Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and defensive end John Simon earned major awards Monday, highlighting a roster of seven Buckeyes named to the All-Big Ten Conference first team by the media or coaches.
Miller was named the Griese-Brees quarterback of the year and a first-team selection by the media, but received a surprise snub from the coaches, who dropped the sophomore to the second team in favor of Nebraska quarterback Taylor Martinez.
Simon, a senior captain, was named Smith-Brown defensive lineman of the year and a unanimous first-team selection.
Sophomore cornerback Bradley Roby was the Buckeyes’ only other unanimous first-team pick. The coaches voted for junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, while the media recognized sophomore linebacker Ryan Shazier, senior cornerback Travis Howard and junior left guard Andrew Norwell.
Left tackle Jack Mewhort, a St. John’s Jesuit graduate, was one of four OSU juniors voted to the second team.
Michigan had three first-team selections, including Taylor Lewan, the Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year, and Will Hagerup, the Eddleman-Fields punter of the year. Senior guard Patrick Omameh made the coaches’ first team.
Lewan, a unanimous first-team selection, has started 27 straight games at left tackle. Hagerup averaged a conference-best 45 yards per punt, punting 33 times for 1,486 yards.
UM senior safety Jordan Kovacs, a Clay graduate, was a second-team coaches selection.
Elsewhere, Iowa senior cornerback Micah Hyde, a Fostoria graduate, was named Tatum-Woodson defensive back of the year after finishing fourth in the conference with 15 passes defended. Hyde, a three-year starter, also had two forced fumbles and an interception.
The Big Ten will announce its offensive and defensive players of the year and coach of the year today.
Miller, a top candidate for offensive player of the year, was second in the Big Ten in total offense at 275.8 yards per game and led the Buckeyes with 1,271 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. Simon, whom OSU coach Urban Meyer called the team’s “heart and soul,” led the league with nine sacks and ranked third with 14.5 tackles for a loss.
“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,” 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.”