The Big Ten announced its superlative awards on Tuesday, lauding Ohio State by granting DE John Simon the Defensive Player of the Year award and hailing QB Braxton Miller as the Offensive Player of the Year. Both men are obviously deserving of their respective awards.
It is worth pointing out, however, that Braxton Miller wasn’t even the first-team QB on the coaches’ All-Big Ten ballot released Monday; that was Taylor Martinez, Nebraska’s star junior. The media didn’t make that same mistake, of course, but still—we’re talking about a guy who was named Player of the Year by the conference and didn’t even get both First Team nods.
Here’s how that happened.
Taylor Martinez did have a pretty good year
It’s not taking anything away from Braxton Miller to note that Taylor Martinez took a major step forward as a quarterback this season. He told the college football world before the season that he was shooting for a 70 percent completion rate. The world laughed. He…
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