Ohio State Quarterback C.J. Stroud Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week

By Dan Hope on September 6, 2021 at 11:30 am
C.J. Stroud

C.J. Stroud has already earned an award after his first game as Ohio State's starting quarterback.

Stroud, a redshirt freshman, was named Monday as the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for his performance in Ohio State's season-opening 45-31 win over Minnesota.

While Stroud got off to a slow start in his first game as Ohio State's starting quarterback, completing just eight of 14 passing attempts for 58 yards before halftime, he finished with 294 yards on 13 completions and 22 attempts after passes that went for touchdowns of 70, 61, 56 and 38 yards in the second half.

He's one of just nine quarterbacks in the Football Bowl Subdivision who has thrown four touchdown passes in a game so far this season.

Stroud becomes the first Buckeye to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week since 2018, when Tate Martell won the award following his 10-for-10 performance off the bench against Rutgers.

He's one of two players from Ohio State's offense to be honored with an award on Monday morning, as Ohio State wide receiver Chris Olave was named the Senior Bowl's offensive player of the week.

Michigan State running back Kenneth Walker was this week's Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, while Iowa defensive back Riley Moss was the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Penn State punter/kicker Jordan Stout was Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week.

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