Wyatt Davis needed just one season as a starter to establish himself as one of the Big Ten's best offensive linemen of the last decade.
After earning All-American honors in his first season as Ohio State's starting right guard last year, Davis was named Tuesday as one of five offensive linemen on BTN's All-Decade team of the 2010s, becoming the first player on the team who will still be playing college football in the 2020s.
The first active @B1Gfootball player has been named to the #BTNAllDecade team @OhioStateFB's @wyattdavis53 has protected @justnfields and @dh_simba7 and paved the way for @Jkdobbins22, and now he's officially one of the Top OLs of the 2010s.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) June 30, 2020
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“I was so excited when I got the news,” Davis said Tuesday during an interview with BTN. “I still gotta finish strong, but it's definitely something nice to look back on.”
"I'm at a loss for words, and I was so excited when I got the news."@OhioStateFB star @wyattdavis53 joins @BTNDaveRevsine to chat about his #BTNAllDecade nod.— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) June 30, 2020
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Going into the 2020 season, Davis is widely considered to be the best guard in college football. Although he likely would have been an early-round selection if he entered the 2020 NFL draft, Davis chose to stay at Ohio State for his redshirt junior season, in which he will lead the Buckeyes' offensive line alongside fellow returning starters Josh Myers and Thayer Munford.
While the Big Ten has not yet announced the entirety of its All-Decade team – the selections are being rolled out over the course of the week – Revsine told Davis that he is the only non-specialist who is still playing Big Ten football to make the All-Decade roster.
Davis was one of two Ohio State offensive linemen named to BTN's All-Decade team, which is being voted on by a panel that includes former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer and former Buckeye players Stanley Jackson, James Laurinaitis and Joshua Perry, among others.
"I think he's one of the best players in the nation."@JLaurinaitis55 and other voters explain why @OhioStateFB star @wyattdavis53 earned #BTNAllDecade honors.— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) June 30, 2020
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Former Ohio State center/guard Billy Price, a four-year starter for the Buckeyes from 2014-17, was also named to the All-Decade team on Tuesday.
Back-to-back @OhioStateFB Buckeyes on the #BTNAllDecade Offensive Line @CoachUrbanMeyer calls @b_price53 "one of the toughest guys he's ever been around", and now the @Bengals OL can add an All-Decade designation to his resume.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) June 30, 2020
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Price started a school-record 55 consecutive games for the Buckeyes, starting at left guard for the 2014 national championship team and again in 2015 before moving to right guard in 2016 and center in 2017. He earned first-team All-American honors in each of his final two seasons, also earning the Rimington Trophy as college football's best center and the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year award in his senior season.
Former Ohio State offensive linemen Pat Elflein and Taylor Decker both received second-team All-Decade recognition from BTN.
Davis and Price were the first Buckeyes to be named to the All-Decade first team. Ezekiel Elliott was named as a second-team All-Decade selection at running back, behind Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor and Penn State's Saquon Barkley, while Ryan Shazier was named as a second-team selection at linebacker, behind Michigan's Devin Bush, Iowa's Josey Jewell and Wisconsin's Chris Borland.
BTN is set to announce its All-Decade tight ends and defensive backs on Wednesday, wide receivers and defensive linemen on Thursday and quarterbacks, specialists and head coach on Friday.