Ohio State's Justin Fields wins Chicago Tribune Silver Football

Joey Kaufman
Buckeye Xtra
Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) rushes upfield ahead of Northwestern Wildcats linebacker Blake Gallagher (51) during the first quarter of the Big Ten Championship football game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2020.

Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has been named the Big Ten’s best overall player, receiving the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award on Wednesday.

He totaled 25 points and received 12 first-place votes from the conference’s 14 head coaches, who are unable to vote for their own players.

Iowa defensive lineman Daviyon Nixon finished in second place with five points, receiving one first-place vote, while Minnesota running back Mohamed Ibrahim was third.

Two of Fields’ receivers, Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson, were tied for fourth with Indiana quarterback Michael Penix Jr.

Wilson received a first-place vote, while Olave garnered two second-place votes.

Fields is the 20th Buckeye to capture the award, which was first given out in 1924, and the seventh selection in the past nine years.  

Defensive end Chase Young was last season’s winner, following quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. in 2018.

Two of the 20 Ohio State twice received the award: quarterback Braxton Miller in 2013 and 2012 and running back Archie Griffin in 1974 and 1973.

Last month, Fields was recognized as the conference’s top offensive player and quarterback for the second consecutive season, while Nixon was selected as the defensive player of the year.

Fields has thrown for 1,906 yards and 21 touchdowns with six interceptions as a junior. His 186.68 passer rating is ranked fifth in the Football Bowl Subdivision.

He finished in third place for the Silver Football award last season, finishing behind Young and Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor

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