Ohio State football: Billy Price wins Rimington Trophy; Ryan Shazier undergoes surgery
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Center of attention
Billy Price was named the recipient of the 2017 Rimington Trophy on Thursday night at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta. It’s the second season in a row that an Ohio State player has been named the country top’s center. Pat Elflein won the honor in 2016.
— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) December 7, 2017
Urban Meyer called Price “one of the hardest workers and greatest players to put on the scarlet and gray.”
The best center in the nation is a Buckeye again — Rimington Award winner Billy Price! One of the hardest workers and greatest players to put on the scarlet and gray!! Second straight year!! pic.twitter.com/NuKhh5yr4S
— Urban Meyer (@OSUCoachMeyer) December 7, 2017
No trophy for J.T. Barrett
While Price is leaving Atlanta, the guy he snaps the football to is going home empty handed. J.T. Barrett was up for the Davey O’Brien Award (nation’s top quarterback), but the honor went to Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Mayfield, considered the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday, had a big night and also took home the Maxwell Award, edging Penn State’s Saquon Barkley and Stanford’s Bryce Love for that honor. The full list of college football award winners can be found here.
Buckeyes land 2018 QB
Ohio State added to its 2018 recruiting class again Thursday night. Matthew Baldwin, a 3-star quarterback from Austin, Texas, committed to the Buckeyes. It’s an interesting addition to the class, Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn notes.
Surgery for Ryan Shazier
Former Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier had spinal stabilization surgery Wednesday, two day after he was carted off the field in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced Thursday.
ESPN reporter Michele Steele spoke with a neurologist, Dr. Anthony Alessi, who said the surgery indicated the injury was more severe than initially thought. Shazier was injured while attempting a tackle on Monday night.
Alessi says surgery is needed when the "bones around his spinal cord are dislocated. This is a more severe injury (than a contusion.)"
"This is a much more severe situation on our hands than we thought."
— Michele Steele (@ESPNMichele) December 7, 2017
One of the first major All-America teams was announced on Thursday, as the Walter Camp first- and second-team picks were named. Price was a first-team All-America selection at center while defensive end Nick Bosa was a second-team selection.
The full Walter Camp All-America teams can be found here.
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