Elliott named Big Ten RB of the year

Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, top, celebrates his touchdown against Minnesota with teammate Chase Farris during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Buckeye running back Ezekiel Elliott had an award-winning Tuesday for Ohio State. Elliott was named the Big Ten’s running back of the year and the league’s offensive player of the year after an elite season for OSU. He rushed for 1,672 yards with 19 touchdowns, averaging 139 yards per game.

Two of Elliott’s beloved offensive linemen also earned Big Ten honors. Pat Elflein and Taylor Decker were both named B1G first team offensive linemen with Decker being named the league’s offensive lineman of the year. Decker, a senior, has led the Buckeye front for the past 3 years and it has annually ranked among the best offensive lines in the nation.

No Buckeyes were named 1st team at quarterback, receiver or tight end. Buckeye Michael Thomas was named a 3rd team receiver. WR Braxton Miller and TE Nick Vannett were named honorable mention.

On Monday, Joey Bosa was named Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year for the second consecutive year.

Bosa, senior linebacker Joshua Perry, junior safety Vonn Bell, and sophomore linebacker Raekwon McMillan were also named 1st team all-Big Ten.

Senior tackle Adolphus Washington, sophomore linebacker Darron Lee and sophomore cornerback Eli Apple were named 2nd team.

Junior punter Cameron Johnston was named the league’s 2nd tem all-Big Ten punter by both the coaches and the media.

Buckeyes on defense earning honorable mention all-Big Ten status this season included sophomore defensive tackle Tyquan Lewis and graduated safety Tyvis Powell on both the coaches’ and media teams, and sophomore cornerback Gareon Conley (media).

In the new-this-year return specialist category, sophomore punt returner Jalin Marshall was accorded honorable mention honors by both the coaches and media.

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