2007 All-Buckeye Beater Offense

The All-Buckeye Beater Team is back on BuckeyeSports.com. All season we tracked those players who gave the Buckeyes the most fits. We also checked up with some of the players themselves to see who they remembered working them over better than the rest. We start today with the offense.

If Ohio State is celebrating a football Big Ten championship, it must be time to select the All-Buckeye Beater team.

Sure, you have seen the All-Big Ten teams from both the media and coaches, but that takes into account a player's performance over the course of a season.

We know our readers live in a more Buckeye-centric world, so for the second year in a row BuckeyeSports.com has conjured up a squad composed of players honored solely for their performance against Ohio State in 2007.

We begin with the offense, a squad not so easy to pick when considering Ohio State ranked No. 1 in the nation in total defense during the regular season.

Particularly difficult was picking standout quarterbacks and wide receivers as the Buckeyes finished with the nation's top passing defense both in terms of yards allowed and efficiency.

Fortunately we are a bit old school here, so we have no problem going with an old-fashioned offensive set.

That means the starting lineup consists of two running backs and a fullback along with one quarterback, one wide receiver, one tight end and five offensive linemen.

Check back Thursday for the defense.

First team: Juice Williams, Illinois

For playing the game of his life, the Fighting Illini sophomore is really the only choice.

Washington's Jake Locker and Minnesota's Adam Weber both racked up more total yards than Williams, but Juice threw four touchdown passes to put his team ahead and then used his feet to put the Buckeyes away. Williams completed 12 of 22 passes for 140 yards and no interceptions. He added 70 yards rushing on 16 carries and made great decisions all day.

Second team: Locker (16-33, 153 yards passing, one touchdown, three interceptions; 102 yards rushing on 14 attempts)
Honorable mention: Weber (27-44, 232 yards passing, two interceptions, one touchdown)

Also of note: All three players mentioned here are second-year collegians. Williams is a true sophomore while both Weber and Locker are redshirt freshmen.

Running Backs
First team: Eugene Jarvis, Kent State; Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois

The 5-5 Jarvis scampered for 84 yards on 16 carries against Ohio State despite not playing the full game. Mendenhall pitched in 88 yards as the Fighting Illini racked up 260 on the ground.

Second team: Rodney Kinlaw, Penn State (14 carries for 81 yards and a touchdown)
Honorable mention: Zach Brown, Wisconsin (20 carries for 63 yards)

Also of note: A Mid-American Conference back appears on this list for the second consecutive year. Last season Northern Illinois' Garrett Wolfe joined Michigan's Mike Hart on the first team.

First Team: Dan Lawlor, Penn State

In the first quarter Lawlor cleared the way for Kinlaw to score the Nittany Lions' only offensive touchdown of the game, and he was part of a PSU ground attack that picked up 139 yards and averaged six yards per carry. Lawlor also caught a 9-yard pass.

Second team: Chris Pressley, Wisconsin (one catch for a 2-yard touchdown along with a strong blocking effort)

Tight End
First team: Travis Beckum, Wisconsin (nine catches for 140 yards and a touchdown)

This was perhaps the fiercest debate of any position, but the Badger left few doubts as to why he will some day be a high draft pick in the NFL as he turned in the best day any pass catcher had all season against Ohio State. In all he hauled in nine catches for an OSU-opponent-season-high 140 yards, including a 46-yarder and a 28-yard touchdown reception.

Second team: Dustin Keller, Purdue (11 catches for 101 yards)
Honorable mention: Andrew Quarless (two catches for 34 yards and a strong blocking effort)

Split End
First team: Marques Wilkins, Illinois

A couple of angles presented themselves in this selection. No full-time wide receiver/split end/flanker amassed so much as 100 yards against Ohio State, and the Buckeyes allowed only nine receiving touchdowns all season. Purdue's Greg Orton and Washington's Anthony Russo both had nice outings against the Buckeyes, but we decided to go in a bit of a different direction and gave Wilkins the nod because even though he made just one catch, it was perhaps the biggest of the season for either Ohio State or Illinois. The sophomore from Decatur entered Ohio Stadium with two catches on the season but his sole catch against the Buckeyes went for 31 yards and what would be the game-winning touchdown.

Second team: Orton (10 catches, 91 yards)
Honorable mention: Russo (four catches for 48 yards and a touchdown)

Offensive Line
First team: tackles Ben Ossai (Washington) and Xavier Fulton (Illinois); guards Martin O'Donnell (Illinois) and Rich Ohrnberger (Penn State); center A.Q. Shipley (Penn State)

Ossai and his linemates held Ohio State's defensive line collectively without a tackle for loss, while Fulton and O'Donnell helped pave the way for Williams, Mendenhall and friends to craft their upset. Ohrnberger and Shipley were effective at making room for Nittany Lion runners to gash Ohio State directly up the middle and helped execute a game plan that limited James Laurinaitis to two tackles, none of which were solos.

Second team: tackles Gerald Cadogan (Penn State) and Akim Millington (Illinois); guards Josh Perry (Kent State) and Jon Asamoah (Illinois); center Ryan McDonald (Illinois).
Honorable mention: Chad Macklin (Washington)

Also of note: Shipley is the only repeat selection on the offensive side of the ball.

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