Slowly but surely, college football expert Phil Steele has been releasing his preseason conference teams this week, all of which would eventually lead up to the release of the coveted All-America squad.
On Friday, that list was finally released and there was one Buckeye named to the first team, and it was defensive end Michael Bennett.
Here’s a look at what Steele had to say about why he selected Bennett for the honor, opposite Clemson’s Vic Beasley at the other end.
Michael Bennett, DL, Ohio State: Bennett earned second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2013 after compiling seven sacks. This season he rates as my No. 1 defensive tackle in the country as far as the 2015 NFL draft goes. He, along with returning defensive ends Noah Spence and Joey Bosa, are why the Buckeyes rank as my No. 1 defensive line in the country in 2014.
Again, as the season approaches, more and more people are pointing out that the Buckeyes should have the best defensive line in the country, and the personnel up front can surely handle that pressure coming into the season.
One of his mates on that defensive line, Joey Bosa, did join him in being honored by Steele as he was named to the second-team defense.
Then, of course, Braxton Miller did land among the group, taking the place of third-team quarterback.
This isn’t the first time that this talented Ohio State group is being rewarded for their hard work as they head into the 2014 campaign, and it certainly won’t be the last.