Dec. 2, 2016
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State offensive standouts J.T. Barrett and Curtis Samuel are finalists for the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, which is voted on by the conference head coaches and awarded annually by the newspaper to the Big Ten Conference’s most valuable player. The two Buckeyes join Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers as this year’s finalists.
Two winners of the award will be announced next week, according to Tribune sportswriter Teddy Greenstein.
Barrett, named earlier this week as the Big Ten’s quarterback of the year, has directed the No. 2 Buckeyes to an 11-1 record, including three wins over College Football Playoff poll Top 10 teams. He has 3,275 yards of total offense (2,428 pass, 847 rush) and has accounted for 33 touchdowns.
Samuel, first-team all-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media, and the only player in the nation with at least 700 rushing and 700 receiving yards, leads the team in all-purpose yards (1,546). He ranks second in the Big Ten in receptions with 65 and leads Ohio State with 14 touchdowns (seven receiving, seven rushing).
Buckeyes have won the Silver Football in three of the past four years – QB Braxton Miller in 2012 and 2013 and RB Ezekiel Elliott last year – and have claimed a total of 18 Silver Football awards.