Ohio State Defensive End Joey Bosa Named Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year for Second Straight Season

By Eric Seger on November 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm
Joey Bosa earned top Big Ten defensive lineman honors for the second straight season Monday.

Joey Bosa's going to need a bigger trophy case.

Ohio State's All-American defensive end earned his second straight Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year Award Monday, the Big Ten announced.

The junior took home the same awards following his sophomore season in 2014, when he led the league with 13.5 sacks, and 21 tackles for loss. In 2015, Bosa's numbers aren't nearly as extravagant, but the junior's pure ability and strength is a nightmare for opposing offenses. He's faced double and sometimes triple teams all season long for the 11-1 Buckeyes.

Bosa tallied 47 tackles, a team-leading 16 tackles for loss, 14 quarterback hurries and 5.0 sacks in 11 regular season games for the Buckeyes. He sat out the season opener at Virginia Tech due to suspension.

Saturday against Michigan, Bosa finished with three tackles, a sack that knocked Wolverine quarterback out of the game and an interception of Rudock's replacement, Wilton Speight, of which he returned 28 yards.

He's widely considered to be the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, the best player on a unit that's allowed 14 points per game this season. His pure dominance allows for talened but inexperienced teammates like Sam Hubbard and Tyquan Lewis (combined 12.5 sacks) to make more plays with offenses keying on him.

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