Ohio State's Justin Fields was named the Big Ten's Offensive Player of the Year and Quarterback of the Year Wednesday night. That announcement came the day after Buckeye Chase Young won Defensive Player of the Year and Defensive Lineman of the Year, while Ryan Day was recognized by the league's media as Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Day's victory was particularly notable in that it ended a 40-year drought for the Scarlet and Gray. Earle Bruce in 1979 was the last Ohio State coach to take home Coach of the Year honors.
The Buckeyes will play Wisconsin in the Big Ten title game on Saturday at 8:00 p.m.
Fields heads into that contest having completed 68.2 percent of his passes and having thrown 37 touchdowns with just one interception. Fields also has ten rushing scores.
Young's totals in the regular season: 38 tackles, 19.5 TFLs, 16.5 sacks, and six forced fumbles, despite missing two games for an NCAA violation.
The Chicago Tribune's Silver Football, which goes to the player that league coaches vote to be the most outstanding, will be announced Friday morning. Three of the four finalists for that are Ohio State Buckeyes. In addition to Fields and Young, running back J.K. Dobbins is under consideration, as is Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor.