Braxton Miller Named 2013 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

By Kyle Rowland on December 3, 2013 at 5:35p
Braxton Miller was named the 2013 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year

For the second consecutive season, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been named the Big Ten’s offensive player of the year. Miller has been the catalyst for one of the nation’s most prolific offenses, accounting for 2,650 total yards and 29 touchdowns.

Miller, a first-team All-Big Ten selection and the conference’s quarterback of the year, has completed 65.7 percent of his passes for 1,759 yards with 21 passing touchdowns and five interceptions. An additional 891 yards and eight touchdowns have been gained on the ground.

All that has been done in nine games as Miller was sidelined for three games in September with an MCL sprain. He’s just 166 total yards shy of 8,000 for his career and he needs 44 passing yards to surpass 5,000 passing yards for his career.

Miller leads the Big Ten in passing efficiency with a 164.3 rating and is also atop the conference in total offense per game at 295 yards.

The last repeat winner on offense was Indiana running back Anthony Thompson in 1988-89. Ohio State linebacker James Laurinaitis, in 2007-08, is the last to repeat on either side of the ball.


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Mute's picture

Braxton wins weirdest outfit of the day award

Jonnferrell's picture

Yeah, that was quite the duds. An olympic slicker and an Expos hat?

"I miss Brady Hoke."

thekornidentity's picture

First player to win the award two years in a row!

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

Did you read the article above?

thekornidentity's picture

My bad. The official B1G football twitter account @B1Gfootball tweeted that Brax was the first player to win two consecutive B1G Offensive player of the year awards and I thought they were pretty reliable. I guess not.

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

RedStorm45's picture

I think it may have to do with the actual name of the award. They changed the names recently I believe.

Youngbuck85's picture

Good to see brax having a little fun on the camera. He had one hell of a year

Doc's picture

Good on ya Braxton, now get back to work and beat Sparty!

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RedStorm45's picture

Could have easily been El Guapo.
edit: DVs for having an opinion?

EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Seriously. The down votes here are the work of mouth-breathers. Redstorm's point was a compliment to both Hyde and the Buckeyes.

Ahh Saturday's picture

If Braxton comes back, wonder what he'll have to do for the three-peat.

GoBucks10's picture

Shazier = robbed

"Because I couldn't go for three."  - Woody Hayes

TilstheHun3's picture

BS Awards Once Again... We all know this is how it should have gone:
Griffin/Smith/George Offensive Player of the Year: Braxton Miller (El Guapo Runner Up)
Spielman/Tatum/Hawk Defensive Player of the Year: RDS
(Not even close, no honorable mentions necessary)
Katzenmoyer/Clarett/Pace Freshman of the Year: Bosa, Dontre, or EzE (for this hit)

Hayes/Tressel/Meyer Coach of the Year: UFM
^ biggest BS award the B1G even has...
Anyway, I think that's how it should have gone down.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

TilstheHun3's picture

By the way, Nick Peterson isn't the only person busy on Twitter tonight... I let the B1G know what I think about these awards:

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

Haybucks's picture

I like the way you think.  Bosa deserved consideration for coming in and dominating.  He replaced Diesel Washington for crying out loud!  Who did Hackenbeg beat out?  Topper, how did the Bosa-Hackenberg duel turn out?  Bosa knows.

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Buckeye_Ryan's picture

X-Brax 360!

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Absolutely robbed in the rest of the awards.......unreal. anyone have Borland s numbers compared to shazier?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

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Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Why did they say he had over 100 tackles?

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

Scarlet_Lutefisk's picture

Shazier - 84 solo, 38 asst, 122 total
Borland - 64 solo, 38 asst, 102 total

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

I' idiot

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

nrbuckguy's picture

The 64 and 85 are the number of solo tackles they each had. The numbers over 100 were total tackles they had and Shazier led that category by like 20 too.

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Buckeye419er's picture

Anyone else think Braxton looked exhausted? I swear his eyes were gonna close at any moment during that interview. No bueno.

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UrbanCulture's picture

Gotta think OSU's overall poor defense had an impact on the voters.

Sean N's picture

Probably.  And no one -- absolutely no one -- was paying attention to that Wisconsin choke job against Penn State.  Everybody was still talking about the OSU-Michigan game and watching the Auburn-Bama game.  I don't think they even had highlights on sportscenter.

Sean N's picture

Good for Braxton, but I firmly believe that Hyde is the offensive MVP on this team.

throttlefinger's picture

And it's almost comical how they overlooked The Buckeyes for Coach of the Year. Just more fuel for Saturday. 

andyb's picture

The real Joke is Borland over Shazier....I want to know what the voters' deciding factors are when they pick that player....Cause I know RDS has better numbers in every major category over Borland and its not even close.

ih8rolltyde's picture

They must not have noticed #10 beasting early in the year was the guy wearing #2 beasting in the latter part.

(Not a shot at CB at all) by the way, any chance Bryant could be available for bowl game?

