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Ohio State’s Joey Bosa named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

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After a six-tackle, 2.5-sack performance against Penn State, Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa has been named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Bosa, who leads the Big Ten in sacks (8.0) and tackles for loss (11.5) clinched Saturday’s game for the Buckeyes when he brought down Penn State sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg on fourth-and-five in double-overtime.

The award is the first for Bosa, and he becomes the first Buckeye to win the award since former OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier won it last November following a 20-tackle performance against Indiana on Nov. 23.

Bosa, who has started every game this season, started 10 games as a true freshman in 2013 and tallied 7.5 sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss.

The Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native was also named Athlon’s Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.

Bosa and the Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Illinois Fighting Illini Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m.

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