Trio of Buckeyes snag Big Ten's top honors
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP/WKRC) - Penn State running back Saquon Barkley has been named offensive player of the year in the Big Ten and Iowa linebacker Josey Jewell is defensive player of the year.
The two were honored Thursday as the Big Ten announced its football specialty awards.
Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was tabbed the Big Ten's Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for a third time. The three-time team captain was also named the league’s first-team quarterback for a third time.
Center Billy Price was picked as the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year and joined left tackle Jamarco Jones and left guard Michael Jordan on the first-team.
Nick Bosa, who leads Ohio State in tackles-for-loss and sacks, was named Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Barkley ranks first in the conference and second nationally with an average of 179.5 all-purpose yards per game. Jewell was the only player in the Big Ten to average better than 10 tackles a game.
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who averaged a Big Ten-leading 150 yards per game, is freshman of the year. Wisconsin's Paul Chryst, whose Badgers are unbeaten and No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings, is coach of the year.
Award winners are chosen by a vote of coaches and a media panel.