Ohio State’s high powered offense led the Big Ten in scoring offense, total offense and rushing offense en route to a second consecutive unbeaten season. On Monday, the Buckeyes picked up plenty of hardware with the media and coaches All-Big Ten teams to back up their efforts.
For the second consecutive season, junior quarterback Braxton Miller was named as the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, in addition to claiming first-team honors by both the coaches and media. Despite missing nearly three full games with a left knee injury, he still managed to complete 138 of 210 passes for 1,759 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also carried the ball 132 times for 891 yards and eight scores.
Senior running back Carlos Hyde was named as the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year in addition to first-team spots on both the coaches and media All-Big Ten teams. Hyde missed the first three games due to a suspension but rebounded to finish with a Big Ten-best average of 143.3 yards per contest. In 165 rushes, he has gained 1,290 yards and score 14 touchdowns.
The Buckeyes’ offensive line lit up the media All-Big Ten team, with seniors Corey Linsley, Jack Mewhort and Andrew Norwell all being chosen as first-team recipients. Linsley was also a first-team choice by coaches, with Mewhort and Norwell earning second-team nods. Senior Corey “Philly” Brown also picked up a second-team spot at wide receiver.
Defensively, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was named as a first-team choice by both the coaches and media but lost to Ohio native and Wisconsin senior Chris Borland for Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year. Shazier has amassed 122 tackles, 21 tackles for loss, six sacks and four forced fumbles and is a finalist for the Butkus Award, given to the best linebacker in the country.
He was joined as a first-team coaches and media selection by junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who recovered from a slow start and compiled 64 tackles, three interceptions and two blocked punts.
Sophomore “Viper” Noah Spence was chosen as a first-team defensive lineman by the media and was a second-team selection on the coaches end. Junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett earned a second-team spot on both the coaches and media lists.