Bosa, Barrett Earn Conference Superlatives

There weren't many surprises when it came to the Big Ten's top player honors, with Ohio State's dominant Joey Bosa earning Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year honored and J.T. Barrett being named the top freshman. But Urban Meyer was beat out by Jerry Kill as the league's top coach.

Ohio State's Joey Bosa and J.T. Barrett can add to their ever-expanding trophy cases after being named the Big Ten's Nagurski-Woodson Defensive Player of the Year and Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, respectively, on Tuesday night.

But in somewhat surprising news, Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer was snubbed for top coach honors despite leading OSU to an 11-1 record and 8-0 conference mark while despite massive personnel losses to the NFL draft, injury and suspension. Minnesota's Jerry Kill won the vote from both the media and coaches.

The Big Ten's Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, Bosa led the Big Ten with 13.5 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. A finalist for both the Lombardi (best lineman) and Bednarik (top defensive player) awards, Bosa has 46 tackles this year and four forced fumbles to go with his impressive TFL stats.

The sophomore has a chance to break some Ohio State records as he is six shy of Mike Vrabel’s single-season record for tackles for loss and just a half sack off the single-season record for sacks set by Vernon Gholston in 2007.

The sophomore has recorded a tackle for loss in 18 of his last 19 games, including an Ohio State record-tying streak of 14 straight games.

He is the fourth Buckeye to win this award in the past eight years joining John Simon (2012) and James Laurinaitis (2007-08).

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Already named the Big Ten's Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year, Barrett thrust himself into Heisman Trophy consideration while setting a Big Ten record with 45 touchdowns responsible for, set a number of school records this season on the way to being named the league's top QB.

Barrett set OSU single-season records for touchdown passes with 34 and total offense with 3,772 while also settle school marks for most rushing yards for a QB in a game (189 at Minnesota) and (86 at MIN). He finished his campaign with 171 rushes for 938 yards and 11 touchdowns while going 204 for 314 (64.6 percent) for 2,834 yards with 10 interceptions.

"I think it a great experience, just learning on the fly," Barrett said on the BTN Live selection show. "I had a lot of people who helped me along the way in Coach Herman, Coach Meyer and my teammates as well, always encouraging me and helping me out. It was one big learning process."

Ohio State quarterbacks are no stranger to the award as Terrelle Pryor won it in 2008 and Braxton Miller captured the honor in 2011.

SvoNotes: Meyer Should Be Top Coach

Meanwhile, Meyer continues in a line of prestigious Ohio State coaches to not win the top coach honor. OSU's last winner was Earle Bruce, who won it his first year of 1979 while going 11-0 in the regular season. John Cooper and Jim Tressel never won it.

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