Braxton Miller Talks B1G Player of the Year Honor
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller put together one of the all-time great seasons in school history, and the sophomore was rewarded on Tuesday with the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year Award.
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Miller was also selected as the Quarterback of the Year in the Big Ten on Monday, and was voted first-team all-conference by the media, although the Big Ten coaches had him on their second team, behind Nebraska’s Taylor Martinez.
“I’m appreciative of everything that went down this year,” Miller said in an interview on Tuesday afternoon.
“It’s one step closer to all the goals I want to reach playing football. There’s a lot more things I still have to work at.”
The sophomore out of Huber Heights, Ohio set a new Ohio State rushing record for a quarterback with 1,271 yards in his first season with new head coach Urban Meyer and first-year offensive coordinator Tom Herman.
Miller threw for 15 touchdowns and ran for 13 more while throwing just six interceptions for the undefeated 12-0 Buckeyes. He improved his passing tremendously from last season, throwing for over 2,000 yards while completing 58 percent of his passes, and Miller broke Bobby Hoying’s school record for total offense with 3,310 yards this season.
“It means a lot,” Miller said.
“I’m achieving my goals. I still haven’t reached them yet. I still have a lot to work on, but Coach Meyer and Coach Herman helped me a lot to progress from last year.”
Miller became the first Ohio State player since Troy Smith back in 2006 to win the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year award. Other Buckeyes who have won the award since its inception in 1990 include Eddie George, Orlando Pace and Joe Germaine.
Ohio State’s second-year quarterback finished sixth in the Big Ten in passing yards and third in passing touchdowns. He ran for more yards than any quarterback in the conference, and trailed only three players – Le’Veon Bell, Montee Ball and Venric Mark – for the Big Ten rushing title.
The Buckeyes won’t be able to participate in the postseason this year because of a NCAA-imposed postseason ban, but Miller still has two more seasons to quarterback the Buckeyes. In his first two seasons, he has thrown for over 3,100 yards and rushed for nearly 2,000.
Miller still considered to be a candidate for the Heisman Trophy, although most experts have him on the outside looking in at a trip to New York as a finalist next month.
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