Ohio State sophomore quarterback Justin Fields has been named the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year.
The Big Ten has been releasing their end-of-season awards the last two days and Wednesday saw Fields’ name honored as the conference’s offensive player of the year.
Fields — who was also named First-Team All-Big Ten — has thrown for 2,654 yards and 37 touchdowns with just one interception this season. He has also rushed for 470 yards and another 10 touchdowns while playing in just half of his team’s fourth quarters this year.
Fields has accounted for at least four touchdowns in every game this season, save for the wins over Wisconsin and Penn State where he was held to just three and two scores, respectively.
Fields is seven touchdowns away from tying Dwayne Haskins’ Big Ten record set last year of 54 total touchdowns accounted for.
With this award, Fields is now the ninth Buckeye to be named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year, and the second in a row.
Last year, Dwayne Haskins won the award, which followed Ezekiel Elliott in 2015, Braxton Miller in 2012 and 2013, Troy Smith in 2006, Joe Germaine in 1998 (coaches selected Germaine, media selected Drew Brees), Orlando Pace in 1996, and Eddie George in 1995.
This was Fields’ first year as a starting quarterback. As a true freshman last season at Georgia, he was the backup to sophomore starter Jake Fromm. Fromm has accounted for 51 touchdowns the last two seasons.
Unsurprisingly, Fields was also named the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year.
The award, which began in 2011, has gone to a Buckeye every year except for 2011 (Russell Wilson, UW) and 2015 (Connor Cook, MSU).
Here are the list of winners since the award’s inception.
2011: Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
2012: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
2013: Braxton Miller, Ohio State
2014: JT Barrett, Ohio State
2015: Connor Cook, Michigan State
2016: JT Barrett, Ohio State
2017: JT Barrett, Ohio State
2018: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
The only two years a Buckeye hasn’t won the award have been when the team had split starters at quarterback. In 2011, it was Braxton Miller and Joe Bauserman sharing time. In 2015, it was Barrett and Cardale Jones.