Dec. 4, 2017
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Billy Price, already named the Big Ten Conference’s Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, was today named a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s outstanding center. Joining Price as finalists for the award are Bradley Bozeman, from Alabama, and Will Clapp, from LSU.
A four-year starting offensive lineman for the Buckeyes who converted to center this season after three seasons as a guard, Price has been a dominant performer for the No. 5 ranked Buckeyes, the champions of the Big Ten Conference and who will meet No. 8 USC in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Dec. 29.
The two-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer leads an offensive line that has powered the Buckeyes to national rankings of No. 6 in total offense, No. 5 in scoring, No. 15 rushing, No. 28 in passing, No. 1 in first downs and No. 5 in third down percentage.
Price is from Austintown, Ohio, and has already graduated with his degree in business administration with a specialization in operation’s management. He was a first-team All-American in 2016 by the American Football Coaches Association and a strong candidate for additional All-America honors this year after already having been selected a mid-season All-American by the Associated Press. He is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition and he was a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy.
The two-time team captain has set the Ohio State school record with 54 consecutive starts. He is vying to become the third Ohio State Buckeye to win the Rimington Award, after LeCharles Bentley in 2001 and Pat Elflein last year.