COLUMBUS, Ohio – With a 12-0 regular season behind them and a championship game in the near future, Ohio State players reaped the post-season rewards of success on the field.
Eight Buckeyes were named first-team all-Big Ten Conference in voting Monday by head coaches and members of the media.
Leading the way were Braxton Miller (above), named the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year for the second year in a row, and Carlos Hyde, selected as the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year.
A first-team all-conference selection, Miller led the Big Ten in passer efficiency and total offense per game in conference play. The junior has passed for 1,759 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing for 891 yards and eight scores despite missing nearly three games early in the season because of an injury.
Hyde leads the Big Ten in rushing with 143.3 yards per game along with 14 touchdowns and became the first running back for an Urban Meyer-coached team to rush for 1,000 yards with 1,290 yards so far this season.
Six other Buckeyes earned first-team all-Big Ten honors from the media: Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort, Andrew Norwell, Bradley Roby, Ryan Shazier and Noah Spence.
Linsley, Mewhort and Norwell anchor a Buckeye offensive line that has helped Ohio State average a Big Ten-best 48.2 points per contest and 530.5 yards per game.
Roby is tied for the team lead with three interceptions and 13 pass break-ups and sits third on the team with 63 tackles.
Shazier leads the Big Ten with 122 tackles, 21.0 tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.
Spence is second in the conference with 8.0 sacks and is tied for sixth with 13.5 tackles for loss.
In addition, Michael Bennett garnered second-team all-conference honors from the media while Corey “Philly” Brown was named a second-team all-conference receiver by the coaches.
Earning honorable mention all-conference honors were C.J. Barnett, Drew Basil, Joey Bosa, Doran Grant, Marcus Hall, Jeff Heuerman, Cameron Johnston and Devin Smith.