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Ohio State center Billy Price was named a first-team All-American by The Associated Press on Monday.

Ohio State football: Billy Price, Denzel Ward named first-team AP All-Americans; Buckeyes’ QB reacts to Shea Patterson’s Michigan transfer

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Billy Price, Denzel Ward named first-team AP All-Americans

Ohio State’s Billy Price and Denzel Ward were selected to the first team of The Associated Press All-America team, which was released Monday. Price was selected as the first-team center, while Ward was one of two first-team cornerbacks. Ohio State defensive end Nick Bosa was a second-team pick.

The AP’s first team was highlighted by Heisman winner Baker Mayfield at quarterback, Stanford’s Bryce Love at running back and Penn State’s Saquon Barkley as the all-purpose back. A total of seven Big Ten players were first-team All-America picks. The full teams can be found here.

Ohio State’s All-American tracker

The AP list was one of the latest groups of All-Americans announced over the last two weeks. In case you missed any, we’re keeping note of all honored Buckeyes on our Ohio State All-American tracker.

How do you replace Billy Price?

Price has been an invaluable part of the Buckeyes’ offensive line for four seasons. His spectacular 2017 season came after he moved from guard to center and gave the Buckeyes their second consecutive Rimington Trophy winner.

So who will replace Price in the middle of Ohio State’s offensive line next season? The Buckeyes will enter the spring with two viable candidates, Matt Burrell and Brady Taylor, Land of 10’s Austin Ward writes.

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Dwayne Haskins welcomes Shea Patterson to the Big Ten

Monday was an interesting day in Ann Arbor, Mich. Following a weekend visit, Ole Miss quarterback Shea Patterson announced he will transfer to Michigan next season. Patterson, a former 5-star recruit, is expected to become immediately eligible. It’s a move that could shake up the Big Ten race in 2018.

And it’s one that caught the attention of another player who could be a first-year starter in the Big Ten in 2018. Buckeyes quarterback Dwayne Haskins weighed in on Patterson’s transfer and said the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry “just got a little more interesting.”

Kierre Hawkins announces transfer

Ohio State tight end Kierre Hawkins announced he was transferring to Youngstown State on Monday night. Hawkins was a redshirt freshman in 2017 and did not record a catch at Ohio State.

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