Braxton Miller, Five Other Buckeyes Make Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-Big Ten First Team

June 3, 2013 at 8:02a    by Jason Priestas    
Bradley Roby joins five other Buckeyes on Phil Steele's 2013 Preseason All-Big Ten First Team
Team Pos Name
1st QB Braxton Miller
1st G Andrew Norwell
1st T Jack Mewhort
1st LB Ryan Shazier
1st CB Bradley Roby
1st S Christian Bryant
2nd RB Carlos Hyde
2nd WR Devin Smith
2nd C Corey Linsley
2nd DE Adolphus Washington
2nd LB Curtis Grant
2nd S C.J. Barnett
3rd WR Philly Brown
3rd G Marcus Hall
3rd PR Philly Brown
4th DE Noah Spence
4th K Drew Basil

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.



jmoody's picture

Spence will make him pay for that.

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brandonbauer87's picture

I'm not sure about Devin Smith ahead of Philly. I'm not sure Devin has proved as much, and I don't think his ceiling is as high. 

tussey's picture

I'm assuming smith is higher than philly because smith has the home run threat potential on any given play.  Philly didn't really show that last year.  Smith had like half the receptions and almost as many yards last year.  I guess that is why they play the game, we will just have to wait until the fall to see if Mr. Steele is correct.

brandonbauer87's picture

I agree with your point. I just think that's only because its schematically made that way. Philly could be the home run threat but he's much better than Devin on screens and underneath routes. 

tussey's picture

True, you saying that makes me remember that it used to be philly that was the deep threat in the tressel/fickel years. 

bucknasty13's picture

The best part is that TTUN highest ranked guys aside from 1st team Lewan, are 2nd teamers, K Brendon Gibbons, P Dennis Norfleet and WR Jeremy Gallon.  Northwestern had 5 1st teamers!  
Of course these list mean nothing and TTUN will be stronger than this list implies but still kind of funny.

Goose's picture

Carlos Hyde should use this as motivation.  I think he's the best back in the B1G.

SaltyD0gg's picture

Carlos Hyde and Curtis Grant on the same pre-season list should tell you all you need to know about pre-season lists.

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Dayton Buckeye's picture

Curtis Grant 2nd??  I hope he is correct.  He definitely has the potential, but has a lot to prove. Spence 4th??  I think he will lead the big 10 in sacks this year.

kareemabduljacobb's picture

Okay, so how many of you went to his website and voted Bryant as the top retruning safety? lol.  I just did and he's winning at 14.8% of the vote. 

jarheadbuckeyefan's picture

How in the hell is Hyde behind Mark and Abdullah? Mark, maybe since he does returns if i remember, but no Carlos is not the #3 back in the conference.

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Dayton Buckeye's picture

Neither of our tight ends are on on the list.  I think both are deserving of at least 4th team.  That really jumped out at me. Meyer believes they are as good as he has ever had.  That puts them in pretty good company.

Russell438's picture

That makes 58 from the current 5 Teams (tOSU, Mich, Mich St, Penn St, Indiana) in the new East Division and 54 from the 7 West Division teams. I figure we may as well start the East/West division comparisons.