Ohio State football has three players named to the ESPN All-American team

We’re only a week and a half away from the start of the Ohio State football season, and the excitement is starting to build. It’s been a long offseason and the Buckeyes should do great things this year with what’s coming back on offense, in combination with the retooling that’s taken place on the defensive end.

We’ve seen a ton of preseason accolades and All-American teams already, but ESPN came into the picture this week with the self-release. As with the others, several Ohio State players have been named to the team and we’re here to let you know the three who made the cut.

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Here are the Ohio State football players ESPN has identified as preseason All-Americans for 2022 and what the world leader said about each.

TreVeyon Henderson, running back

Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the second quarter of an NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and Maryland Terrapins on Saturday, October 9, 2021, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio.

What ESPN said

“As a true freshman a year ago, Henderson came in as the No. 1 prospect in the nation and did not disappoint. He rushed for 1,248 yards and tied for the national lead with four carries of at least 50 yards. The Buckeyes’ offense should be something to do with the return of CJ Stroud at quarterback and Jaxon Smith-Njigba at receiver.

Jaxon Smith-Njigba, wide receiver

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Sat 1 Jan 2022; Pasadena, California, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) returns to Utah players after a reception during the fourth quarter of the 108th Rose Bowl game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Utah Utes at the Rose Bowl. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

What ESPN said

“The receiver room at Ohio State in recent years has been brimming with talent, and Smith-Njigba is as gifted as any of Columbus’ recently released pass catchers. He set school records last season with 95 receptions and 1,606 receiving yards on a team that included first-round NFL picks Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave. When last seen, Smith-Njigba was compiling a Rose Bowl record 347 receiving yards.

Paris Johnson Jr, offensive tackle

Credit: Ohio State Dept. of Athletics

What ESPN said

“Good luck finding a better tackle tandem in the country than the one Ohio State will field this season. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Johnson spent last season at right guard, but he moves to left tackle in 2022 to protect the blind side of CJ Stroud.The Buckeyes are equally talented on the other side with Dawand Jones returning for a second season as a starting right tackle.

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