SPECIAL TEAMS: C+
Difficult to rope all the areas of special teams into one category. OSU has been great on both sides of the return game, as Josh Stewart has already returned two punts for touchdowns while the kickoff coverage unit ranks sixth in the nation by allowing 16.94 yards per return. The kicking game, however, has been a different story. True freshman kicker Ben Grogan is just 6-of-12 on field goals this season, including a key 23-yard miss at West Virginia. Kip Smith has been sound overall as a punter, but will be most remembered so far for two bad boots that didn't make it 20 yards against the Mountaineers.
OFFENSIVE MVP: IR JOSH STEWART
The Cowboys' offense as a whole has regressed, but Stewart has remained one of the most dynamic playmakers in the conference. He's compiled 31 catches, 473 yards and two touchdowns so far this season, and his uncanny ability to make defenders miss in space makes him a threat to turn any touch into a big gain.
DEFENSIVE MVP: LB CALEB LAVEY
The middle linebacker has been all over the field for the Cowboys this season, leading the team with 45 tackles (6.5 for loss) while adding 1.5 sacks, two interceptions, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
TOP NEWCOMERS: WR JHAJUAN SEALES AND CB TYLER PATMON
There was lots of buzz about Seales heading into the season, and the redshirt freshman has delivered, ranking third on the team with 20 catches and 270 yards. Patmon, a post-graduate transfer from Kansas, has seen his role increase as the season has gone along and has totaled five pass breakups and one interception.