The Associated Press released its 2012 All-America first, second and third teams Tuesday afternoon, and three Ohio State Buckeyes made the cut.
Junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and redshirt sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby made the second team while senior defensive end John Simon made the third team.
Johnathan Hankins and Bradley Roby were each named second-team Associated Press All-Americans. John Simon was a third-team selection.— Jerry Emig (@BuckeyeNotes) December 11, 2012
All three had outstanding seasons for the 12-0 Ohio state Buckeyes.
Hankins piled up 55 tackles (23 of which were unassisted) to go along with four tackles for loss, a sack and a blocked kick. After starting every game during the 2012 campaign, Hankins earned first team All-Big Ten honors before deciding to forgo his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
Roby was third on the team with 63 tackles during the 2012 season. The sophomore standout was a lock-down cornerback for the Buckeyes, defending a conference-high 19 passes to go along with two interceptions, a blocked kick and a touchdown.
Simon was the heart and soul of an Ohio State defense that surged in the last half of the season. The senior defensive end racked up 45 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss, nine sacks and one forced fumble. His four-sack performance against Wisconsin in Week 12 tied a school record.
Buckeyes players who missed out on the accolades include sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier.
Miller set a school record for total yardage in a season with 3,310 yards, complemented by 28 total touchdowns (15 passing, 13 rushing). Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel made the first team, Kansas State senior Collin Klein made the second team and Alabama junior A.J. McCarron made the third team.
Shazier missed out despite a fantastic 2012 campaign. The sophomore linebacker led the Buckeyes with 115 tackles (70 unassisted), 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, 12 passes defended, one interception and one touchdown.
Both Miller and Shazier will be back in 2013.
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