Ohio State Dominates Preseason All-Big 10 List

By Jeff Seemann
Fox Sports Ohio
May 25, 2010

Enthusiasm for college football runs deep across the country, and fans find themselves anxious to dive into any information they can find during the long summer months.  With 100 days before opening night at Ohio Stadium, fans have a morsel to nibble on – Phil Steele has released his College Football Preview for 2010.

Ohio State fans will be excited when they read the Preseason All-Big 10 selections, as the Buckeyes have placed nine players on the first team and 17 overall.

Among Ohio State’s selections are the two offensive players most likely to explode in 2010.  Junior Terrelle Pryor is the first-team quarterback and junior DeVier Posey is a first-teamer at wide receiver.  Joining #2 and #8 from the Bucks are junior center Mike Brewster and senior offensive lineman Justin Boren.

On the defensive side of the ball, five Buckeyes were named to the first team.  Senior DL Cameron Heyward leads the way, joined by two linebackers and two members of the secondary.  Ross Homan and Brian Rolle, both senior LBs are teamed up with senior cornerback Chimdi Chekwa and senior free safety Jermale Hines.

Surprisingly, the position on Ohio State’s roster with the most depth only found one player on the list at all.  Senior Brandon Saine is the only running back to make the cut, as a second-team All-Big 10 selection.  Daniel “Boom” Herron was left off the list entirely, probably because of the three-headed rushing attack OSU provides.  Pryor, Saine and Herron combined for 2,118 yards on 460 carries, closely split up amongst the trio.  Most of the players at the top of the All-Big 10 list of RBs are the lone threat to carry the ball on their team.

Buckeye fans will also be thrilled to learn that the entire starting offensive line was named All-Big Ten, as was the entire starting linebacking unit.

First Team Offense

QB – Terrelle Pryor, Ohio St
RB – John Clay, Wisconsin
RB – Evan Royster, Penn St
WR – Keith Smith, Purdue
WR – Tandon Doss, Indiana
WR – DeVier Posey, Ohio St
TE – Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin
C – Mike Brewster, Ohio St
OG – Justin Boren, Ohio St
OG – Stefen Wisniewski, Penn St
OT – Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin
OT – Riley Reiff, Iowa 

KR – Keshawn Martin, Michigan St
PR – Keshawn Martin, Michigan St

First Team Defense

DL – Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
DL – Adrian Clayborn, Iowa
DL – Cameron Heyward, Ohio St
DL – JJ Watt, Wisconsin
LB – Greg Jones, Michigan St
LB – Ross Homan, Ohio St
LB – Chris Borland, Wisconsin
LB – Brian Rolle, Ohio St
CB – Chimdi Chekwa, Ohio St
CB – Terry Hawthorne, Illinois
SS – Tyler Sash, Iowa
FS – Jermale Hines, Ohio St

K – Stefan Demos, Northwestern
P – Ryan Donahue, Iowa