped on him, and it was a contested catch.
The duo of talented tight ends can debate that all they want, but they are finding ways to change games for Ohio State in the meantime, and they’ll likely play a pivotal role in the College Football Playoff next weekend against Clemson.
What makes Luke Farrell and Jeremy Ruckert so valuable to the Ohio State offense? Who had the better one-handed touchdown catch for the Buckeyes? How much more could Ohio State use the tight ends during the College Football Playoff? Former Ohio State tight end Jake Stoneburner was back in the Lettermen Row film lab with senior writer Austin Ward looking at the highlights for those two guys and answering those questions in the latest episode of BuckIQ.
Roll the tape!
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