May 19, 2020

Reese Devilbiss – 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. Reese Devilbiss is one of five men’s finalists for the 2020 award.

The Mount Wolf, Pa., native was an All-MIVA First Team honoree in 2020. He played 96 matches, logging 274 sets of action during his career. Devilbiss contributed 519 points as a Buckeye by accumulating 430 kills, 78 blocks (eight solo) and 46 service aces. He kept busy, also serving as a primary passer with over 1,000 serves received.

The health sciences major added Academic All-Big Ten and MIVA Academic All-Conference accolades in every eligible season as well.

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.