Ohio State’s Fields, Young chosen as best of the best in All-Big Ten votings
ROSEMONT, Ill. — Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was honored Wednesday as the Big Ten offensive player of the year.
Fields won in voting of coaches and media.
Fields also was voted quarterback of the year after leading the Buckeyes to a perfect regular season. Other offensive honors: Purdue receiver David Bell, freshman of the year; Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman, receiver of the year; Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor, running back of the year; Purdue’s Brycen Hopkins, tight end of the year; and Iowa’s Tristan Wirfs, offensive lineman of the year.
Ohio State had three players on the media’s all-conference first team on offense. Joining Fields were running back J.K. Dobbins and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis. The coaches’ first team had Fields, Dobbins and offensive lineman Jonah Jackson from the Buckeyes. Taylor was a unanimous pick on the media’s first team.
Meanwhile, defensive end Chase Young has been selected as the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.
No. 2 Ohio State boasts the country’s No. 1 defense, with Young leading the way. The junior has a school-record 16¢ sacks — the most by a Big Ten player in 21 years — and 30¢ in three seasons. Young was also named Defensive Lineman of the Year.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day was chosen Coach of the Year by media, while Minnesota’s P.J. Fleck was picked by the Big Ten’s coaches in voting announced Tuesday by the conference.
Penn State’s Micah Parsons (linebacker) and Minnesota’s Antoine Winfield Jr. (defensive back) were among the other winners.