The B1G handed out some awards last night. When doing so, it was pretty evident that the media paid a bit more attention to the games than the B1G coaches did. Perhaps that is why they were so unprepared.
I’m not usually one to cry “bias” but I’m thinking that stuff people said about the coaches not being huge fans of Urban Meyer is true. The only consensus first team All-B1G players from Ohio State, that is 12-0 Ohio State who beat 8 B1G teams including the ones playing in the 2012 B1G Championship Game*, were John Simon and Bradley Roby. The coaches inexplicably tabbed Ryan Shazier and Braxton Miller as second teamers while the media gave them the nod at first team. the questionable call for the media was placing Johnathan Hankins on the second team, though this was a bit easier to explain away than the other variances.
Even though the coaches thought that Taylor Martinez was a better QB than Braxton Miller, Miller brought home the Griese-Brees QB of the year award. Oh, and Miller is also a Heisman contender, but you know, Martinez is really something.
John Simon brought home the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year award.
In other notable Buckeye snubs, Bradley Roby, who leads the country in PBUs and was the only B1G DB to be named a Thorpe Award semi-finalist, did not win the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award. Who did? Why, Iowa’s Micah Hyde, of course. Why wouldn’t he?
The full list of winners can be found here. I expect it to be pinned in The Buckeye locker room next year.
So, to sum up, The Buckeyes went 12-0 and had only two consensus All-B1G first teamers. This means that, in spite of a record to the contrary, the B1G coaches felt that OSU players are mediocre by B1G standards. Imagine what they will do next year when they are actually improved and good.