“A trio of Ohio State football players earned All-America honors on Thursday, headlined by Billy Price and Denzel Ward, who were first team choices by Walter Camp and The Athletic, respectively.”
-Ohio State Buckeyes
The 2017 College Football Awards was on Thursday, and at least one Buckeyes walked away with some hardware. For the second year in a row, the Rimington Award for the best center in college football went to an Ohio State player, this time Billy Price.
Shortly after Price won the Rimington Award, a few more All-America teams were announced, including the Walter Camp All-America Team. The nation’s oldest All-America team recognized three Buckeyes this year, with Price and Denzel Ward getting first-team honors, and Nick Bosa recognized as a second-team player.
Despite making the trip with Price for the award ceremony, QB J.T. Barrett didn’t end up winning the Davey O’Brien Award for best quarterback in college — the honor going instead to Heisman Trophy leader Baker Mayfield.
Barrett does still have a chance to take home another trophy for his senior campaign — aside from the Cotton Bowl trophy -- as he was announced as a finalist for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, given to the best college football player from the state of Texas. Barrett will once again come head-to-head with Baker Mayfield.
“And Coach asks a question, ‘What would you do for your brother?’ And it’s one of those things, ‘Well, I’d do anything.’ It’s something you could say, but I try to also show that through my actions, and I think that’s just part of it.”
-J.T. Barrett via Tony Gerdeman, The-Ozone
As people continue to debate the up and down career of fifth-year senior J.T. Barrett, one thing that has never been doubted is his commitment to Ohio State and his teammates, along with his desire to lead them into battle. This proved ever true ahead of the Big Ten Championship game, in which he knew he couldn’t leave his brothers down a man, and did everything in his power to speed up his recovery and get back on the field.
And, he did just that.
In less than a week, Barrett went from arthroscopic knee surgery to playing in a conference title game. Usually a procedure that includes three to four weeks of rehab, Barrett had a “station” set up in the training facility where he could get iced up and receive other treatments while watching film and preparing mentally for the challenge.
Barrett’s performance against Wisconsin wouldn’t even make his career-highlight reel, but his endurance during the week ahead of the matchup will live on in Buckeye infamy.
Kyle Snyder is currently wrestling in Iran for the World Club Championship instead of facing mighty Indiana this weekend so prepare for voters to throw another tantrum about it come Big Ten/NCAA awards season.— Ryan Ginn (@rmginn) December 8, 2017
Ohio State boasts one of the all-time great wrestlers and he hasn’t even graduated yet. Kyle Snyder has had unparalleled success for someone who is only 22 years old, with one the top honors coming by way of an Olympic gold medal (97kg) at the 2016 Rio Summer Games. He’s also the youngest Olympic and World champion in United States wrestling history, not to mention the litany of Ohio State, Big Ten and NCAA records he’s smashed and honors he’s won over the past few years.
While the Ohio State wrestling team takes on Indiana this weekend, Snyder was instead halfway across the world, competing in the World Cup Championship in Iran. While Snyder won his set 3-0, the Titan Mercury Wrestling Club finished the tournament as the runner-up.
Choosing international competition over collegiate should be a no-brainer, but there is certainly a group of delegates who will use this decision against Snyder come time for postseason award voting. This will be Snyder’s last season as a student at Ohio State, and he will almost assuredly spend the next year and half preparing to take home another medal in the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
All Ohio State Team’s Weekend Schedule:
|Fencing||@ Division 1 NAC||Friday, All Day|
|Men's Hockey||Minnesota (BTN)||Friday, 6:30 pm|
|Fencing||@ Division 1 NAC||Saturday, All Day|
|Men's Basketball||William & Mary (BTN Plus)||Saturday, 12 pm|
|Men's Hockey||Minnesota (BTN)||Saturday, 8 pm|
|Wrestling||Indiana||Sunday, 12 pm|
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