In another sign of the Big Ten’s success and star power, the league has three players named to the 2016 Maxwell Award semifinal list.
On Monday, Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett, Penn State RB Saquon Barkley and Michigan’s do-it-all star Jabrill Peppers were among the 18 players to make the cut. The award goes to the player voted as the player of the year in college football.
Here’s the list:
The three Big Ten players definitely have the credentials to make it this far.
- Barkley: 147 attempts, 888 yards (6.0 avg.), 10 TDs, 213 receiving yards, TD
- Barrett: 145-for-227 passing for 1,675 yards, 17 TDs and 4 INTs. Also has 531 rushing yards, 6 TDs
- Peppers: 48 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 257 punt return yards (TD), 168 kick return yards, 131 rushing yards, 3 TD
The Maxwell Award finalists will be announced on Nov. 21. Alabama RB Derrick Henry won it last year. A Big Ten player hasn’t won the Maxwell Award since Penn State RB Larry Johnson in 2002.