Awards season is upon us and a pair of Buckeyes are up for some major national hardware. Redshirt sophomore quarterback CJ Stroud has been named a finalist for the Maxwell Award as the best player in college football, and also a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award as the nation’s top quarterback. Sophomore receiver Marvin Harrison is a finalist for the Biletnikoff Award as the best wide receiver in college football.
Stroud has thrown for 3,340 yards this season with a nation-leading 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. He leads the nation in pass efficiency as well (176.25).
The other finalists for the O’Brien Award are TCU’s Max Duggan and USC’s Caleb Williams. The other finalists for the Maxwell Award are Caleb Williams and Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker.
Stroud became Ohio State’s second-leading passer in school history in last weekend’s loss to Michigan. He has 7,775 yards passing and is now second to JT Barrett (9,434). He is also second in school history with 81 touchdown passes. Barrett’s 104 is still tops all-time. His 299 yards passing per game throughout his career is the new top mark at Ohio State all-time by more than 50 yards.
Four Buckeyes have won the Maxwell Award: Howard Cassady 1955, Bob Ferguson 1969, Archie Griffin 1975, and Eddie George 1995. The lone Ohio State winner of the Davey O’Brien Award is Troy Smith, who won the award in 2006.
Marvin Harrison, Jr. is attempting to become the second Buckeye to win the Biletnikoff Award. Terry Glenn won the award in 1995 after catching 64 passes for 1,411 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Joining Harrison as finalists are Tennessee’s Jalin Hyatt and Iowa State’s Xavier Hutchinson. Hutchinson leads the nation with 107 receptions. Hyatt leads the nation with 15 touchdown receptions, which included a five-touchdown performance in a win over Alabama.
Harrison has made some highlight-reel catches this season in posting 72 receptions for 1,157 yards and 12 touchdowns. The 1,157 yards is the fourth-best yardage total for an OSU receiver in school history. The 72 receptions are now the sixth-best total in school history. His 12 touchdown catches are currently tied with four other former Buckeyes for fifth-most in OSU history.