J.T. Barrett is on the mend from a broken ankle, but he was not forgotten in Big Ten postseason awards announced last night. The redshirt freshman from Ohio State was named the quarterback of the year and was named first-team all-Big Ten.

J.T. Barrett is on the mend from a broken ankle, but he was not forgotten in Big Ten postseason awards announced last night. The redshirt freshman from Ohio State was named the quarterback of the year and was named first-team all-Big Ten.

The league endorses two all-Big Ten teams each year, one selected by the coaches and one selected by the media. Along with Barrett, Buckeyes defensive end Joey Bosa also made both teams. Bosa was named the defensive lineman of the year.

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While the Buckeyes are preparing to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game on Saturday night in Indianapolis, Barrett is done for the season after being injured in the win over Michigan last week. But he played well enough in three quarters to be named the conference freshman of the week for a record seventh time yesterday, and coach Urban Meyer believes Barrett deserves consideration for a higher award.

"He's a Heisman candidate too, and he should be invited to New York" in two weeks as a finalist, Meyer said. "If he's not, then there is something wrong. He has Heisman statistics. I did a little research on that.

"But he's got very excellent statistics, and he's a leader of one of the top five teams in America. So I hope that that young man is invited to New York, and he should be."

Barrett is responsible for a Big Ten-record 45 touchdowns and has a school-record 3,772 yards of offense.

Bosa's stats are stout, too, leading the Big Ten in sacks (13.5) and tackles for loss (20), while forcing a conference-high four fumbles. That's why he is expected to be a prime contender for the league's defensive player of the year award, which will be announced tonight, along with several other major awards.

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Eight Buckeyes were named either first- or second-team all-Big Ten last night. Senior cornerback Doran Grant and sophomore right guard Pat Elflein were on the coaches' first team.

Senior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, senior tight end Jeff Heuerman and junior left tackle Taylor Decker were named to the second team by the coaches and the media, and junior linebacker Joshua Perry made the media second team, along with Grant and Elflein.

In the running

Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman now has coached the past three Big Ten quarterbacks of the year, including Braxton Miller in 2012 and 2013.

That helps explain why yesterday he was named one of five finalists for the Frank Broyles Award, which goes annually to the nation's top assistant coach. Also making the cut were fellow offensive coordinators Lane Kiffin of Alabama, Scott Frost of Oregon and Doug Meacham of Texas Christian, and Missouri defensive coordinator Dave Steckel.

Trying to scout

The Wisconsin defense has very little video to study of Cardale Jones, who will replace Barrett at quarterback. But linebacker Marcus Trotter said his team has seen enough to get a feel for him.

"I still think there's enough film for us to get a good idea of what (Jones) is capable of," Trotter said. "Even though he's stepping up, Ohio State's not really going to change their bread and butter. They're very good at running but they're also very good at passing, so they're going to stick with what they're good at."

Dispatch Reporter Adam Jardy contributed to this story.

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