I always thought this was a cool award. First of all, the award predates the Heisman and Red Grange was its first winner in 1924. Notable non-OSU winners include Otto Graham, Nile kinnick, Tom Harmon, future Michigan coach Bump Elliott, Dick Butkus, Bob Griese, UM's current coach. Notable non-winners include Bronko Nagurski, Bubba Smith, Rod Woodson, Alex Karras and a bunch of Buckeyes. Wes Fesler was the first Buckeye winner in 1930. Jay Berwanger, first Heisman winner, also won the Silver Football in 1935. The Bucks won it a couple of times in the 40s with Jack Graff, Les Horvath and Ollie Kline (Horvath and Kline going back to back in '44/'45). OSU Heisman winners Janowicz and Cassidy won it in the '50s, but then there were no OSU winners until 1973. That is what I found interesting -- those great OSU teams from the '60s were shut out (Bob Ferguson, Jack Tatum, Rex Kern, Jim Otis). Ferguson was the heisman runner up and won the Maxwell award but lost the silver football to Minnesota's QB. Those great early '70s teams featured three winners in a row (Archie, Archie and Corny Greene). Schichter and Byars were the lone Earle Bruce players to win during the '80s. Cooper's great '90s teams are represented by Eddie George, Orlando Pace (back-to-Back) and Joe Germain to make it 3 out of 4 years from 1995 to 1998. Tressel's teams were shut out of this award until 2006 with Troy Smith, who was his lone winner. The avalanche started with Urban and hasn't stopped (Braxton back-to-back 2012/13; Zeke followed by JT twice (one a share with Saquon) finishing up with Haskins, who is now followed by Chase Young.
Lots of great Big Ten History!