Bosa tops ESPN poll for college football's best player
It’s August, but Joey Bosa is racking up the accolades.
The Ohio State defensive end earned ESPN’s No. 1 spot for its top 100 players in college football. His composite score of 9.67 was based on a poll of 43 ESPN college football writers, editors and analysts.
Despite the fact that Bosa will miss the season opener against Virginia Tech for violating athletic department policy, the junior-to-be was likened to former Purdue and current NFL star Ryan Kerrigan and NFL Defensive MVP and Wisconsin standout J.J. Watt.
A unanimous All-American as a sophomore, Bosa led the Buckeye defense to a national championship. He finished as the Big Ten’s leader in tackles for loss and sacks. ESPN NFL draft insider Mel Kiper Jr. already named Bosa his No. 1 prospect in the 2016 class.
Bosa was one of nine Buckeyes to make the list, which was more than any team in the country. Buckeye tailback Ezekiel Elliot was tied for second on the list with Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright.