Ohio State Football: Braxton, Simon Win Conference Awards, Others Snubbed

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Ohio State Football: Braxton, Simon Win Conference Awards, Others Snubbed
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The Big Ten announced its all-conference first and second teams and a host of individual honors Monday night, and there were a number of Buckeyes football players recognized for their efforts on the field this year.

Others, though, were snubbed.

 

 

Individual Awards

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Quarterback Braxton Miller was named the Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year after totaling 3,310 yards and 28 touchdowns during the 2012 season. Miller edged Nebraska's Taylor Martinez, who totaled 3,316 yards and 29 touchdowns this year.

Defensive end John Simon was named the Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year after racking up 45 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and a conference-leading nine sacks in 2012. Simon battled through a multitude of injuries throughout the year, and even missed Ohio State's season finale against Michigan Saturday, but his outstanding play through 11 games held off Penn State defensive lineman Jordan Hill for the award.

 

 

First Team All-Conference (Coaches)

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Just three Buckeyes earned All-Big Ten first team honors from the coaches, all on the defensive side. John Simon and defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins joined Jordan Hill and Kawann Short on the defensive line as first team selections, and Bradley Roby earned a spot in the secondary.

 

 

First Team All-Conference (Media)

Six Buckeyes were named to the All-Big Ten first team by the media. Braxton Miller, left guard Andrew Norwell, John Simon, linebacker Ryan Shazier, cornerback Travis Howard and cornerback Bradley Roby earned first team honors by the media.

The All-Conference first and second teams as selected by the Big Ten coaches and media can be viewed in their entirety here.

 

 

The Snubs

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Despite finishing the season a perfect 12-0, the coaches didn't think too highly of the Ohio State Buckeyes on an individual basis. 

No offensive player was selected by the coaches, even though Ohio State led the conference in points per game with 37. The Buckeyes had no offensive lineman selected to the first team by the coaches, but Michigan had two linemen selected—Taylor Lewan and Patrick Omameh—despite rushing for less than 50 yards per game than the Buckeyes.

On defense, Ryan Shazier's exclusion from the (coaches) first team might be the biggest head-scratcher. Shazier finished the season with 115 tackles, a league-leading 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, three forced fumbles, an interception and a touchdown.

The coaches voted for Penn State's Michael Mauti, who had less tackles for loss (four) than Shazier had sacks (five). They also selected Wisconsin's Chris Borland, who had 33 less tackles than Shazier, and Michigan State's Max Bullough, who registered lesser numbers in every major statistical category compared to Shazier.

What are your thoughts? Did the coaches and media pick the teams correctly, or do you think some Buckeyes were unjustly excluded? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or continue the conversation with me on Twitter.

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