Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten quarterback of the year for second time in his career on Wednesday, joining several offensive teammates -- including Pat Elflein, Curtis Samuel, Billy Price and Mike Weber – who were recognized by the conference.
Ohio State's J.T. Barrett was named the Big Ten's quarterback of the year for second time in his career Wednesday, highlighting a string of Buckeyes who were recognized when the conference offensive awards were announced.
Senior center Pat Elflein was tabbed as the offensive lineman of the year, and junior right guard Billy Price joined him on the first-team lines as selected by both coaches and the media.
Curtis Samuel was a consensus first-team receiver. Running back Mike Weber was named the league offensive freshman of the year while making both second teams, and left tackle Jamarco Jones was named to both second teams.
The Buckeyes (11-1), coming off a double-overtime win over Michigan and ranked second in the College Football Playoff rankings, have the weekend off while Wisconsin and Penn State play in the Big Ten championship game Saturday in Indianapolis.
On the Big Ten Network awards show, Weber summed up the Buckeyes' attitude as they wait to hear Sunday whether they will be one of the four teams included in the playoff field.
"Take it a day at a time, stay in shape, wait till we get our next assignment, whoever we play," Weber said. "We just hope to get in that top four, and just practice hard, do everything the right way and hopefully things go our way."
Barrett was named the Big Ten's top quarterback in 2014 when he finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy race. Ohio State has had the Big Ten's top quarterback four of the past five years, with Braxton Miller winning in 2012 and '13.
Barrett has the Ohio State career record of touchdowns responsible for (running or throwing) with 100. He threw 24 TD passes with just five interceptions in the regular season while being second on the team in rushing with 847 yards, tying Weber for the team lead with nine running touchdowns.
Samuel is considered a hybrid back (receiver/running back) by Ohio State. He is only player in the nation with at least 700 yards receiving (822) and rushing (704).
Elflein, all-Big Ten as a guard a year ago, was honored as a center this year. He became the second Ohio State player in two years to be named lineman of year, following Taylor Decker, now with the Detroit Lions.
Price, a junior, was third team all-conference last year as a left guard. The move to right guard this season earned an upgrade.
Weber became the third Ohio State player named offensive freshman of the year in the past six seasons, joining Barrett in '14 and Miller in '11. He is just the third Ohio State freshman to break 1,000 yards rushing (1,072), with still at least one game to play. He will have a chance to top Maurice Clarett's freshman record of 1,237 yards in the 2002 national championship season and Robert Smith's 1,124 in 1990.
Penn State running back Saquon Barkley was named offensive player of the year. Michigan's Jake Butt, who like Elflein is from Pickerington North High School, was named the tight end of the year.