Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller today was named the Big Ten’s Thompson-Randle El freshman of the year award winner by the conference.
Miller, from Huber Heights (Wayne), Ohio, was elevated to No.1 quarterback the fourth week of the season and started the last nine games. His stats weren’t gaudy – 1,692 total yards, with 11 touchdown pass and seven rushing TDs – but his ability to make plays, especially with his feet, was eye-catching.
“Probably the sky is the limit for him,” OSU quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said. “The kid pretty much can do any and everything you ask of him, at least that’s within reason.”
Miller capped his first regular season with his best overall performance, too, 335 yards of total offense (235 passing) in the 40-34 loss at Michigan Saturday.
“With his overall athletic ability, it is incredible the stuff he can do and how quickly he can get there,” Siciliano said. “He is really going to be incredible to watch, I believe, when the game finally slows down for him.”
Wisconsin running back Montee Ball was named the league’s Graham-George offensive player of the year, Penn State defensive lineman Devon Still was named the Nagurski-Woodson defensive player of the year, and Michigan’s Brady Hoke was named the Hayes-Schembechler (as voted on by the coaches) and Dave McClain (media vote) coach of the year.