ATLANTA -- Billy Price, the four-year starting offensive lineman for the Buckeyes who converted to center this season after three seasons as a guard, was named the recipient of the Rimington Trophy this evening. The Rimington Trophy committee made the announcement on the red carpet at the ESPNU College Football Awards show at the College Football Hall of Fame.
Price is the second consecutive Ohio State Buckeye to win the Rimington after Pat Elflein, now a starting center for the Minnesota Vikings, won it last year. This is the first time in the award's 19-year history that one school has produced back-to-back winners of the Rimington Trophy. Ohio State also had the 2001 winner: LeCharles Bentley.
"I am truly honored to win the Rimington Trophy," Price said. "I want to thank the Boomer Esiason Foundation, the Rimington Trophy Committee and the voters for selecting me for this most prestigious honor. I also want to thank coach Meyer and coach Studrawa, our strength coach Mick Marotti and the entire Ohio State football program for all their efforts in helping me become the best football player and person I can be."
Named the Big Ten's Rimington-Pace offensive lineman of the year last week, Price is a two-time first-team all-Big Ten Conference performer and has been the leader of an Ohio State line that has powered the Buckeyes' offense to over 3,000 yards rushing and over 3,000 yards passing, the only offense in the nation to achieve that feat this season.
Additionally, Ohio State set school records this year with five consecutive games of 500-or-more yards of total offense and with six consecutive games of 300-or-more passing yards. Ohio State has national offensive rankings of No. 1 in first downs, No. 5 in scoring, No. 5 in third down conversion percentage, No. 6 in total offense, No. 15 in rushing and No. 28 in passing yards per game.
Price is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors student-athletes with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. He was also a semifinalist for the Outland Trophy.
The two-time team captain has set the Ohio State school record with 54 consecutive starts.
Price will be recognized at the Rimington Trophy presentation at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday, January 13, 2018.
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