When Phil Steele speaks, college football fans tend to listen. The man behind the bible for gridiron nuts released his 2013 Preseason All-Big Ten teams Monday and six Buckeyes make Steele's first team.
Braxton Miller, the reigning Big Ten Player of the Year, gets the nod over Nebraska's Taylor Martinez at quarterback, while guard Andrew Norwell, tackle Jack Mewhort, linebacker Ryan Shazier, corner Bradley Roby and safety Christian Bryant join Miller as Buckeyes on Steel's first team.
Named to the second team were running back Carlos Hyde, wide receiver Devin Smith, cener Corey Linsley, defensive end Adolphus Washington, safety C.J. Barnett and, in a bit of a surprise, linebacker Curtis Grant. Steele obviously expects big things from Grant, who to this point, has been unable to hold onto a starting spot on Ohio State's roster despite arriving as one of the nation's best prep linebackers.
Wide receiver Corey Brown and guard Marcus Hall make Steele's third team, while defensive end Noah Spence and kicker Drew Basil round things out on the fourth team. Big things are expected from Washington and Spence, but Spence received more pub during spring ball, so Steele's choice of Washington for the second team, but Spence for the fourth team, may also be read as curious.