Miller Repeats as B1G MVP

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Miller Repeats as B1G MVP
By Rob Ogden

Thursday, quarterback Braxton Miller became just the fourth player in Big Ten history to win the Chicago Tribune's Big Ten Most Valuable Player Award multiple times.

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Miller became the first repeat winner of the Silver Football trophy in 24 years.

“I am honored to receive this award for a second time,” Miller said. “This honor is as much about the play of the entire offense as it is about my play. The offensive line, Carlos (Hyde), our receivers. Everyone played at a high level this year and I am fortunate to have such great teammates and coaches.”

The junior quarterback threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns along with five interceptions and added 1,033 yards and 10 scores on the ground this season.

Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1988, 1989) was the last player to win the award more than once. Archie Griffin (1973, 1974) is the only previous Buckeye to do so since the award's inception in 1924.

“I am incredibly proud of Braxton,” coach Urban Meyer said. “To be one of only four players to win this award twice is a testament to the exceptional young man we have quarterbacking the Buckeyes.”

Buckeyes have won the award a total of 17 times. Other recent Ohio State players to win the award include quarterback Troy Smith in 2006, quarterback Joe Germaine in 1998, offensive tackle Orlando Pace in 1996 and running back Eddie George in 1995.

The award is voted on by the Big Ten coaches, and Miller appeared on 10 of the ballots. He received nine first-place votes.

Coaches are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland finished second in voting with three first-place votes and four second-place votes.

Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde came in third with four-second place votes.

Wisconsin's Jared Abbrederis and Melvin Gordon also received votes.

Voting took place prior to the Big Ten championship game.

Regarding the decision of whether to enter the NFL draft or return for his senior season, Miller told the Chicago Tribune, “It’s tough; I just don’t know,” he said. “I’ve really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons. I’ll talk to my parents, take it slow. Hopefully ball out on January 3rd and see what the scouts are looking at.”

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