A trio of Buckeyes were named All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America on Friday.
Marvin Harrison Jr. and Paris Johnson Jr. were named as first-team selections, while Tommy Eichenberg received second-team recognition from the organization of college football media members.
Harrison has been a first-team All-American by every major outlet to reveal their picks so far this season, including Pro Football Focus, CBS Sports, The Athletic, Bleacher Report and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. He earns that recognition – and his tree in distinguished Buckeye Grove – after catching 72 passes for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns.
With the Peach Bowl still in front of him, the first-team All-Big Ten honoree and the Big Ten Receiver of the Year winner already ranks within the top six for a single season in Ohio State history and will have a chance to improve those numbers on Dec. 31 against the Bulldogs.
Johnson, who also earned first-team All-American honors from The Athletic, Bleacher Report and Walter Camp, established himself as one of college football’s best left tackles as he allowed only one sack during the 2022 season, per PFF. The award from the FWAA marks his sixth All-American accolade overall, as he also received second-team recognition from CBS Sports and was named as an honorable mention by PFF.
The third-year Buckeye took to Twitter on Thursday after the announcement of the Walter Camp All-America teams to show his appreciation for the elite accolades, saying he always wanted to see his name placed in the green trees of Lincoln Tower Park.
Ive always wanted to get a tree in Buckeye Grove All Glory to God!— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) December 9, 2022
Eichenberg, who previously was named a first-team All-American by PFF and Bleacher Report and received second-team recognition from Walter Camp Football and CBS Sports, added his fifth All-American accolade overall when the FWAA presented him with yet another second-team award.
The fourth-year linebacker emerged as the leader and star of Ohio State’s defense during the 2022 regular season, recording 112 total tackles with 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, three pass breakups and a pick-six.
Three All-American teams remain that will be used to determine consensus All-Americans are those that will be released over the next week by the Associated Press (Monday), Sporting News (Tuesday) and the American Football Coaches Association (Wednesday). By making the Walter Camp and FWAA first teams, Harrison and Johnson are each in line to be consensus All-Americans if they make just one of those three teams (and unanimous All-Americans if they make all three of them).
As it stands, four Buckeyes are in line to receive trees in Buckeye Grove as first-team All-Americans this year: Harrison, Johnson, Eichenberg and Dawand Jones, who received first-team All-American honors from PFF and CBS Sports.
The complete list of All-American honors Ohio State players have received so far:
- C.J. Stroud: Walter Camp Football Foundation, CBS Sports (second team)
- Marvin Harrison Jr.: Walter Camp Football Foundation, PFF, CBS Sports, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, FWAA (first team)
- Emeka Egbuka: PFF (third team)
- Paris Johnson Jr.: Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Athletic, Bleacher Report, FWAA (first team); CBS Sports (second team); PFF (honorable mention)
- Dawand Jones: PFF and CBS Sports (first team)
- Luke Wypler: PFF (third team)
- Tommy Eichenberg: PFF, Bleacher Report (first team); Walter Camp Football Foundation, CBS Sports, FWAA (second team)
- Ronnie Hickman: PFF (second team)