Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins has won the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Big Ten’s best player and now joins a fraternity that includes college football legend Red Grange, who won the first Silver Football in 1924.
The award is voted on by the Big Ten’s head coaches and each coach must submit a first and second-place vote. Coaches cannot vote for their own players.
Despite a season where Haskins set numerous Big Ten records while throwing for 4,081 yards and 42 touchdowns, only six coaches had Haskins on their ballot.
Here is how the voting broke down per the Chicago Tribune.
2018 Chicago Tribune Silver Football voting
Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State: 5-1—11
Trace McSorley, QB, Penn State: 2-4—8
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin: 2-4—8
Devin Bush, LB, Michigan: 2-2—6
Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue: 2-0—4
Rashan Gary, DT, Michigan: 1-0—2
Joe Bachie, LB, Michigan State: 0-1—1
Shea Patterson, QB, Michigan: 0-1—1
Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan: 0-1—1
That means that seven Big Ten head coaches (not including Urban Meyer) left Haskins off of their ballots entirely, not viewing him as the first or second-best player in the league this year.
Haskins led the nation in touchdown passes this season, including a school-record six against Michigan last weekend. He threw for 400 yards in four of Ohio State’s nine Big Ten games this season, and fell just short with 396 yards against the Wolverines.
Haskins becomes the 20th winner from Ohio State, which is the most of any Big Ten school. It is the fifth time in Urban Meyer’s seven seasons at Ohio State that one of his players has won the award. Haskins joins J.T. Barrett (2016), Ezekiel Elliott (2015), and Braxton Miller (2012, 2013).
Here are the other winners from Ohio State
Troy Smith (2006)
Joe Germaine (1998)
Orlando Pace (1996)
Eddie George (1995)
Keith Byars (1984)
Art Schlichter (1981)
Cornelius Greene (1975)
Archie Griffin (1973, 1974)
Hopalong Cassady (1955)
Vic Janowicz (1950)
Ollie Cline (1945)
Les Horvath (1944)
Jack Graf (1941)
Wes Fesler (1930)