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Ohio State DE Joey Bosa is heading to NFL in 2016

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One of the nation’s top defensive linemen is heading to the NFL. Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa will skip his final year of eligibility with the Buckeyes and enter the 2016 NFL Draft, Urban Meyer announced today ahead of the Fiesta Bowl.

Bosa is ranked as the top edge rusher in the 2016 NFL Draft pool by Josh Norris of Rotoworld. Norris also had Bosa as a top draft pick in an earlier mock draft.

“Joey Bosa is outstanding. He is explosive and presses blockers back or uses strength to shed,” Norris says in his position rankings. “I bet he is a [force player] by qualifying with jumps. Do not expect a bendy, speed rusher.”

This season, Bosa was fourth in the Big Ten in tackles for a loss with 16.0, and he was often double teamed by opponents this fall. Bosa led the Big Ten with 21.0 tackles for a loss in 2014, playing in all 15 games for Ohio State. Bosa entered the 2015 season already being considered a potential top draft pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, so his decision to head to the NFL now is hardly a surprise. Ohio State will lose a massive piece of the defensive line, but the Buckeyes and the coaching of defensive line coach Larry Johnson should find a way to plug the hole just fine.

Bosa will leave behind quite an accomplished college career. Aside from embracing an emoticon signature stance, Bosa leaves Ohio State with a Big Ten title, a Sugar Bowl victory and a College Football Playoff national championship. Bosa also earned individual honors as a two-time First Team All-Big Ten selection two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous All-American selection in 2014. Big shoes to fill, of course, in Columbus.

Sporting News All-American Team headlined by Derrick Henry, Christian McCaffrey

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Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry and runner-up Christan McCaffrey were named First Team All-Americans by Sporting News on Tuesday. The Crimson Tide and Cardinal running backs nudged out Florida State’s Dalvin Cook and LSU’s Leonard Fournette for the first-team honors, while both Cook and Fournette filled the running back slots on the second team. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, landed on the second team from Sporting News, with Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield winning first team honors.

The full Sporting News All-American teams are listed below. The Sporting News All-American team is the fourth All-American team to be revealed that is used to make up the NCAA’s consensus All-American team. The previous three are the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the Associated Press and the Football Writers Association of America. Tomorrow, the American Football Coaches Association will release the fifth and final All-American list recognized by the NCAA for its consensus list.

FIRST TEAM

Offense

QB – Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
RB – Derrick Henry, Alabama; Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
WR – Corey Coleman, Baylor; Josh Doctson, TCU
TE – Hunter Henry, Arkansas
OL – Joshua Garnett, Stanford; Spencer Drango Baylor; Ryan Kelly, Alabama; Jack Conklin, Michigan State; Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
K – Roberto Aguayo, Florida State
KR – Evan Berry, Tennessee

Defense

DE – Carl Nassib, Penn State; Emmanuel Ogbah, Oklahoma State
DT – A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama; Adolphus Washington, Ohio State
LB – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame; Reggie Ragland, Alabama; Eric Striker, Oklahoma
CB – Desmond King, Iowa; Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
S – Jeremy Cash, Duke; Vonn Bell, Ohio State
P – Tom Hackett, Utah
PR – Cam Sutton, Tennessee

SECOND TEAM

Offense

QB – Deshaun Watson, Clemson
RB – Dalvin Cook, Florida State; Leonard Fournette, LSU
WR – Will Fuller, Notre Dame; JuJu Smith-Schuster, USC
TE – Jake Butt, Michigan
OL – Vadal Alexander, LSU; Sebastian Tretola, Arkansas; Taylor Decker, Ohio State; Jason Spriggs, Indiana; Roderick Johnson, Florida State
K – Ka’lmi Fairbairn, UCLA
KR – Morgan Burns, Kansas State

Defense

DE – Joey Bosa, Ohio State; Shaq Lawson, Clemson
DT- Jonathan Bullard, Florida; Andrew Billings, Baylor
LB – Kentrell Brothers, Missouri;Tyler Matakevich, Temple; Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
CB – Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma; Jalen Tabor, Florida
S – Jabrill Peppers, Michigan; Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
P – Drew Kasar, Texas A&M
PR – Dante Pettis, Washington

Ohio State succumbed to pressure of keeping winning streak alive, suggests Joey Bosa

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A year after winning a national championship, Ohio State caved under pressure by seeing its winning streak snapped in 2015. Star defensive lineman Joey Bosa said the Buckeyes were mentally drained as they attempted to keep their 23-game winning streak alive before Michigan State finally brought the streak to an end in the next-to-last week of the regular season.

“It just seems like nothing you do is ever good enough unless you’re beating teams by 50 points,” Bosa said Wednesday in a story published by ESPN.com. “You win by 20 and it was a bad week. That was definitely a struggle for us, because you never feel like you’re good enough. It’s hard when your own fan base is getting after you for being, what, 10-0? And they still weren’t happy. We won [23] games in a row.”

