May 20, 2020

Jacob Buchanan – Big Ten Medal of Honor Finalist


Each year, the Big Ten Conference awards the Big Ten Medal of Honor to the most outstanding male and female senior student-athlete on each B1G campus. Jacob Buchanan is one of five men’s finalists for the 2020 award.

The sport industry major from Spring, Texas, reached All-America status in both air rifle and smallbore. He consistently competed as a member of the ‘counting’ lineup from freshman year on. Buchanan graduated as Ohio State’s all-time two-gun aggregate high scorer after firing a 1,181 on Jan. 21, 2018 at TCU.

He crushed it in the classroom as well, earning CRCA Scholastic All-America, Academic All-Big Ten and Ohio State Scholar-Athlete recognition on multiple occasions.

The Big Ten Medal of Honor was first awarded in 1915 to one student-athlete from the graduating class of each university who had “attained the greatest proficiency in athletics and scholastic work.” Big Ten schools currently feature almost 9,500 student-athletes, but only 28 earn this prestigious award on an annual basis. In the 100-plus years of the Medal of Honor, almost 1,400 student-athletes have earned this distinction.