J.T. Barrett wins Chicago Tribune’s Silver Football Award, named Big 10 MVP

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State junior quarterback J.T. Barrett is one of the recipients of the 2016 Chicago Tribune Silver Football award, which is voted on by the conference head coaches and awarded annually by the newspaper to the Big Ten Conference’s most valuable player.

Barrett and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley tied for this year’s award. Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel and Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers were also finalists.

Barrett, previously named as the Big Ten’s quarterback of the year, has directed the No. 2 Buckeyes to an 11-1 record, including three wins over College Football Playoff poll Top 10 teams. He has 3,275 yards of total offense (2,428 pass, 847 rush) and has accounted for 33 touchdowns.

This is the fourth Silver Football for an Ohio State Buckeye in the last five years: QB Braxton Miller won it in 2012 and 2013 and RB Ezekiel Elliott last year. Ohio State players have claimed a total of 19 Silver Football awards.

Ohio State Silver Football Award Winners

  • 2016 – QB J.T. Barrett
  • 2015 – RB Ezekiel Elliott
  • 2013 – QB Braxton Miller
  • 2012 – QB Braxton Miller
  • 2006 – QB Troy Smith
  • 1998 – QB Joe Germaine
  • 1996 – OT Orlando Pace
  • 1995 – RB Eddie George
  • 1984 – RB Keith Byars
  • 1981 – QB Art Schlichter
  • 1975 – QB Cornelius Greene
  • 1974 – RB Archie Griffin
  • 1975 – RB Archie Griffin
  • 1955 – HB Howard Cassady
  • 1950 – HB Vic Janowicz
  • 1945 – FB Ollie Cline
  • 1944 – HB Les Horvath
  • 1941 – FB Jack Graf
  • 1930 – E Wes Fesler

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