Football

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Braxton Miller

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Huber Heights, Ohio

High School:
Wayne

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 215

Position:
QB

Braxton  Miller

Ohio State Overview: Braxton Miller is a fifth-year senior who red-shirted the 2014 season after re-injuring his throwing shoulder in August 2014 … he had initially injured his shoulder during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl and had surgery on it Feb. 21, 2014 … his focus this spring was to continue to get healthy … Miller, when healthy, can be a contender and possibly even a leading contender for all of the major national awards, be it most outstanding performer, most valuable player and/or outstanding quarterback … he already has won more Big Ten Conference Awards - seven - than any player in Big Ten history, including two Chicago Tribune Big Ten MVP awards to join Indiana’s Anthony Thompson (1988 & 1989), Ohio State’s Archie Griffin (1973 & 1974) and Minnesota’s Paul Giel (1952 & 1953) as the only two-time winners of the Silver Football … Miller could become just the 10th player in NCAA Division I history to rush for 40 touchdowns and pass for 40 touchdowns … he enters the 2015 season the holder of seven school records and he could break no less than eight additional career marks, including wins by a starting quarterback (he has 26 and needs 11 to pass Art Schlichter), passing yards (he has 5,292 and needs 2,256 to top Schlichter), touchdown passes (he has 52 and needs six to top Bobby Hoying), total offensive yards (he has 8,346 and needs just 505 to top Schlichter) and touchdowns responsible for (he has 84 and needs two to top Schlichter) … he could also climb to as high as No. 2 in Ohio State history in the storied categories of rushing yards (he has 3,054 and needs 715 for No. 2), rushing touchdowns (he has 32 and needs 15 for No. 2) and 100-yard rushing games (he has 15 and needs six for No. 2) … Miller has 40 rushes over 20 yards, including seven over 50 yards (81/TD vs. Indiana in 2011; 72 vs. Nebraska in 2012; 70/TD vs. Illinois in 2013; 67/TD vs. Indiana in 2012; 65/TD vs. Miami in 2012; 55/TD vs. Cal in 2012; 53/TD vs. Michigan in 2013) ... he also has 81 completions over 20 yards, including 19 over 40 yards and nine over 50 … Miller, who is 22-2 in his last 24 starts and has seven wins over Top 25 teams, graduated in the Fall of 2014 with a degree in communications.

2013 Season (Junior): Miller was named the Chicago Tribune’s Most Valuable Player and thus earned the coveted Silver Football trophy as the Big Ten’s MVP for the second consecutive year … he threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for an additional 1,068 yards and 12 scores, and was the first repeat winner of the Silver Football in 24 years … Miller also repeated in 2013 as both the Big Ten’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and the Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year … he directed a record-smashing Ohio State offense flawlessly and to national rankings of fifth in rushing (308.6 ypg), third in scoring (45.5), seventh in total offense (511.9 ypg) and 10th in pass efficiency (158.8 rating) … the offense shattered school single season records for points scored (637), touchdowns (87) and touchdown passes (38), and it scored the third-most rushing touchdowns in school history (45) ... Miller lead the Big Ten and was 13th nationally in passing efficiency (158.1) and he finished ninth in the 2013 Heisman Trophy voting … he accounted for five touchdowns in the win over Michigan (three rushing and two TD passes) to tie a personal best …he rushed for 100-or more yards five times ... he tied a career high with four touchdown passes in the win over Wisconsin to earn Big Ten player of the week honors … he rushed for 144 yards with two flying, head-first touchdowns, and he passed for 160 yards and two more scores to power the Buckeyes to a 42-0 lead over Indiana and an eventual 42-14 victory … he rushed for 184 yards and one touchdown - a 70-yard run just 36 seconds into the game - and threw for 150 yards and two scores in the Buckeyes’ 60-35 win over Illinois … he was 22 of 27 passing for 222 yards and two TDs, plus 102 rushing yards, in the win vs. Iowa … accounted for five TDs vs. Penn State and threw for a career-high 252 yards in less than three quarters and was named Big Ten player of the week … missed nearly three full games after injuring his knee during the first series of the San Diego State game that caused him to miss the rest of that game and the next two.

