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Ohio State Football: Quarterback J.T. Barrett Named Co-Winner Of Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award

Ohio State signal caller J.T. Barrett was named a co-winner of the Big Ten's Silver Football Award on Dec. 8.

Buckeye quarterback J.T. Barrett has yet another individual accolade to add to his impressive resume. 

Barrett was named a co-winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award, given to the Big Ten's most valuable player, along with Penn State running back Saquon Barkley. Barrett becomes the 19th player in Ohio State history to win the award, and the fourth in the last five years. 

On the season, Barrett finished third in the Big Ten in total offense, tallying 3,275 total yards of offense while also accounting for 33 total touchdowns (24 passing, nine rushing). In addition to being named the co-winner of the Silver Football Award, Barrett was also named the Griese-Brees quarterback of the year, given to the most outstanding signal caller in the conference. 

Barrett is also just four touchdowns away from tying Drew Brees' all time Big Ten record for touchdowns accounted for in a career. Brees finished his career at Purdue with 104 total scores while Barrett currently sits at an even 100 for his career (69 passing, 31 rushing). 

Barkley, a true sophomore for the Nittany Lions, finished his season third in the Big Ten in rushing yards per game (100.15) and led the conference in rushing scores with 16. His 19 total touchdowns also led all non-kickers in points in the conference in 2016. 

Behind Barrett and Barkley, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers finished second in the voting, Ohio State H-back Curtis Samuel finished third, Northwestern wide receiver Austin Carr finished fourth and Buckeye safety Malik Hooker tied for fifth with a trio of Big Ten stars, Corey Clement (RB) and T.J. Watt (LB) of Wisconsin and Desmond King (CB) of Iowa.


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