Some of the best freshmen in the nation reside in the B1G and the semifinalist list from the Maxwell Football Club is further validation.

Four B1G players, including three Ohio State players, made the cut for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award: Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen and Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud, Ohio State running back TreVeyon Henderson, and Ohio State cornerback Denzel Burke.

The 6-foot-2, 238-pound Allen has amassed 1,109 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Allen was selected as a consensus second-team, all-Big Ten pick.

Stroud amassed 3,862 yards, 38 touchdowns and five interceptions in his first season at Ohio State. The freshman finished No. 7  in yards, No. 5 in touchdowns and No. 2 in QB rating (182.2) nationally. Stroud was selected as conference’s Offensive Player of the Year, QB of the Year and Freshman of the Year.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Henderson has rushed for 1,172 yards and 15 touchdowns. Henderson tallied five games of multiple touchdowns.

The 6-foot, 189-pound Burke has totaled 25 solo tackles, 11 pass deflections and an interception. Burke had a season-high 11 total tackles in a win vs. Purdue on Nov. 13.