Ohio State’s starting running back and four of the five linemen paving the way picked up Big Ten honors Tuesday night after the Buckeyes ran for 2,903 yards and 35 touchdowns during the regular season.
Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott earned the most hardware as he was named the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and the Ameche-Dayne Running Back of the Year while receiving a unanimous first team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and the media. Elliott tallied 1,672 rushing yards through 12 games to go along with 19 touchdowns on the ground. He capped his Big Ten season with 214 yards and two scores on 30 carries in Ohio State’s 42-13 win over Michigan on Saturday. Elliott also moved ahead of Eddie George as the second leading rusher in program history, behind only Archie Griffin.
After leading the way for Elliott, senior Taylor Decker was named the Rimington-Pace Offensive Lineman of the Year, making him the first Buckeye to win the award since LeCharles Bentley in 2001. Along with Decker, junior right guard Pat Elflein was voted first team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and the media. Two other Ohio State offensive linemen – senior center Jacoby Boren and sophomore right guard Billy Price – were named to the third team.
Junior wide receiver Michael Thomas was named third team All-Big Ten by the coaches and the media after racking up team highs 49 receptions for 709 receiving yards and eight touchdowns through the air during the season’s first 12 games.
Fifth-year senior Braxton Miller was named honorable mention All-Big Ten along with tight end Nick Vannett and sophomore receiver Jalin Marshall. Miller, playing in his first year as a hybrid-back, gained 563 all-purpose yards and scored four touchdowns for the Buckeyes. Vanes tallied 18 receptions for 148 yards while Marshall tacked on 31 receptions for 448 yards and five touchdowns. Marshall also added 306 yards on 24 punt returns.