The Beast Mode Award
Winner: Kurt Coleman Intercepts Pass and Forces Fumble.
Why He Was Nominated: When Coleman wakes up and plays like he’s capable, it’s a beautiful thing. He’s put the work in at the weight room and is rounding out his game. He could be scary this year.
Why It Won: You want your senior leaders to lead by example and that’s exactly what Coleman did. When was the last time you saw an Ohio State player strip the ball during a tackle? That’s something to be excited about.
Also Nominated: Rolle Doing His JL Impression, Thad Gibson Forces Fumble
The Anderson Russell “What Were You Thinking” Award
Winner: Anderson Russell
Why He Was Nominated: His namesake makes up part of the award, so he’d have to have a pretty good chance to win. Last seen missing a tackle on Texas’ Quan Cosby on a game winning touchdown in the Fiesta Bowl, Russell made a return performance looking more lost than Louis and Clark west of the Mississippi. The Free Safety normally has to provide some safety and it’s a shame if nobody can beat out Russell by the USC game.
Why It Won: Being directly involved in allowing Navy to rack up 1/3 of their entire 2008 passing touchdown production in one game guarantees a win.
Also Nominated: Tressel sticking with his call to play Bauserman early.
The Obviously Something Is Still Wrong Award
Winner: Mike Brewster Forgetting to Show Up.
Why It Was Nominated: We heard that this was an all new offensive line all spring and summer. We heard that things were going to change. There was going to be attitude and the ability to blow the opposition off the ball. After the Navy game, it’s safe to say that run blocking is fairly nonexistent and merely being good needs to occur before ‘dominating’ can.
Why It Won: Mike Brewster stood up in support of Coach Jim Bollman this offseason, blaming lack of production on the departed offensive lineman. Brewster contradicted himself with his play on the field against Navy leading some to wonder if there’s some evil ghost that haunts offensive line production.
Also Nominated: Defensive Tackles Not Making an Impact, Anderson Russell Doing What He Does
The See You Next Spring Award
Winner: Taurian Washington Has The Dropsies.
Why It Was Nominated: The spring game star finally sees the field in an actual game and can’t corral the passes that hit him in the numbers. Washington has spent the last few years a fan favorite only to be sort of, kind of outperformed by freshman Duron Carter (3 catches, 21 yards)
Why It Won: You can’t go through spring and fall practices as the QB’s favorite target and come up with nothing. I’m still drinking the Kool-Aid and expect him to bounce back big against USC.
Also Nominated: Non-existent YAC, Mike Adams in the Doghouse, Offensive Line Ferocity.
Sleeping With the Fishes Award
Winner: Austin Spitler Does Not Play Sideline to Sideline.
Why It Was Nominated: It has to be tough to sit behind James Laurinaitis at MIKE for most of your career. It has to be even harder to practice in the middle and get shifted to SAM in your first start. It has to be even harder to chase down a Navy ball carrier in the open field. Let’s hope Spitler gets moved inside or has the concrete blocks removed off his feet.
Why It Won: It was downright comical watching Spitler try and chase down Ricky Dobbs in the open field. Here’s to hoping that USC’s Joe McKnight runs directly into him all night.
Also Nominated: Ricky Dobbs Chasing Brian Rolle, Anderson Russell’s Decision Making