The Buckeyes have owned the B1G Freshman of the Week award throughout the 2021 football season. This past week was no different as quarterback Kyle McCord was honored by the conference as part of Ohio State’s 59-7 win over Akron on Saturday night at Ohio Stadium.
McCord got his first career start in relief of CJ Stroud and after a slow first series, made the most of it with a 13-18 passing night that saw him throw for a pair of touchdowns and 319 yards.
The 319-yard passing night put McCord in the top spot in Ohio State history for a first-time starter, surpassing the 313 yards that Dwayne Haskins threw for against Oregon State just a few short years ago in 2018.
McCord is only the 4th Ohio State true freshman to start at quarterback in program history, a significant feat in its own right. It is to be expected when a team has four young quarterbacks going into the season.
Jack Miller also saw action in the Akron game, the second-year signal caller saw his first extended run as an Ohio State quarterback in the game as well, playing close to 1.5 quarters of the game. Miller would complete five of eight pass attempts for 66 yards after the game was well in-hand and the Buckeyes went mostly to the ground to end the game.
McCord joins Stroud (x2) and running back TreVeyon Henderson as freshman award winners.
The other player of the week awards went to Northwestern running back Evan Hill (Offensive), Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell (Defensive) and Michigan State’s Jayden Reed (Special Teams).