2012 Season (Sophomore): Miller ran, passed and lead the Buckeyes to just the sixth unbeaten, untied season in school history - 12-0 - with a school-record 3,310 yards of total offense … he was fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting, and he was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award (along with Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel and Kansas State’s Collin Klein) and the Manning Award (one of 10) … he threw for 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns and rushed for a school-quarterback record (and second-most in Big Ten history) 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns … he was named the Chicago Tribune Big Ten Conference MVP and awarded its Silver Football … also was named the Big Ten’s Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, joining Eddie George, Orlando Pace, Joe Germaine and Troy Smith as Ohio State honorees, and he was awarded the conference’s Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year award as well … he ranked second in the Big Ten in total offense (275.8 ypg), fourth in rushing (and 24th nationally at 105.9 ypg) and fourth in passing efficiency … had a high game of 249 yards passing (vs. Cal) and he had seven 100-yard rushing games with a school quarterback record 186 yards vs. Nebraska (2012) … also had 161 yards rushing vs. Miami and 149 vs. Indiana … set a school-record with five games of 300-or-more yards of total offense, topped by a 390-yard effort vs. Cal that netted him Big Ten player of the week honors … perhaps the best Braxton Miller note from Ohio State’s undefeated 2012 campaign: he led the team to a touchdown EVERY TIME the Buckeyes needed one most:

  • After 10-win Central Florida tied the score at 10-all, Miller scored from the 6 with 15 seconds to play in the first half of a game the Buckeyes would win, 31-16;
  • Miller rallied the Buckeyes twice vs. Cal; after trailing, 21-20, in the fourth quarter (TD pass to Jake Stoneburner) and again after Cal tied the score at 28-all, hitting Devin Smith with a 72-yard score with 3:26 left to play;
  • He drove Ohio State for scores after Alabama-Birmingham took a 9-0 lead and again after UAB led 12-7; Miller’s 12-yard TD run gave Ohio State the lead for good, 14-12, in the 29-15 win;
  • Miller found Devin Smith in stride for a 63-yard touchdown moments after 20th-ranked Michigan State went up 13-10 late in the third quarter;
  • After 20th-ranked Nebraska went up 17-7 in the second quarter, Miller exploded on a 72-yard rush to the Cornhusker 3 that set up a Carlos Hyde score, the first of four consecutive OSU TDs;
  • He burst 67 yards for a touchdown after Indiana had closed to within 24-17, and he led a TD drive after IU came to within 31-24 in the third quarter;
  • After Purdue led, 6-0, Miller scored on an 8-yard run, and after Purdue led, 13-7, he directed an 80-yard TD drive;
  • After Penn State led, 7-0, late in the first half, Miller’s 33-yard gain set OSU up first-and goal and the team converted, and after PSU closed to within 14-10, Miller scored on a highlight-reel touchdown from the 1 to give OSU a 21-10 lead on the way to a 35-23 road win in front of more than 107,000;
  • Miller rushed for 12 of the 25 yards during the overtime drive for a TD against Wisconsin; and
  • Two series after Michigan took a 14-10 lead, Miller connected with Corey Brown on an 18-yard touchdown pass play to put the Buckeyes up, 17-14, in a game the Buckeyes would win, 26-21.
2011 Season (Freshman): Miller took over the starting quarterback duties in the fourth game of the season against Colorado and quickly became the team’s outstanding offensive player … he threw for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns as a true freshman and he led the team in rushing with 715 yards and seven touchdowns, statistics that enabled him to earn the Big Ten Conference’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award … he was named by the Ohio State coaches as the team’s Archie Griffin outstanding offensive player (an honor he also won in 2012), and he was awarded the team’s outstanding first-year offensive player award as well … his fourth major honor that season was being named 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year by the College FB Performance Awards, an honor previously won by South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore and Oregon’s LaMichael James … Miller became increasingly dangerous as a runner as the season progressed with 100-yard games in three of the last four regular season games … he set a school record for a quarterback with an 81-yard touchdown run vs. Indiana … he had a team-best three 100-yard rushing games (105 yards against both Indiana and Penn State, and he had 100 vs. Michigan) … he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week twice: the first time after the dramatic win over Wisconsin when he completed a 40-yard touchdown pass to Devin Smith with 40 seconds to play and rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns … he also won the Big Ten’s weekly frosh award after his 335 yards of total offense vs. Michigan … in addition to the Wisconsin effort, his late-game heroics included leading the Buckeyes to a game-tying touchdown with 55 seconds left to play against Purdue … on fourth-and-13 he found Jordan Hall in the end zone for the dramatic score that led to overtime against the Boilermakers … he also led the Buckeyes on a five-play, 80-yard touchdown drive midway through the fourth quarter to help the team close the score to within three against Michigan.

