Braxton Miller Captures the Chicago Tribune Silver Football. Again.

By Jason Priestas on December 12, 2013 at 1:48p
Miller captured his second Silver Football after leading Ohio State to a 12-1 record.

For 89 years, the Chicago Tribune has handed out the Silver Football to the college football player determined to be the best player from the Big Ten Conference.

For the second season in a row, Braxton Miller is that player.

The Ohio State quarterback captured 2013 Silver Football, earning votes from nine of the 12 league coaches. In doing so, he joins Ohio State's Archie Griffin (1973-74), Indiana's Anthony Thompson (1988-89) and Minnesota's Paul Giel (1952-53) as the only two-time winners of the award. Should Miller choose to return for his senior season, there's a pretty good chance he could become the only three-time winner.

Miller threw for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns and had a career-best 63 percent completion rate. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and an additional 10 touchdowns. Last week, Miller was named the Big Ten's offensive player of the year and quarterback of the year for a second straight season.

Among the topics Miller discussed were his NFL prospects, which is at the forefront of discussions for many Ohio State fans.

“It’s tough; I just don’t know. 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.”

Here's just one of the many plays that earned Miller the Silver Football.


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BuckeyeSouth's picture

Congrats, Braxton!

Champions.  Undisputed.  

jeremytwoface's picture

And when we win the game, we'll buy a keg of boooooooooze!! And we'll drink to old Ohio 'till we wobble in our shoes.

GoBucksOSU's picture

Archie did not win it his senior season? Who won it in 1975?

brylee's picture

that's funny!!!  smart ass answer, but funny nonetheless.

brumon's picture

Sorry, couldn't resist

BuckeyeinSavannah's picture

I love this response.

ATXbucknut's picture

...and says he's not sure about coming back next year.  I thought he had already committed himself to coming back.

Speaking to the Tribune, Miller said he isn't sure if he'll be back to try to win a record third award.
He said he is "getting tired" of the hits he takes running the ball as a quarterback, and he is very aware he will lose four starting offensive linemen next year.
"I’ve really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons," Miller told the Tribune. "I’ll talk to my parents, take it slow. Hopefully ball out on January 3rd and see what the scouts are looking at.”

Bucks1's picture

Don't do it Brax

"I will pound you and pound you until you quit." - Woody Hayes

Maestro's picture

Congrats young man.

vacuuming sucks

bishop072's picture

He also mentioned that the running backs are "on scholarship too".

Getting tired off toting the rock? Fair enough. Hot Rod Smith and Zeke can carry the load

OSUBias's picture

That sounded pretty lukewarm (at best) on the idea of coming back. Tough choice for the guy, injury prone throughout his career and a young family to look after. Guess it depends on his draft prospects. Gotta think he's taken a hit throwing the ball at ~50% over the last 4 games, and at a horrid clip against the closest thing to an NFL defense (MSU).

7 yards and a cloud of dust is a beautiful thing

HotSauceCommittee's picture

But, But, But....Braxton isn't a good quarterback, he can't throw, we would be better off without him, completion percentage MUCK, garble garble whoosh, stinks, overrated, bad! 
Whatever man! Braxton improved this season and will improve more if he sticks around for his senior season.
Congrats XBrax! You make us Buckeye fans proud!

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

As he should.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

RedStorm45's picture

All Braxton has to do is look at his November performances throwing the ball.
Odd comments about RB's on scholarship.  Hyde DID run the ball quite a bit (until the 2nd half in Indy).  I mean, if he legit runs a 4.4 then he'll need to run it some.  Hopefully he can come back and put together a Troy Smith '06 type regular season.  Using his legs more to extend plays and only running downfield when necessary.  He could also, ya know, slide sometimes.

TilstheHun3's picture

I'd love for him to come back and have a 'Troy Smith' type season... I'd also like to see Brax get drafted higher than the 5th Round. Troy never got a fair crack in the NFL in my opinion.
I want to see Brax hold this baby up:

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?

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

What I think might be even cooler would be if his version of a Troy Smith season involved more than 2500 passing yards and 300 rushing yards.  What a meager Heisman campaign...but I still love the guy.  But I still think a 3000/1000 season is just more soothing on the eyes.

Kevbo714's picture

Come back for 3!!!

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

If he is on the fence, I'm sure the Chicago Tribune Silver Surfer dildo award will pull him back to Ohio State.  It won't be the opportunity to skyrocket his draft status ;)

Buckeyejason's picture

Congrats on the award.
As far as him leaving early for the draft..that's career suicide. All these guys are going ahead of him:
Bridgewater, Carr, Fales, Hundley, Manziel, Boyd, Mccerron, mettenburger, Murray..
Id tell him come back, get your degree..keep improving pocket skills and be OSU's greatest QB of all time.


BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

That's awesome for Braxton.
But Carlos Hyde truly deserved that award.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Well done Braxton, congratulations!

mtrotb's picture

Braxton now has won 7 individual Big Ten awards, most ever.  Orlando Pace won 5 and he is in 2nd place.
Fr-Big Ten Frosh POY
So-QB of the year, offensive POY, Silver Football
Jr-QB of the year, offensive POY, Silver Football


M Man's picture

Congratulations to Braxton Miller.  He'd have gotten my vote for the silver football had I been a Tribune voter.
A strong runner-up: Max Bullough of Michigan State.

BuckeyeAtHeart22's picture

And give your team some credit Devin Gardner was probably one of the top 25 QBs in the conference.
Haha just messin with ya I just fuckin hate your favorite team.

llong83's picture

LMAO!!!!!!!!! As much as I hate these dudes...gotta respect a guy coming on all O-State thread and keeping it respectful...salude

Buckeyes...or Nothing

WOLFofOHIO's picture

Take a bow braxton..One more year.

there is no greater joy than watching Michigan get slammed. in anything

CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Congratulations Braxton!!!
Go Bucks!!

OSUStu's picture

"So I went to the Whitehouse--AGAIN--and met the President--AGAIN"
Congrats Brax.

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

d5k's picture

I know people have said "If Herman comes back then Braxton does too" but it seems like he is still not that close with Herman if he would make these thinly veiled criticisms of his playcalling choices.  We should be well aware that Herman has the philosophy of "when in doubt, run #5" especially in the big games.  Earlier in the year it seemed like we would be rarely running designed QB runs but then we switched to that the last few weeks likely due to schematic issues/matchups and lack of confidence in the passing game.

llong83's picture

Miller couldnt throw the medium or short ball 2nd half of the season. I dont know what happened, but our money play, the deep in or crossing route with Smith, couldnt connect. Several times Brax just threw the ball way over the WR's head...he's got to work on that...

Buckeyes...or Nothing