Akrum Wadley, Sean Welsh, James Daniels and Cole Croston are your only Iowa Hawkeyes to earn any sort of conference recognition on the offensive side of the ball, and even then only Daniels and Welsh earned unanimous selection from the coaches and media.
Wadley and Croston were named third-team by the coaches and honorable mentions by the media, which makes you wonder what the hell the media were watching in Wadley’s case.
Lot’s of other guys were named honorable mentions, though! C.J. Beathard, LeShun Daniels, Ike Boettger, George Kittle and Riley McCarron all got that nod.
Penn State’s Saquon Barkley was named offensive player of the year, and if you watched that Iowa-Penn State game you probably agree. Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett was named quarterback of the year, which yeah fine whatever.
A little surprising to not see Welsh or Daniels named to the first or second teams, especially since Iowa’s unit was nominated for the Joe Moore award, given to the best O-line in the nation.
A look at the offensive linemen.— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 30, 2016
Congrats to all of the big guys who make it easier for teammates. pic.twitter.com/wBTsXhkyeG
It all makes sense. Even though Iowa went 8-4, the Hawkeyes had the No. 119 scoring offense in the nation.
But this was pretty cool! Keith Duncan’s game-winner against Michigan was voted the No. 2 play of the year in B1G football.
We look forward to Akrum Wadley getting the OPOY award next year.