Bosa Is Bednarik POW

By Jeff Rapp, September 4th, 2018

Anyone who took in Ohio State’s 2018 season opener can see that standout defensive end Nick Bosa is off to a dominant start to his junior, and presumably final, year in scarlet and gray.

A preseason All-American and the reigning Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Bosa victimized Oregon State throughout the Buckeyes’ 77-31 win at Ohio Stadium on Sept. 1. In fact, along with recording a pair of sacks, several pressures and two fumble recoveries, he also scored the first touchdown of his college career by pouncing on a loose pigskin in the end zone.

After that eye-opening outing, the 6-4, 263-pounder was named the Bednarik Player of the Week. The Maxwell Football Club presents the weekly award winner for the Bednarik Award, which is given annually to college football’s defensive player of the year.

Bosa was second among Ohio State defenders with four tackles but two of his stops took down Oregon State quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage for a total of 21 yards in losses.

He scored a TD midway through the second quarter when he recovered a Pete Werner-forced fumble that bounced back into the end zone.

A product of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and the younger brother of former OSU All-American Joey Bosa, Nick has recorded a quarterback sack in four consecutive games dating to last year’s win over Michigan. He has 6.5 sacks during this stretch for 44 yards in losses.

Bosa is tied with Pittsburgh Steeler star Cameron Heyward for 16th place in Ohio State history with 15.5 career QB sacks.