Thursday morning college football expert Phil Steele, one of the more respected names in the industry, released his 2014 preseason All-Big Ten team and four Ohio State players were named to the first team, led on offense by Braxton Miller and Joey Bosa on defense.
Coming into this season, his last as the leader of the Buckeyes’ offense, a lot is expected of Miller which is why he’s receiving all the preseason accolades. Should he be able to stay healthy, this could be the best year of Miller’s career in an Ohio State uniform.
Defensive end Joey Bosa, on the other hand, is getting set for his second season in the Big Ten after making a very favorable impression in 2013 where he recorded 44 total tackles with 7.5 sacks. Bosa should be one of the more prominent defensive forces not just in the conference, but the entire nation in this his sophomore season.
Also landing on the first team was tight end Jeff Heuerman. Last season, the then junior was a strong force in the Ohio State passing game, grabbing 26 balls for 466 yards and four scores. With Urban Meyer’s philosophy of creating more passing opportunities for Miller this season, Heuerman’s numbers could see a steady incline in his final season as a Buckeye.
In all, between the four teams that Steele released on Thursday, there were 11 Ohio State players on the list, another sign that big things are expected from this group in 2014.
For a complete look at the 2014 preseason All-Big Ten team, you can simply click here.