Sophomore is also the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year; All-Big Ten teams announced, too
COLUMBUS, Ohio – In the midst of one of the greatest statistical seasons by a quarterback in Ohio State and Big Ten history, sophomore quarterback Justin Fields was named the Big Ten Conference’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the league’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year on Wednesday night.
Fields is among 10 Buckeyes on offense who made either a first, second or third All-Big Ten team. Ohio State, champions of the East Division, brings the nation’s No. 1-ranked scoring offense and No. 5 total offense into Saturday night’s Big Ten championship game versus No. 8 Wisconsin.
37-to-1 Touchdown to Interception Ratio
A first-year starter who arrived at Ohio State just 11 months ago, Fields has a stat line that pops off the page: 37 touchdowns, one interception, 47 total touchdowns and a 192.1 passer efficiency rating. A Davey O’Brien Award finalist, Fields is one of only three starting quarterbacks with a 12-0 record this season and is on pace to challenge Dwayne Haskins’ Big Ten record of 54 total touchdowns.
What’s equally as impressive is that Fields has put up those gaudy stats despite not taking any snaps in the fourth quarter of several games. His 47 touchdowns responsible for is third highest in the country but with 98 and 91 fewer carries/passes than Joe Burrow (47 TDs/486 plays) and Jalen Hurts (50 TDs/481 plays), respectively.
Fields has thrown for 2,654 yards and is completing 68.2 percent of his passes. Last week at No. 10 Michigan, he had 302 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Buckeyes to their eighth straight win over the Wolverines.
Fields is Ohio State’s seventh Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year in the nine years that the award has been given out. He’s the ninth Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the fifth in the last eight years.
LT Jonah Jackson and RT Wyatt Davis led a well-represented group on the offensive line as all five Buckeyes were either first or second team All-Big Ten selections. RT Branden Bowen, C Josh Myers and LT Thayer Munford made the second team.
The player who runs through the holes created by that offensive line – J.K. Dobbins – was also named to the All-Big Ten First Team. Dobbins is fourth nationally with 1,657 yards, fifth with 19 touchdowns and eighth with a 6.63 yards-per-carry average. The four-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week ranks second all-time in rushing at Ohio State with 4,113 yards. He has run for 100 or more yards eight times this year despite having four games where he didn’t register a second-half carry.
RB Master Teague, WR Chris Olave and TE Luke Farrell were third team All-Big Ten picks. Teague ranks seventh in the conference with 780 yards and his 6.1 yards-per-carry average is fourth. Olave has a league-best 11 touchdown passes and a team-high 705 yards on 41 receptions. Farrell has started five games, played in all 12 and has a pair of touchdown receptions.
Named honorable mention on both the coaches and media ballot was WR K.J. Hill, who leads the Buckeyes with 44 receptions to go along with 486 yards and eight touchdowns.