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The Big Ten football conference announced its individual award winners as well as its first- and second-team All-Big Ten honors on Thursday, two days before the Big Ten Championship game where the Buckeyes take on the Badgers. Amongst the many award winners, three Buckeyes took home individual awards and numerous players were selected for the All-Big Ten teams.
This year the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year award was given to JT Barrett. The redshirt senior finished the season with 2,728 passing yards, threw for 33 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions with a QBR rating of 165.0. He added 672 yards on the ground as well as 9 rushing touchdowns.
Senior offensive lineman Billy Price was the recipient of the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year award. Price has served as the starting offensive lineman for the Buckeyes since his redshirt freshman debut in 2014.
The Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award was given to sophomore Nick Bosa. Bosa gave the Buckeyes’ defense 28 total tackles with 16 of them coming as solo tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, and forced one fumble. Since his freshman campaign, Bosa recorded one more sack this year and upped his tackles for loss by 5.5 tackles.
All-Big Ten, First Team Honors
In the coach’s selections for the first team offense all-Big Ten honors, the Buckeyes had four players selected; tied for the most with Wisconsin. Barrett serves as the team’s quarterback, Bill Price serves as center, Michael Jordan serves as an outside guard, and Jamarco Jones serves as outside tackle.
In the media’s selection for the first team offense all-Big Ten, most of the Buckeyes in the coach’s selection held their respective spot, but offensive lineman Michael Jordan was replaced by Sean Welsh of Iowa.
Two Ohio State defensive lineman, Nick Bosa and Tyquan Lewis, were selected as members of the coach’s first-team All-Big Ten defensive squad. In the media’s selection, Denzel Ward was given the nod to be on the first-team all-Big Ten as well as Bosa and Lewis again.
No Buckeyes made it in the first-team all-Big Ten special teams selections.
All-Big Ten, Second Team Honors
Freshman runningback J.K. Dobbins serves as the only Buckeye selected in the coach’s second-team All-Big Ten offensive squad. Dobbins ran for 1,190 yards on 164 carries and finished the regular season with 7 total touchdowns. For the sake of comparison, Saquan Barkley ran for 1,134 yards on 199 carries, but more than doubled Dobbins’ touchdown total with 16 on the year.
The media selected Dobbins and guard Michael Jordan to the all-Big Ten second-team offense.
As for the all-Big Ten second-team defesne, the coaches selected junior cornerback Denzel Ward. Ward finished his third season with the Buckeyes with one interception and 13 pass breakups in addition to his 34 total tackles; of those 34 tackles, 27 were solo tackles.
The media selected junior defensive end Sam Hubbard to the all-Big Ten second-team defense. Hubbard racked up 36 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and forced two fumbles.
Paris Campbell also serves as the only Buckeye selected by the media on the all-Big Ten second-team special teams.
All-Big Ten, Third Team Honors
Junior wide receiver Paris Campbell and junior offensive lineman Isaiah Prince were selected to the all-Big Ten third-team offense. Campbell was electric on the field and reeled in two touchdowns on the season to go along with his 38 receptions and 530 yards receiving. Prince has played in every game for the Buckeyes since making his first appearance as a true freshman in 2015.
Prince also serves as the only Buckeye selected by the media for the third-team offense honors.
Sophomore defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones and sophomore cornerback Jordan Fuller were selected by the coaches for the third-team honors of the all-Big Ten defense. In addition to Fuller’s one interception and two pass breakups, he was able to rack up 57 total tackles. Jones led the Buckeyes in tackles from a defensive lineman in his debut campaign in 2016.
Senior safety Damon Webb was selected by the media to join the all-Big Ten third-team defensive squad. Webb reeled in 3 interceptions on the season in addition to his 3 pass breakups.
The Buckeyes cleaned house for the coach’s third-team all-Big Ten special teams squad as kicker Sean Nuerenberger, punter Drue Christman, and returner/wide receiver Paris Campbell all were awarded a slot. The media’s selections kept Nuerenberger and Christman as kicker and punter, but swapped out Campbell for Penn State’s DeAndre Thompkins.