Ramsey, 3 other Hoosiers earn Big Ten All-Freshman honors

Four Hoosiers earned BTN.com freshman all-conference honors, the Big Ten Network announced Monday.

Peyton Ramsey earned the league’s all-freshman nod at quarterback, while running back Morgan Ellison, receiver Whop Philyor and defensive tackle Jerome Johnson each received honorable mention selections.

Ramsey appeared in nine games, including four starts during the middle of the season. When he threw for 321 yards and two touchdowns against Charleston Southern on Oct. 7, Ramsey became the first IU freshman since Kellen Lewis (2006) to throw for more than 300 yards.

The Cincinnati native didn’t play during the final month of the season after suffering an unspecified injury during IU’s loss at Maryland on Oct. 28. He finished the season by completing 65 percent of his throws for 1,252 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Twice this season, Ellison earned Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors after his efforts against Georgia Southern (186 rushing yards, two touchdowns) and Rutgers (149 rushing yards, two touchdowns).

Ellison finished the year as IU’s leading rusher, posting 704 yards and six touchdowns.

Philyor also earned a Big Ten Freshman of the Week honor this seasons after recording career-highs with 13 receptions for 127 yards and a touchdown at Maryland. He finished as IU’s third-leading receiver with 335 yards and three touchdowns in 11 games.

Johnson appeared in all 12 games, posting 18 tackles, including 3.5 for loss and one sack.

Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor received the league’s Offensive Freshman of the Year award, while Northwestern linebacker Paddy Fisher received Defensive Freshman of the Year honors.

The full list of honorees can be found below:

WR Cody White, Michigan State
WR JD Spielman, Nebraska
TE Louis Dorsey, Illinois
OL (C) Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin
OL (T) Luke Campbell, 6-5/293, Michigan State
OL (T) Alaric Jackson, Iowa
OL (T) Rashawn Slater, Northwestern
OL (G/C) Conner Olson, Minnesota
QB Peyton Ramsey, Indiana
RB Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
RB J.K. Dobbins, Ohio State

DL (DE) A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
DL (DE) Bobby Roundtree, Illinois
DL (DE) Samdup Miller, Northwestern
DL (DE) Shaka Toney, Penn State
LB Ben Stille, Nebraska
LB Tuf Borland, Ohio State
LB Paddy Fisher, Northwestern
DB (CB) Josiah Scott, Michigan State
DB (SS) Bennett Williams, Illinois
DB (CB) Nate Hobbs, Illinois
DB (CB) Dontye Carriere-Williams, Wisconsin

K Matt Coghlin, Michigan State
P Blake Hayes, Illinois
KR JD Spielman, Nebraska
PR Donovan Peoples-Jones, Michigan

Illinois: OT Larry Boyd; C Doug Kramer; OT Vederian Lowe; G Alex Palczewski; WR Ricky Smalling, Illinois; DT/DE Jamal Woods
Indiana: RB Morgan Ellison; DT Jerome Johnson; WR Whop Philyor
Iowa: TE T.J. Hockenson; WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette; OT Tristan Wirfs
Maryland: QB Kasim Hill
Michigan: K Quinn Nordin; QB Brandon Peters; G Cesar Ruiz; NT Aubrey Solomon; KR/CB Ambry Thomas
Michigan State: G Kevin Jarvis
Minnesota: S Ken Handy-Holly; WR Phillip Howard; OT Sam Schlueter; CB Kiondre Thomas; DE Nate Umlor
Nebraska: OT Brenden Jaimes
Northwestern: K Charlie Kuhbander
Ohio State: QB Dwayne Haskins; CB Jeffrey Okudah; DE Chase Young
Penn State: CB Tariq Castro-Fields; OT Will Fries; DE Yetur Gross-Matos; DE Shane Simmons; CB Lamont Wade
Purdue: WR Jackson Anthrop; LB Derrick Barnes; OT Grant Hermanns; WR/QB Jared Sparks
Rutgers: RB Raheem Blackshear; K Justin Davidovicz; DE Elorm Lumor; C Michael Maietti; DT Julius Turner
Wisconsin: WR Danny Davis


  1. Sadly, as you said HC, this is the history of IU football. Underachieving players, coaches, administration, fans, alumni, donors, etc . . . . All works up to the worst historical Division I football program in the country. Check the NCAA historical records sometime. A very sobering look at how the IU football program past, present, and likely future, compares with their peers.

    1. I can’t be concerned about the history of many decades past. I’m just concerned with the last decade when Indiana University finally stepped up and started making positive commitments to this football program. Presently what needs to be done is to replace 2 or 3 offensive coaches starting with the owner of the offense. There’s a lot of quality coaches going to be looking for jobs over this offseason with all the changes being made from the top down in many viable programs. Coaching talent that can help IU turn the corner. December 2017 is the biggest ‘make or break’ timeline for IUFB in 60 years. The hour of action is now for Coach Allen to dictate his tenure in Bloomington. Good luck to him.

  2. It is good to see these players get some recognition. The best thing is they will be competing for starting jobs in 2018 along with some quality red-shirt freshman. The offense will still be a very young group next year but with valuable experience.

  3. I see that U Illinois had five guys on the first team, which is not surprising since at one point the Illini were starting eighteen freshman last season.

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