After throwing four touchdown passes in his first career start at Minnesota on Thursday night, Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week on Monday morning.
The 6-foot-3 and 218-pounder from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., completed 13-of-22 passes for 294 yards and the four scores compared to just one interception. All four touchdown passes came in the second half as the Buckeyes erased a four-point halftime deficit to beat the Golden Gophers, 45-31.
“It’s a great learning experience,” Stroud said of his first-half struggles. “(The coaches) are happy with how I played and how I handled my adversity. I feel like I kept my head up and stayed positive. It’s all about what you do when you get punched in the mouth.”
Stroud is the first Ohio State player to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Week honors since former quarterback Tate Martell in 2018. He will be back under center when the Buckeyes host Oregon on Sept. 11, with kickoff against the Ducks set for 12 p.m. on FOX.
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