Ohio State football: Billy Price earns unanimous All-American honors

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Getting a tree in the Buckeye Grove at Ohio State is a lofty accomplishment, but doing it as a unanimous All-American is truly rare.

Billy Price was named a first-team All-American by the American Football Coaches Association on Wednesday, making him the 27th player in program history to earn unanimous All-American honors. To do so, players must be named a first-team All-American by the five traditional outlets recognized by the NCAA — the Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers Association of America, the Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Price had already been named a first-team All-American by the previous four outlets.

He’s the third Buckeye in the last two seasons to attain that feat and the fourth in the last four seasons, but before Joey Bosa accomplished the feat in 2014 the last Ohio State player to do so was linebacker James Laurinaitis in 2007. Price is just the eighth Buckeye to do so since 1996, the year after Orlando Pace and Eddie George both went five-for-five in 1995.

No Ohio State center had ever earned unanimous All-American status until 2016 when Pat Elflein did so, and now there have been two in two years. Both players also won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s outstanding center.

Price already has a tree in the Buckeye Grove after being named an All-American in 2016, but his place in the history of the program has now been further bolstered.

Ohio State unanimous All-Americans

2017: Billy Price

2016: Pat Elflein

2016: Malik Hooker

2014: Joey Bosa

2007: James Laurinaitis

2006: Troy Smith

2005: A.J. Hawk

2002: Mike Doss

1995: Eddie George

1995: Orlando Pace

1987: Chris Spielman

1987: Tom Tupa

1984: Keith Byars

1977: Chris Ward

1975: Archie Griffin

1974: Archie Griffin

1973: Randy Gradishar

1973: John Hicks

1970: Jim Stillwagon

1970: Jack Tatum

1968: David Foley

1961: Bob Ferguson

1960: Bob Ferguson

1956: Jim Parker

1955: Hopalong Cassady

1954: Hopalong Cassady

1950: Vic Janowicz

1945: Warren Amling

1944: Les Horvath

1930: Wes Fesler

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