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Big Ten releases annual defensive awards, Joey Bosa captures 3 for Ohio State

OSU junior defensive end Joey Bosa (97) runs with the football after intercepting a pass in a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor

OSU junior defensive end Joey Bosa (97) runs with the football after intercepting a pass in a game against Michigan on Nov. 28 at Michigan Stadium. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Muyao Shen | Assistant Photo Editor

The Big Ten conference announced its annual defensive awards for the 2015 season on Monday night, and multiple members of the Ohio State football team appeared on the list.

Headlining the honors was junior defensive end Joey Bosa, who was named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year.

Bosa, who also won the award in 2014, might not have had the same eye-popping numbers he did last year, but he still put together another disruptive campaign, terrorizing opposing offenses all season long.

The Fort Lauderdale, Florida, native racked up 47 total tackles, 16 of which were for a loss, while tallying five sacks. Bosa also was responsible for 14 quarterback pressures, a forced fumble and an interception, which came on Saturday against Michigan.

To go along with his hardware, Bosa was also named to the all-Big Ten first-team defense by both the coaches and media. It is also his second straight season garnering those honors.

Joining Bosa on the all-Big Ten first-team defense as voted on by the coaches is senior linebacker Joshua Perry.

On the season, Perry has the second-most tackles on the team with 98, 7.5 of which were for a loss. The co-captain, who was named to the conference’s second-team in 2014, also has three pass breakups and four quarterback hurries.

Two different Buckeyes join Bosa on the media’s all-Big Ten first-team defense: junior safety Vonn Bell and sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan.

Bell anchors an OSU secondary that is 12th in the nation for passing yards allowed, surrendering just 176 per game. The 5-foot-11 Bell is fourth on the team in total tackles with 63, while also intercepting two passes this season, returning one for a score. The Georgia native also recovered a fumble and returned it for a touchdown against Hawaii in Week 2.

Alongside Bell on the media’s first team is fellow Georgian and team-leader in total tackles with 114, McMillan. The true sophomore has been one of the OSU defense’s most consistent players all season long, evidenced by the fact he has not recorded fewer than five tackles in any game.

McMillan also has 1.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries and one recovered fumble.

Following the four Buckeyes on the first teams, senior defensive tackle Adolphus Washington was named to the all-Big Ten second-team by both the coaches and media. A pair of redshirt sophomores, linebacker Darron Lee and cornerback Eli Apple, joined Washington on the coaches’ second team.

Capping off the honors from Monday night is junior punter Cameron Johnston, who was named to the conference’s second team by both the coaches and media. The Geelong, Australia, native is second in the conference in punting average with 44.1 yards per kick.

A few more Buckeyes are likely to receive all-conference honors on Tuesday night, as the Big Ten is scheduled to announce the winners of the offensive awards at 6 p.m. 

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