Heisman Rankings 2018: Top 20 Heisman Trophy candidates

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During his time at Ohio State, Joey Bosa became a legend, helping the Buckeyes to a College Football Playoff National Championship back in 2014. He was a two-time All-American, and was the 2014 College Football Defensive Player of the Year, leaving Columbus as one of the best defensive players in school history.

Joey left school after the 2015 season, clearing the way for brother Nick to take over for him along the defensive line at Ohio State. A starter as a true freshman back in 2016, the younger brother is carving out his own legacy with the Buckeyes and will be a dominant player for arguably the best team in the Big Ten this season.

During his freshman year, Bosa racked up five sacks, setting the stage for him to take the next step forward in 2017. Last season, he ran his sack total to 8.5, had 14.5 tackles for a loss, and was named the Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year. In addition, he was named a First-Team Big Ten selection as a true sophomore.

In 2018, Bosa will look to continue to be a dominant force on a Buckeyes team that has national title aspirations. He is a guy that can get to double-digit sacks easily this season, and you can be sure the coaching staff is going to do everything they can to put him in the best situations to succeed during his junior campaign.

The biggest story going on in Buckeye Nation is what is happening with head coach Urban Meyer, but that should not have any effect on Bosa’s production in 2018. This may be his last season on campus, and if he can bring home a Heisman, he will be only the second primarily defensive player to win the award in history (Charles Woodson, 1997, Michigan).