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Miller Named Semi-Finalist for O'Brien Award
By Rob Ogden

Braxton Miller
Photo by Dan Harker
Braxton Miller

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is one of 16 semifinalists for the Davey O'Brien Award, given annually to the nation's most outstanding quarterback.

Miller was a finalist for the award in 2012, when Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel claimed the prize.

The junior quarterback ranks first in the Big Ten in passing efficiency and third in total offense per game.

He has completed 72.5 percent of his passes this season and has thrown 15 touchdown passes to three interceptions.

Miller also has 410 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.

In his past three games, Miller has completed 59-of-74 passing attempts for 707 yards and nine touchdowns.

Miller has thrown for 1,316 yards in six full games this season.

Troy Smith is the only Buckeye to ever win the award, which debuted in 1981.

Smith threw for 2,542 yards, 30 touchdowns and six interceptions in his Heisman Trophy-winning year of 2006. He completed 65.3 percent of his passes that season, which currently stands as a school record.

Other semifinalists for the award include Manziel, Clemson's Tajh Boyd, Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater, Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch, Oregon's Marcus Mariota, Alabama's AJ McCarron, and Florida State's Jameis Winston.

Three finalists for the award will be announced Nov. 25 and a winner will be named during the College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12.

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