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When it comes to All-America honors, the big five selectors are the Associated Press, American Football Coaches Association, Football Writers Association of America, Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Being chosen in three of the five makes a college football player a consensus All-American.
Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa has done one better as he is now officially a unanimous first-team All-American as of the evening of Dec. 17. He was chosen as a first-team pick by Walter Camp, the original selector of the honor, on Dec. 11 as well as the Associated Press on Dec. 16 and the AFCA, FWAA and Sporting News on the 17th. Bosa is OSU's first consensus All-American since Malcolm Jenkins and James Laurinaitis in 2008.
Bosa's honors this year have been many. He is already the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year thanks to 50 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 13.5 sacks, a mark that is a half-sack away from OSU's single-season record. Bosa has added four forced fumbles as well as a fumble return for a touchdown against Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game, and he had a walkoff sack vs. Penn State. He was a finalist for the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player and the Lombardi Award as well as the nation's best lineman.
So far, the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas product has also received first-team honors from Scout, USA Today and CBS Sports.
Michael Bennett has also been given first-team All-America honors by CBS, second-team All-America honors by the Sporting News as well as third-team honors by the AP. Bennett had 36 tackles on the season along with 12.5 TFL, six sacks and three forced fumbles and was at his best as the season neared the end with dominating play at Michigan State and in the Big Ten title game vs. Wisconsin.
Redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, already a Scout Freshman All-American, was named a second-team choice by the Sporting News and a third-team choice by the AP as well. The fifth-place finisher in the Heisman voting, Barrett accounted for a Big Ten-record 45 touchdowns this season and set an OSU record with 34 passing TDs and 3,772 yards of total offense in 12 starts.