Here’s the Big Ten’s list of individual players of the year for 2017:
Dungy-Thompson Humanitarian Award: Chad Greenway, Iowa Hawkeyes
Ford-Kinnick Leadership Award: Troy Vincent, wisconsin badgers
Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year: Saquon Barkley, Penn State Nittany Lions
Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year: Josey Jewell, Iowa
Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year: Jonathan Taylor, wisconsin
Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (coaches): Paul Chryst, wisconsin
Dave McClain Coach of the Year (media): Paul Chryst, wisconsin
Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year: J.T. Barrett, Ohio State Buckeyes
Richter-Howard Wide Receiver of the Year: DJ Moore, Maryland Terrapins
Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
Kwalick-Clark Tight End of the Year: Troy Fumagalli, wisconsin
Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year: Billy Price, Ohio State
Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year: Nick Bosa, Ohio State
Butkus-Fitzgerald Linebacker of the Year: Josey Jewell, Iowa
Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year: Josh Jackson, Iowa
Bakken-Andersen Kicker of the Year: Griffin Oakes, Indiana Hoosiers
Eddleman-Fields Punter of the Year: Ryan Anderson, rutger Scarlet Knights
Rodgers-Dwight Returner of the Year: Saquon Barkley, Penn State
- Regarding Bosa as the DL of the year...we’ll just leave this here. Ohio State fans will just continue to lap up Michigan tears, I guess.
Nick Bosa: 28 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 6.0 sacks, 47 QB pressures, 19 stops— Zach Shaw (@_ZachShaw) November 30, 2017
Mo Hurst Jr: 58 tackles, 13.0 TFL, 5.0 sacks, 46 QB pressures, 37 stops
Chase Winovich: 84 tackles, 17.0 TFL, 8.0 sacks, 49 QB pressures, 48 stops
Bosa was named 2017 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year.
- Touchdowns > any other stat for running backs, evidently, as the 4th-leading rusher in the Big Ten by yards and 8th-leading rusher by yards-per-carry is the RB of the year. Nothing like coasting off beating the shit out of that Iowa defense, which...
- At some point are we going to stop rewarding the 1-2 players each year who rise above the mediocrity that is the rest of Iowa football?
- Despite being a statistically-better punter and meaning 1000 times more to his team than Drue Chrisman, Ryan Anderson was not even a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award. But he’s a damn deserving Big Ten punter of the year. Congrats to the D-III transfer and best of luck at the next level.
- I think Griffin Oakes’ turnaround is one of my favorite not-talked-about stories of the 2017 season.
- Chryst or Brohm, I don’t think you could’ve made a bad decision there. Unless you chose the wisconsin coach, because man’s gotta have a code.
- And even despite having that code, it’s still a surprise that Jonathan Taylor shows up just once on this awards list.
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