Football

Stroud Pulls Off Record-Setting Sweep Of B1G Awards

Awards season is here, and freshman quarterback CJ Stroud is going to need to clear off a couple of shelves for the hardware that is coming his way. On Wednesday the Big Ten announced its offensive player of the year award and the Ohio State signal caller pulled off a clean sweep.

Stroud not only was named to the first-team All-Big Ten team but also took home the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year awards.

The historical significance of this is that no player in the Big Ten has ever won both the offensive player of the year award and the freshman of the year award in the same season. Additionally, no player has ever all three awards in the same season, being the freshman, QB of the year and offensive player of the year.

There are more award considerations for Stroud with the Ohio State QB being named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien award (national QB of the year). Stroud is also a semi-finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year and the Maxwell Awards.

And of course, there is still an upcoming announcement about who will be in New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.

Stroud was a six-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week over the course of the season. Teammates TreVeyon Henderson and Kyle McCord also won Freshman of the Week honors from the conference over the course of the season.

The highly decorated quarterback led the nation’s No. 1 total offense (551.4 yards per game) and No. 1 scoring offense (45.5 points per game) and an offense that ranked No. 5 in passing yardage (364.9 yards per game).

Stroud threw for 3,862 yards on the year, which is good for No. 2 in school history for a single season and his 38 passing touchdowns in a season has him third on the list for a single season.

Unfortunately for Stroud and the Buckeyes, the team will sit idle this weekend in terms of games with no championship game to play in after Ohio State’s disappointing loss to Michigan. The Buckeyes will learn their post season fate on Sunday when the final College Football Playoff rankings are released and a likely date in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 2022, against the Pac-12 champion.