Simon, Miller lead OSU All-Big 10 selections

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Miller, Simon Headline Ohio State’s All-Big Ten Winners
By Brandon Castel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — It wasn’t as automatic as many had expected, but Braxton Miller earned first-team All-Big Ten honors Monday following a 12-0 season and record-breaking sophomore year at Ohio State.

Braxton Miller
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Braxton Miller

Miller threw for over 2,000 yards and set an OSU school record with 1,271 yards on the ground, but he was not selected as the first-team quarterback by the Big Ten coaches. They, instead, went with Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez, while the media tabbed Miller as the first-team quarter.

The media also opted for Ohio State’s sophomore quarterback over both Martinez and Penn State’s Matt McGloin for the Big Ten’s Quarterback of the Year (also known as the Griese-Brees Award).

The Big Ten’s Coach of the Year, along with top offensive and defensive performers will not be announced until Tuesday night (7 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network).

Picking the First Team

Andrew Norwell
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Andrew Norwell

The only other Ohio State player selected to the Big Ten’s all-conference first-team was left guard Andrew Norwell, who was also selected by the media. The Big Ten coaches did not have an Ohio State player on their first-team all-conference offense.

The coaches went with Miller as the second team quarterback and added three Buckeyes to the first-team defense, including defensive linemen John Simon and Johnathan Hankins. Their other first-team selection on defense was cornerback Bradley Roby, but linebacker Ryan Shazier was left off the first-team by the coaches, despite his big statistical season (114 tackles, 17 TFL, 5 sacks).

The media did have Shazier on their first team, along with both Roby, Travis Howard and Simon, who took home the Smith-Brown Big Ten’s Defensive Lineman of the Year award. Simon led the Big Ten with nine sacks and ranked third with 14.5 TFL for minus-87 yards - both Top 25 marks nationally.

John Simon and Urban Meyer
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John Simon

“I am happy for all of the members of this team who are being honored, and also for their teammates, whose hard work helped these guys earn this Big Ten recognition," coach Urban Meyer said.

“It is a tribute to the work ethic of both John Simon and Braxton Miller, coupled with the fact that they are both excellent football players, that they were named players of the year at their positions.”

The media did not select Hankins to the first team, but they did go with Bradley Roby, a redshirt sophomore out of Georgia.

“Being named all-Big Ten just shows that hard work really does pay off,” Roby said.

“I think I was having a pretty good year, but I am most happy that we won all of our games. That's what makes you feel really good.”

Bradley Roby
Photo by Jim Davidson
Bradley Roby

Roby is tied for second nationally with 19 passes defended this season, including 17 PBUs, which tied a school record, and two interceptions. One of 15 semifinalists for the Thorpe Award, he recorded four PBUs in the win at Penn State and came up with a momentum shifting “pick six” in the win over Nebraska.

Roby is the only defensive player in the nation to score touchdowns three different ways this season (recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone; recovered a blocked punt in the end zone; and an interception return). He also blocked a punt in the win at Michigan State and finished third on the team with 63 total tackles, including 2.0 TFL.

Making Second Team

On the defensive side of the ball, the media went with Hankins on the second team, while the coaches had both Shazier and safety Christian Bryant, who was second on the team with 71 tackles and second with 12 PBUs. He recorded his lone interception of the season in the win over California that iced the win for the Buckeyes in the final minutes. He turned in nine games with 5.0 or more tackles from his safety spot, with a season-high 9.0 in the win over Nebraska.

On offense, the media went with left tackle Jack Mewhort and tailback Carlos Hyde on the second-team All-Big Ten, while the coaches tabbed Hyde and Braxton Miller, along with Corey Brown.

Brown took advantage of the offensive system from his receiver position, hauling in 60 passes for 669 yards and three TDs. He also carried 11 times for 96 yards and a score and took two punts to the house – a 76-yarder vs. Nebraska and a 68-yarder in the overtime win in Madison – earning him Big Ten special teams player of the week both times. Brown recorded a season-high 95 yards receiving and a TD in the win Saturday over Michigan.

Safety C.J. Barnett, center Corey Linsley, right tackle Reid Fragel and linebacker Etienne Sabino each earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten, while linebacker Zach Boren, who selflessly switched positions just past midseason, from starting fullback to starting linebacker, was honored with a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award.

1ST TEAM (Media)

Offense
QB Braxton Miller
OL Andrew Norwell

Defense
DE John Simon
LB Ryan Shazier
CB Bradley Roby
CB Travis Howard

2nd TEAM (Media)

Offense
RB Carlos Hyde
OT Jack Mewhort

Defense
DL Johnathan Hankins

HONORABLE MENTION (Media)

Offense
WR Corey Brown
OL Corey Linsley
OL Reid Fragel

Defense
LB Etienne Sabino
DB C.J. Barnett
DB Christian Bryant

1ST TEAM (Coaches)

Offense
None

Defense
DE John Simon
DL Johnathan Hankins
CB Bradley Roby

2nd TEAM (Coaches)

Offense
QB Braxton Miller
RB Carlos Hyde
WR Corey Brown

Defense
LB Ryan Shazier
DB Christian Bryant

HONORABLE MENTION (Coaches)

Offense
OL Corey Linsley
OL Jack Mewhort
OL Andrew Norwell

Defense
CB Travis Howard
DB C.J. Barnett

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