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Freshman Focus: Week 12

Each week during the 2022 season, we will highlight the notable performances of first-year players and head coaches leading up to the selection of our annual Freshman All-America Team and the Steve Spurrier First-Year Coach of the Year Award presented by Chris Doering Mortgage. Here are the top performances from Week 12, the weekend of Nov. 19

Seven semifinalists named for 2022 Outland Trophy

Seven semifinalists for the 77th Outland Trophy – five offensive linemen and two defensive tackles – were announced Wednesday by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee. The seven come from different schools within four separate conferences – the Big Ten has four of the seven – and represent all four positions eligible for the award.

Ohio State's Babb nominated for Orange Bowl Courage Award

Ohio State’s Kamryn Babb is this week’s nominee for the 2022 Capital One Orange Bowl-FWAA Courage Award. Babb, a fifth-year graduate student, played for the first time since the 2020 season Saturday vs. Indiana, caught his first collegiate pass and scored his first career touchdown after undergoing four different knee surgeries.

Paris Johnson Jr. Foundation selected as 2022 Merit Award recipient

The Paris Johnson Jr. Foundation has been selected as the 11th recipient of the Armed Forces Merit Award presented by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).

Ohio State's Tuimoloau is Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week

DALLAS (FWAA) – Ohio State defensive end JT Tuimoloau notched one of the most dominant games for a defensive lineman in recent seasons Saturday in Ohio State’s 44-31 win at Penn State. Tuimoloau had six tackles, three for loss, two sacks, two interceptions and a pass breakup, forced a fumble and recovered another one as the Buckeyes rallied to stay perfect in Big Ten play. For forcing or gaining four takeaways that led to 21 Ohio State points, Tuimoloau earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games during the weekend of Oct. 29, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

Ohio State's Eichenberg is Bronko Nagurski National Player of the Week

Leading the way with nine tackles, Tommy Eichenberg and the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes shut down No. 5 Notre Dame in the last three quarters of a 21-10 win to take the highlight game of college football’s first full weekend. For posting his team-high tackles – six of them solo and three of them for losses to go with a pair of sacks – Eichenberg earned the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week honor for games in the extended weekend of Sept. 3, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

FWAA NAMES FINALISTS FOR FIRST-YEAR COACH AND PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Three coaches, players up for Steve Spurrier Award and National Freshman of the Year

2021 OUTLAND TROPHY SEMIFINALISTS UNVEILED

Six standout interior linemen tabbed by FWAA