Ohio State Athlete of the Year Finalists

Big Ten Directors of Athletics approved a recommendation of the sports information directors to establish a Big Ten Athlete of the Year named for Jesse Owens, Big Ten - Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year Award beginning in 1982. Indiana track performer Jim Spivey was the initial award winner.

In 1983, the Directors of Athletics approved a separate athlete of the year award for women's athletics. In 1991-92, the women's award was renamed the Big Ten - Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year award as part of the celebration of the 10th anniversary of women's athletics in the Conference.

1982 Art Schlichter, football  
1983 Chris Perry, golf Cathy Kratzert, golf
1984 John Frank, football Sarah Josephson, synchronized swimming
1985 Robert Playter, gymnastics Yvette Angel, basketball
1986 Mike Lanese, football Tracey Hall, basketball
1987 Harry Butch Reynolds, track Karen LaFace, diving
1988 Chris Spielman, football Bridgette Tate, track
1989 Joe Greene, track and field Nikita Lowry, basketball
1990 Mike Racanelli, gymnastics Susan Gottlieb, swimming
1991 Jim Jackson, basketball Holly OLeary, volleyball
1992 Jim Jackson, basketball Leisa Wissler, volleyball
1993 Chris Nelloms, track and field Audrey Burcy, basketball
1994 Chris Sanders, track and field Katie Smith, basketball
1995 Blaine Wilson, gymnastics #Laura Davis, volleyball
1996 *Eddie George, football Katie Smith, basketball
1997 *Blaine Wilson, gymnastics Amy Langhals, golf
1998 Hugo Boisvert, hockey Vanessa Wouters, volleyball
1999 Scoonie Penn, basketball Dominque Calloway, track and field
2000 Jamie Natalie, gymnastics Donica Merriman, track and field
2001 Jamie Natalie, gymnastics Donica Merriman, track & field
2002 Raj Bhavsar, gymnastics Anna Smith, softball
2003 Craig Krenzel, football Stacey Gordon, volleyball
2004 Dan Taylor, track & field Allison Hanna, golf
2005 Mike Nugent, football Stacey Gordon, volleyball
2006A.J. Hawk, footballJessica Davenport, basketball
2007Troy Smith, footballJessica Davenport, basketball#
2008Andras Horanyi, fencing Teresa Meyer, pistol
* Big Ten Jesse Owens Athlete of the Year
# Big Ten Suzy Favor Athlete of the Year