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Elflein, Samuel, Hooker Earn First Team AP All-America Honors

Pat Elflein, Curtis Samuel and Malik Hooker all earned first team All-America honors as announced by the Associated Press.

A trio of Ohio State football players were named first team All-American's by the Associated Press on Monday, second most of any school in the country, with Alabama earning four. 

Center Pat Elflein, safety Malik Hooker and H-back Curtis Samuel were all named first team All-American's by the AP, with Samuel earning the all-purpose honor on the offensive side of the ball. 

Elflein was named the Rimington Trophy winner Dec. 8 as the top center in college football while Hooker led the Big Ten in interceptions with six, three of which he returned for touchdowns. Samuel led the Big Ten in all-purpose yards with 128.8 per game.

The Buckeyes also placed three players on the AP second team as offensive guard Billy Price, linebacker Raekwon McMillan and punter Cameron Johnston earned All-American honors as well. McMillan finished the season with 87 total tackles, including a season high 16 in a 30-27 double-overtime victory over Michigan. Johnston was a finalist for the Ray Guy Award, but the honor ultimately went to Mitch Wishnowsky of Utah, who finished as the first team punter.  

Other notable names included a pair of Michigan defenders as Jabrill Peppers earned first team honors as a linebacker while cornerback Jourdan Lewis also earned first team honors for the Wolverines. 


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