Jody Victor: To the surpirse of absolutely no one, A.J. Hawk has been selected as the Most Valuable Player on the 2005 Ohio State football team. The senior linebacker and two-time All-American received the award Monday December 5th at the annual football appreciation banquet.
Hawk led the team in tackles with 109, including 13 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. He has led the Buckeyes in tackles each of the past three years, and ranks fifth on the all-time tackle list at Ohio State with 382 total stops.
“It is a fitting tribute to a great football player and leader,” said Ohio State coach Jim Tressel, whose 9-2 Buckeyes closed out the season with six consecutive wins. “I've never been around a better linebacker, nor have I ever known a player that was more liked and respected by his teammates than A.J.. He is so humble and sincere. The only vote he didn't get was his.”