Miller Claims Silver Football Again

Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller became the fourth player to win the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, awarded to the best player in the Big Ten, more than once. He joined former Buckeye Archie Griffin in that club, and may have a chance to become the first to win it three times if he returns for his senior season in 2014.

The awards continue to roll in for Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller, who on Thursday was named as the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football for a second consecutive year.

Per the Tribune, it marks just the fourth time in history that a player has managed to win the award, given to the best player in the Big Ten, on two occasions. Miller joins Minnesota quarterback Paul Giel (1952-53), Buckeyes running back Archie Griffin (73-74) and Indiana running back Anthony Thompson (1988-89).

In helping the Buckeyes to a 12-1 record this season, Miller put up some staggering offensive numbers. He threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns, finishing with just five interceptions while completing 63.2 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 1,033 yards and 10 scores, topping 1,000 yards on the ground for the second straight season.

The award boosted his lead atop the all-time list of major conference awards with seven, besting former Buckeye and college football hall of famer Orlando Pace, who received five such honors over the course of his storied career in Columbus. Miller collected the Silver Football, Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and Big Ten Quarterback of the Year in both 2012 and 2013, while also claiming Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors in 2011.

Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players, but according to the Tribune, Miller appeared on 10 of the 11 ballots in which he was eligible, with nine of those coming in as first-place votes. Wisconsin linebacker and Dayton native Chris Borland finished second, while OSU senior running back Carlos Hyde placed third. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer's nod went to Borland, the only player other than Miller to collect a first-place vote.

One accolade that Miller won't be able to add to his trophy case is the Heisman trophy. He was not among the six finalists who will attend the ceremony in New York on Saturday. Previously, however, Meyer had given his support to the signal caller, who missed nearly three full games due to a left-knee injury sustained against San Diego State.

"I think he's Heisman worthy," Meyer said. "I can't compare him to the other guys because his stats probably aren't as good. I haven't even looked at that. But I think I've been around a Heisman Trophy quarterback and certainly Braxton is in that conversation."

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