It’s award season across the college football landscape, and the two-day marathon in the Big Ten is underway.
Yesterday the defense took center stage with all of the individual awards and All-Big Ten teams announced. We took a swing and missed on some names, hit on others in our predictions.
So, we are back with a second day of coverage as we look at the offensive side of the ball. Let’s dive in to our predictions.
Offensive Player of the Year:
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
When you set all sorts of passing records and are a likely Heisman Trophy finalist, this should be a sure bet. Haskins finished the regular season by throwing for 4,081 yards, completing 69 percent of his passes and setting a Big Ten record with 42 touchdown passes on the season. I mean, all of this happened with Haskins first season as a starter as well.
There is a case for Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, considering he topped the 1,900-yard mark for the second straight season. But, with the Badgers struggling to a 7-5 season, Haskins and his Big Ten East championship-winning Buckeyes get the edge.
Offense All-Big Ten Team:
QB: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
RB: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
RB: Karan Higdon, Michigan
WR: Rondale Moore, Purdue
WR: Tyler Johnson, Minnesota
TE: Noah Fant, Iowa
C: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
OG: Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
OG: Nick Allegretti, Illinois
OT: Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
OT: Alaric Jackson, Iowa
Quarterback of the Year: Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State
For all the reasons he’ll be chosen as the Offensive Player of the Year, Haskins will also easily win the QB of the Year.
Running Back of the Year: Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
When you are the nation’s leading rusher and you’ve broken multiple records once again, this is an easy choice. Taylor’s 1,989 yards is impressive but so is the fact that he’s averaging 7.0 yards per carry and his per game average is more than 24 yards per game better than the next closest player in the country.
Wide Receiver of the Year: Rondale Moore, Purdue
He’s not only the Wide Receiver of the Year, he’s likely to be the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year as well. When you’re the only one over 100 receptions, over 1,100 yards gained and 7th in the country with 12 touchdown receptions it’s hard to argue you don’t deserve this award. It also isn’t just the raw numbers that impress, as Moore is one of the most dangerous all-around players in the country, let alone the Big Ten.
Tight End of the Year: Noah Fant, Iowa
This award could go to either of Iowa’s tight ends, but Fant was the bigger name coming in to the season and he produced at nearly the same level as his counterpart, T.J. Hockenson. Either way, this award is going to a Hawkeye, that much you can take to the bank.
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Beau Benzschawel, Wisconsin
Just like the tight end award, this one is likely to go to a Wisconsin Badger. Benzschawel has been a stalwart for the Badgers for a few years now and one of the most consistent players in the country this year. The other option? Look for center Tyler Biadasz to be a contender here as well. The two helped form one of the best interior offensive line trios in the country, along with senior Michael Deiter.
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