Kyle McCord Named Big Ten Freshman of the Week After Ohio State Quarterback Debut

By Dan Hope on September 27, 2021 at 11:17 am
Kyle McCord

An Ohio State player is the Big Ten Freshman of the Week for the fourth time in four games.

Kyle McCord keeps the streak going this week as the true freshman quarterback received the conference's weekly honor for his performance in his debut game as a Buckeye against Akron.

McCord wins the award after throwing for 319 yards – the most ever by an Ohio State quarterback in his first start – and two touchdowns on 13 completions and 18 attempts with one interception in the Buckeyes' 59-7 win. His first game got off to a shaky start, as he completed just two of his first five career passes, but he was able to settle in from there to help guide Ohio State to victory.

“I thought he stepped up in a big way,” Ohio State wide receiver Smith-Njigba said after the game. “I thought he looked very confident. Had a slow first drive, but everything came to him and I thought he responded well.”

McCord joins redshirt freshman quarterback C.J. Stroud, who was Big Ten Freshman of the Week after Ohio State's first two games of the season against Minnesota and Oregon, and true freshman running back TreVeyon Henderson, who won the award after rushing for 277 yards against Tulsa, as Buckeyes who have earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors through the first trimester of the regular season.

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