Hooker First Team, Okudah, Bell Second Team On Big Ten All-Decade Squad


With players on 14 teams to consider, including multiple All-Americans, over the span of 10 years, it's inevitable that some great players may feel snubbed as the Big Ten Network continues unveiling its "All-Decade Team." One such player is Buckeye defensive back Jeffrey Okudah. The two year starter became the best cornerback in the country this past season, was a consensus All-American and the No. 3 pick by Detroit in the NFL draft. Okudah, however, was only a second team selection when defensive backs were announced Wednesday. Based on the "taking notes" emoji he used on Twitter, Okudah clearly disagreed.

While Okudah may have felt snubbed, former Buckeye safety Malik Hooker did not. Hooker was named to the first team. He burst on the scene in 2016, becoming an All-American and a first round pick of the Indianapolis Colts.

One other Buckeye safety was recognized. Like Okudah, Vonn Bell was selected as a member of the second team secondary. Bell became a starter at the end of his freshman year in 2013 and remained a fixture at safety the next two years, including the 2014 national championship season when he came up with a huge interception in Ohio State's Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.

The final selections for the All-Decade team will be made over the next two days. Thursday, the wide receivers and defensive linemen will be announced. Ohio State, with John Simon, Joey Bosa (twice,) Nick Bosa, Tyquan Lewis and Chase Young, accounting for six of the Big Ten's last eight defensive linemen of the year, should be well represented. Friday, the All-Decade quarterback, specialists and coach of the decade will be announced. Quarterback will be interesting. Based on statistics and records, OSU's J.T. Barrett would be favored to get the nod, but Braxton Miller, the two-time Big Ten MVP whose QB career was cut short by injury, is certainly worthy. So is Dwayne Haskins, who had the best single season at quarterback in Big Ten history. Wisconsin's Russell Wilson dominated the league in 2011 and certainly has an argument, as does yet another Buckeye, Justin Fields, who did the same last season. As for coach of the year, Urban Meyer seems to be the obvious choice. He went 83-9 in his seven years at Ohio State. The Buckeyes at least shared the division title every year, won three Big Ten titles, made the college football playoff twice and won the national title in 2014. If those credentials aren't coach of the decade worthy, I give up.