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andyb's picture

I have heard it was a possibility depending on when he's able to start running full speed on the repaired ankle...if all goes according to plan this weekend that would give him exactly a month to get back into game shape and learn any new scheme since his injury.
If I had to guess I would put the probability at about 25%-30% chance he starts...and 75%-85% chance he gets in the game in some capacity.

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Any shot at posting the Braxton interview?

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you." -Woody Hayes-

ArizonaBuckeye's picture

Thank You Sir

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BuckeyeDynasty's picture

Congrats to Braxton, personally i thought it should of went to El Guapo, but they are both deserving.
By the way, Borland winning linebacker/defensive player of the year Award is a total joke, it honestly makes a mockery of the whole Award system, to put it frankly, Shazier's numbers shit on Borlands numbers, and its not even close, you also wont find a better person in the B10 than Shazier, great player and leader, it pains me to see him robbed of his due. But Borland is a 5th year Senior so i guess they give it to him as a sort of Career Achievement Award, even though hes not close to being the Player that Shazier is, which is BS IMO.

Doc's picture

RDS got jobbed. No two ways around it.  "Now go use that as tackling fuel."

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hansman's picture

Mewhort may have gotten robbed the worst. And, then there was Meyer. At least Shazier and Meyer had damn good competition (which they were clearly better than but at least they were very capable foes). But, Lewan over Mewhort? Seriously??

hansman's picture

After looking at Shazier's numbers vs. Borlands's again, I am with now with you though. That was clearly as bad if not the worst of the three.

MN Buckeye's picture

Congratulations, Braxton!

EnlistedBuckeye's picture

Don't care ill be the one to say it. Braxton deserves serious serious talk in the Heisman running. the award is for the best player in college football. We can all argue Hyde is pretty darn special, but I think Braxton being a QB will go a lot farther. When you go ahead and be a nerd about it his stats are truly on par with the other names they were throwing around. Lets be honest they were mentioning AJ Mccarron...and Braxton has had better numbers than AJ with 3 less games. Forget the stats though! Braxton makes you hold your breath every single time he holds down his turbo button  My apologies ive now been told the turbo button is held down for you uppon scrambling. Ohh never mind he does hold down the turbo button in this years version. Hei5man end of story #imout #rage #Elevenwarriorswhyounohavehashtags

JohnnyBuckeye's picture

Way to  Braxton! 

Go Bucks


BuckeyeEd's picture

In defense of Borland, not saying he deserved it more than Shazier, but he is the only one all year that stood up Mr.Hyde......What a collision that was.....Do you all remember the Hit? If you can meet El Guapo head on and win you are a Man.....That Hit alone is worth 5 TFLs in my book.

Scott K's picture

Can you imagine how bad the D would be without RDS?

"There's a fine line between stupid, and....clever.  David St. Hubbins/Nigel Tufnel

BuckeyeDynasty's picture

The thought alone makes me tremble, please don't jinx us lol

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Braxton Miller was presented his award by none other than B1G COY Kirk Ferentz.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

TMac's picture

Former 11W staff.....

ONE Not Done!

Idaho Helga's picture

Sarah, you hit the nail on the head.  Serpico is still a favorite.
Tressel never won COY of the year award in  the Big 10. It is so unbelievable. "Question: In Which years did Jim Tressel win COY in the B1G? Answer: Never! Ferentz was always better!"
Urban is 24-0 yet someone else is better than he is.  Whutev'.  We'll keep going to the best bowl game or nat'l champ game the B1G can muster (because of us) and B1G can keep handing out nice soccer ribbons to those who really tried.
That being said, I like Dantonio so no hard feelings but this award is a joke.

southernstatesbuckeye's picture

I really believe that the Heisman process should include the consideration of losing those three cupcake games, in which Miller would have padded these impressive stats. 
Given that his stats have come against primarily conference clashes, and Winston's and everybody else's have been gifted with their own cupcakes, Braxton's resume is so much better looking when viewed that way. 
And this is a year in which they may very well be hoping for someone to silence the Winston dilemma. 
Braxton Miller is the logical answer to that.  A superhuman day in Indianapolis would do it.

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EvanstonBuckeye's picture

Sarah's point is salient. Also, the perceived notion is that the B1G is a one-trick pony. If the Buckeyes sweep offense, defense, COY, etc., it only reinforces the notion. Sucks for the players, but it's a mindset.

KBonay's picture

Had this in another thread, but he certainly looks the part of another trophy..

OSUNEA1986's picture

That's a beautiful thing! I do think he's worthy of the Heisman, at least in the way I understand the intention of the award...but apparently I'm old school.

ScarletNGrey01's picture

Congrats to Braxton!  Two more huge games to go this season, and come back next season to perfect your passing game and maybe pick up the Heisman as well as getting us into the four team playoffs.

The will to win is not as important as the will to prepare to win. -- Woody Hayes

nm_buck's picture

Braxton looks waaaay more natural in that pic than that dumbass Heismann winner from scUM.....

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

will0327's picture

Best player in the country watch