Ohio State was the consensus number one team in the preseason polls, which was to be expected following a national championship and no players leaving early for the NFL Draft, a three-headed quarterback battle and running back Ezekiel Elliott back on offense and Bosa and others back on defense. Ohio State was expected to blitz through the majority of the game son their schedule, but many of the wins showed some cracks in the Buckeyes along the way in somewhat similar pattern shown by Florida State the previous season. Unlike the 2014 Seminoles though, Ohio State was unable to escape the regular season without a blemish, although they never trailed at any point during a game (Michigan State’s victory came on a field goal as time expired), so there should be something to be said for that feat.

“That week was rough,” Bosa said. “It was rough for me, it was rough for Coach [Urban] Meyer. You could just tell it was draining, that loss. It killed a lot of us.”

Ohio State rebounded with a road win against rival Michigan the next week, in what was probably the best game of the season for the Buckeyes since the season-opener against Virginia Tech. Bosa and the Buckeyes look to finish out the season with a victory in a bowl game that has a storied history for the program, the Fiesta Bowl. Ohio State takes on Notre Dame on January 1.

Notre Dame OT Ronnie Stanley reportedly entering 2016 NFL Draft

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It was all but expected Notre Dame’s standout left tackle Ronnie Stanley would be leaving the Irish for a shot in the NFL in 2016. After being among the handful of names from the Notre Dame roster to be submitted to the NFL Draft advisory board for feedback, it appears all systems are go for Stanley. Stanley will reportedly enter the 2016 NFL Draft, thus forgoing his senior season in South Bend next fall.

Josh Norris of Rotoworld recently touched on Stanley’s pro potential with Inside the Irish, comparing him to Laremy Tunsil of Ole Miss and suggesting his likely matchup against Joey Bosa of Ohio State in the upcoming Fiesta Bowl will have plenty of scouts paying particularly close attention.

“I remain a big fan of Stanley’s. Sure, he was beat a few times against Clemson and sprinkled in some other “losses” against other teams, but all tackles lose,” Norris said to Inside The Irish this week. “I think he offers great size, length and athleticism, which can equal power. He and Laremy Tunsil will compete for the top tackle spot.”

How did Stanley stack up against some of the top offensive linemen this season? Favorably, it could be argued.

Big 12, Pac-12 lead Maxwell Award semifinalists; SEC leads Bednarik semifinalists

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The push for the College Football Playoff is not the only thing heating up in November. Award season is started to come closer and closer. On Monday, the Maxwell Football Club released its list of semifinalists for two of the top individual awards in college football, the Maxwell Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award. Every Power 5 conference is represented on the Maxwell Award semifinalist list with 2 from the ACC, 4 from the Big 12, 2 from the Big Ten, 4 from the Pac-12 and 2 from the SEC. The SEC led the power conferences with seven players named to the Chuck Bednarik Award semifinalists with four.

Last year’s winner for the two Maxwell Football Club awards were Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (Maxwell Award) and Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright (Bednarik Award). A quarterback has won the Maxwell Award 13 times since 2000 and has included players like Drew Brees, Eli Manning, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton and Andrew Luck. Notre Dame running back C.J. Prosise gives the Irish a chance to move into sole possession of first place in the list of all-time winners by school. Notre Dame and Penn State each have seven Maxwell Award winners for the most of all-time. Navy, Ohio State and Texas each have four winners.

Penn State also has more Bednarik Award winners than any other school with four. LSU has a chance to come within one with linebacker Kendall Beckwith named a semifinalist for the Bednarik Award. Past winners of the Bednarik Award, first awarded in 1995, include Pat Fitzgerald, Charles Woodson, LaVar Arrington, Ndamukong Suh, Tyrann Mathieu, Manti Te’o and Aaron Donald.

The winners of the Maxwell Award and Bednarik Award will be announced on December 10, 2015 during ESPN’s college football awards show. Three finalists will be announced for each award prior to that on November 24. A formal presentation for the awards will be held during the Maxwell Football CLub’s annual awards gala in Atlantic City, New Jersey, currently scheduled for March 11, 2016 at the Tropicana Resort & Casino.

2015 Maxwell Award Semifinalists

2015 Chuck Bednarik Award Semifinalists

  • LB Kendall Beckwith, LSU
  • NT Andrew Billings, Baylor
  • DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
  • DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida
  • DE Shilique Calhoun, Michigan State
  • S Jeremy Cash, Duke
  • LB Su’a Cravens, USC
  • DE Myles Garrett, Texas A&M
  • CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
  • DE Shaq Lawson, Clemson
  • CB Jourdan Lewis, Michigan
  • LB Tyler Matakevich, Temple
  • DE Carl Nassib, Penn State
  • DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
  • DE Emmanueal Ogbah, Oklahoma State
  • LB Reggie Ragland, Alabama
  • CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
  • DL A’Shawn Robinson, Alabama
  • LB Joe Schobert, Wisconsin
  • LB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame