It’s already been a magical season for Ohio State’s football program and it’s about to get even better. For the first time in the history of the Big Ten, the Buckeyes have won both conference player of the year awards and the coach of the year award.
All awards in the Big Ten are voted by conference coaches and a select media panel. Ryan Day won the Big Ten Coach of the Year award for leading the Buckeyes to a perfect record in the regular season.
Justin Fields had big shoes to fill at quarterback for Ohio State, especially since Dwayne Haskins broke records as the starter the year before. However, the former five-star gunslinger lived up to expectations and played so well that he won the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.
Fields finished the regular season with 2,654 passing yards, 37 passing touchdowns and one interception. He also added 470 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.
As for Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Chase Young won the award. Many people believe he’ll be the top prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft – if he chooses to go pro.
There were plenty of great candidates for all three major awards in the Big Ten, but at the end of the day it’s hard to go against this trio from Ohio State.
It's a sweep: Ohio State becomes the first team in Big Ten history with the conference's coach of the year, offensive player of the year, and defensive player of the year. https://t.co/0vqHG1jWXj
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) December 4, 2019
Next up for Ohio State is a rematch with Wisconsin for a chance to win the Big Ten Championship.
We’ll find out soon if Day, Fields and Young can lead the Buckeyes to the promised land.