Braxton Miller Named B1G Freshman of the Year

By Jason Priestas on November 30, 2011 at 2:19p

Technically, he's the innaugural winner of the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year trophy (named for Minnesota's Darrell Thompson and Indiana's Antwaan Randle El):

A two-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree, Miller is the seventh Ohio State player to take home the conference’s Freshman of the Year accolade. The quarterback played in 11 games for the Buckeyes and started the team’s last nine games. Miller finished the regular season ranked among the conference’s top 10 in total offense with 11 passing and seven rushing touchdowns to go with 1,692 total yards.

Miller didn't earn his first start until week four when he led the Buckeyes to a 37-17 victory over Colorado and would go on to lead the team in passing as well as rushing with 695 yards on the ground.

Now just imagine what he's going to do next year in Urban Meyer's offense.


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Jason Priestas's picture

The other Buckeyes to win the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award: Pryor, Clarett, Katzenmoyer, Pace, Stringer and Robert Smith.

btalbert25's picture

Pretty impressive list there. 

Hoody Wayes's picture

Happy Birthday and Congratulations to Braxton.

Maestro's picture

Great news for Miller.  Look forward to a bright future.

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biggy84's picture

Bauserman get an award?

Big Swede's picture

I think he got the Threet-Sheridan trophy.

LABuckeye's picture

Isn't he the lead candidate for the Heisman?

buckeyedude's picture

Best beard in the B1G. Don't know what the award is named though, sorry.



LABuckeye's picture

All joking aside, I thnk I read somewhere that DARPA was trying to work on an algorithm that would allow them to set targets for Bauserman to throw at relative to enemy targets overseas. If they reach a breakthrough, which is expected sometime next year, the US military will be able to stealthily take out enemy targets from a new launch platform located in a stateside football field.

luckynewman13's picture

So...this is the best post-Michigan-loss-week ever.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Ask Penn State and Michigan fans and they'll tell you Meyer won't do much in the Big Ten. "Denial is a hell of a drug". Miller is going to shred next year.

AltaBuck's picture

Well Deserved and Happy Birthday Mr Miller!

It will be interesting to see how many people show up for the Spring Game.

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timdogdad's picture

lets do 100,000 for the spring game!!!    

BuckeyeChris's picture

I think that is a real possibility. 

jfrank373's picture

Never been to a spring game before, I am going this year. It's possible. Let's get it started now.

Buckeyejason's picture

Great honor for Braxton. Let's hope he can win the B1G player of the year next season, its definitly possible!


BuckeyeChris's picture

And I see that Cookie Monster (Hoke) won Coach of the Year. How did Dantonio not win that? scUM didn't play Wisky or PSU at all and lost to MSU.  Just sayin' ....

BuckeyeChief's picture

Sorry, but that award is a joke damn near every year.

"2014 National with it!!!"

Nappy's picture

^this.  Tress NEVER once won Coach of the Year.  If that doesn't tell you how significant this award is, nothing will.

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BuckeyeChris's picture

Yet Ferentz won it many times? Not a single championship to show for it, either. A joke is right. 

faux_maestro's picture

I'm pretty sure Iowa shared with us in '02 but we didn't play them. That was also one of Ferentz coach of the year awards.

Your mom told me she wants a Dicken Cidar.

JLP36's picture

I think that the Big 10 named that the Zook - Brewster Trophy.


Buckeye Chuck's picture

A nice honor for Braxton, and I suppose a nice line on Nick Siciliano's resume. Granted, he had nothing to do with it, but maybe he can snow a future employer.

I assume the "Thompson/Randle El Award" resulted from the need to make sure that no school in the conference felt ignored by the armada of new postseason honors? Because seriously, it's dumb. Thompson wasn't even the most prominent Big Ten running back of the '80s named "Thompson."

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doodah_man's picture

Did I miss just it or did the "world" totally miss the comment by Urban that Braxton Miller "excited" him, wanting to use a term that could not be used in public (meaning that his athletic talents made him hard).

In his response to the reporter from Bucknuts:

And to say to tell you I'm excited to coach him, I'm not using the correct adjectives.  And because there's mixed company around I'm not going to use the correct adjectives, how excited I am.
    So I think you get it, right?  Really excited. 

Not muck raking here, but it was an incredibly candid and hilarious comment.

Jim "DooDah" Day

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slippy's picture

You missed it.  Sarah mentioned that in the skully this morning.

doodah_man's picture

Thanks...slow on the uptake and a busy afternoon.

Jim "DooDah" Day

"If I were giving a young man advice as to how he might succeed in life, I would say to him, pick out a good father and mother, and begin life in Ohio.” --Wilbur Wright, 1910

onetwentyeight's picture

These hypenated names are really beginning to bug the hell out of me. Why can't we just call it the BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD. All of the B1G's recent "attempts" at tradition have fallen flat IMO. This is the BIG TEN. Everyone already KNOWS we have tradition up the a**. 

All these attempts just wind up looking artifical and forced at best and hopelessly out of touch with reality at worst. 


/end rant. 

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

If Urbz was able to do what he did with a fullback at QB (Tebow), imagine what he will do with Braxton at the controls. I cannot wait for next season...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

Bucksfan's picture

The guy single-handedly almost won us a Big Ten championship.  It looked like he was playing harder than everyone else out there combined, particularly when the game was on the line and we needed a score.

Good to have B-rax on our side!  Now, keep the hardware in your room, please.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

Bwuhahahahaha....He already has tattoos bruh!

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

JLP36's picture

Wish we could play michigan in the Spring Game.  Well deserved award for Miller.  Dude will have some hardward by the time he is done.

any award list that does not have John Simon on the first team is completely moronic and should be ignored.


JLP36's picture

Tim May was interviewed on my local sports radio yesterday (Fort Myers, FL).  I got the host to ask him how Gene Smith still had a job.  He seemed shocked at the notion that he should be fired and seemed to take it as an attack on Ohio State by a Floridian.  The host thought it was hilarious because he knows my stripes.  There has certainly been a lot of news in the last week, the worst kind and much positive.  Lost in all of it is that Gene Smith still has a job.  He is still in need of firing.  It did not take a genius to try to get Urban Meyer.  He deserves no credit for that.  Anyone would ask.  The university sold itself to Meyer, apparently long ago.  Buckeye Nation needs to remember how this crisis was only deepened and intensified by Smith.  The brand is tarnished, unnecessarily so.  Gene Smith must go.