Ohio State defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was named a first-team All-Big Ten selection by league coaches Tuesday.
He was the only Buckeyes defensive player to be a first-team pick on either the coaches or media ballots. Jones was a second-team pick on the media ballot.
Defensive end Chase Young was a second-team pick by coaches and third-team by media. Safety Jordan Fuller made the second team in the media voting. Punter Drue Chrisman was a second-team pick by coaches and media.
Jones is a fourth-year junior from Cleveland who considered entering the NFL draft after last season.
“Selfishly, what I hoped for was to improve and create more production, but my mindset is always team first,” Jones said Monday on a teleconference to preview Ohio State’s game against Northwestern in the Big Ten championship. “I wanted to come back and try to get a chance to get to the playoffs to win a national championship. That was the main focus when I came back in January.”
The Buckeyes expected to have a dominating defensive line this season. That unit took a major hit when Nick Bosa, arguably the best defensive player in the country, was lost for the season in the TCU game on week 3.
But Jones and Young did their best to fill Bosa’s void. They are tied for the team lead with 10 tackles for loss apiece.
Jones has 7½ sacks and has also scored two touchdowns. Jones intercepted a pass for a touchdown against TCU, a key play in that game. He recovered a fumble in the end zone against Michigan State, perhaps the most crucial play in that victory.
Though Jones has a year of eligibility remaining, it is considered a near-certainty that he will enter the NFL draft. He likely will be a first-round pick.
Young, a sophomore, might have the most pure talent of anyone on Ohio State’s defense. He has 6½ sacks and a team-leading nine quarterback hurries. On Saturday against Michigan, he hit the arm of quarterback Shea Patterson on a pass intercepted by Fuller.
Fuller, a junior, has been the leader of Ohio State’s secondary. He leads the team in solo tackles with 46 and is second in overall tackles to linebacker Malik Harrison with 63.
The all-Big Ten offensive teams will be announced Wednesday.