Braxton Miller Wins Silver Football, Still Considering NFL Draft

On Thursday night, Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported that Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, which is awarded annually to the Big Ten’s best player.

According to Marcus Hartman of Fox Sports Ohio, the junior signal-caller, who has won 22 of 23 games as a starter for the Buckeyes over the last two years, is still considering an early jump to the NFL.

Miller has had a sensational junior season despite missing most of three games after suffering an MCL sprain early in the year. He completed 63.2 percent of his passes for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns (five interceptions) to complement 1,033 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground.

Greenstein’s article notes that Miller received the award as an affirmation of his hard work and drive to keep getting better.

“That is just crazy,” Miller said. “I look at that as a prime example of why I need to keep doing my thing.”

Miller, who won the Silver Football as a sophomore, became just the fourth player in history to win the award in back-to-back years, joining Minnesota’s Paul Giel (1952-53), Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1973-74) and Indiana’s Anthony Thompson (1988-89).

Whether he decides to make a run at a third is yet to be seen.

Miller told Greenstein that he still has a lot to consider.

“It’s tough,” Miller said. “I’ve really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons….

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