The 2010 winners of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, given annually to the most outstanding senior student-athletes at each conference school, will be announced Wednesday. Leading up to the 43rd Annual Scholar-Athlete Dinner, the 11 Medal of Honor finalists will be featured on OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Major: Exercise Science
Doug Verhoff wrapped up his four-year career as a member of the Ohio State men’s soccer team as one of the most successful players in recent history – both on and off the field. A team captain as a senior, Verhoff was the leader of the second winningest class in program history with 49 victories from 2006-09. Last season, Verhoff was tabbed the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Year, as well as first team all-conference, en route to helping capture the both the Big Ten regular-season and tournament championships. The defensive MVP of the Big Ten Tournament, he anchored the defense that allowed the fewest goals in the Big Ten (16) all season.
For this career, Verhoff was a starter all four years and, as a sophomore, earned a spot on the 2007 College Cup All-Tournament Team as the Buckeyes made their first appearance in the national championship game. Earlier that season, he scored the deciding penalty kick in 2007 Big Ten Championship, once again proving his ability to take his game up a notch in big games.
He was a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection as an exercise science major and a CoSIDA Academic all-district and an Academic All-America nominee in 2007. Also an active member of the community, Verhoff regularly participated with 2nd-and-Seven, Operation Buckeye and youth soccer camps and clinics throughout his college career.