More on Braxton: Miller was a highly-regarded quarterback who led Wayne High to the 2010 Division I state title game … he passed for 2,167 yards and 17 TDs, and rushed for 658 yards 17 more TDs as a senior for Coach Jay Minton … had a career record of 31-7 as a starting quarterback … Ohio Mr. Football finalist and first team all-state … Under Armour All-American game … basketball letterman … the son of Kelly and Kevin Miller … youngest of three siblings (Brion and Bailey) … has a young son, Landon … enrolled at Ohio State in January 2009.

BRAXTON MILLER MAJOR AWARDS & HONORS
2013 - Chicago Tribune Big Ten MVP (Silver Football Award)
2013 - Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year
2013 - Big Ten Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year
2013 - All-Big Ten (coaches and media)
2012 - Chicago Tribune Big Ten MVP (Silver Football Award)
2012 - Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year
2012 - Big Ten Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year
2012 - All-Big Ten (media)
2012 - Finalist for Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award
2011 - Big Ten Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year
2011 - National Freshman of the Year (CFB Performance Awards)

BRAXTON MILLER IN THE RECORD BOOKS
National

  • Needs eight rushing TDs to become 10th player in D-I with 40 rushing and 40 passing touchdowns

    Big Ten

  • Third among QBs in rushing yards (3,054)
  • Sixth in passing efficiency (146.7)
  • First in conference awards (7)
  • Has 2nd- and 6th-highest single season QB rushing totals
  • Needs 23 TD passes for No. 2 ranking in Big Ten history
  • Needs 3,445 offensive yards for No. 2 ranking in Big Ten history

    Ohio State

  • Fourth in wins by starting QB (26)
  • Eighth in passing yards (5,292)
  • Fourth in touchdown passes (52)
  • Fourth in passing efficiency (139.7)
  • Fourth in completion percentage (59.3)
  • Eighth in pass attempts (666)
  • Sixth in pass completions (395)
  • Ninth in passing yards per game (133.2)
  • Eighth in 200-yard passing games (10)
  • Second in total offense (8,346)
  • Second in total offense per game (231.8)
  • Second in touchdowns responsible for (84)
  • First in 200-yard total offense games (22)
  • First in 300-yard total offense games (10)
  • Eighth in rushing yards (3,054)
  • First in rushing yards by quarterback (3,054)
  • First in single season rush yards by QB (1,271 in 2012)
  • Seventh in rushing touchdowns (32)
  • Seventh in 100-yard rushing games (14)
  • One of seven Buckeyes with multiple 1,000-yard rushing seasons

    Career Records In Reach…

  • Wins by starting QB (needs 11)
  • Passing yards (needs 2,256)
  • Pass attempts (needs 286)
  • Pass completions (needs 104)
  • Touchdown passes (needs six)
  • 200-yard passing games (needs seven)
  • Total offense (needs 505)
  • TDs responsible for (needs two)

    MILLER’S CAREER PASSING STATS

    YEARG-GSATTCMPINTPCT.YDSTDLG
    201112-1015785454.111591354
    201212-12254148658.320391572
    201312-12255162763.520942458
    Tot.36-346663951759.352925272

    MILLER’S CAREER RUSHING STATS

    YEARG-GSATTYDSAVG.TDLG
    201112-101597154.5781
    201212-1222712715.61372
    201312-1217110686.21270
    Tot.36-3455730545.53281

    MILLER’S CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE STATS

    YEARG-GSPLRUPATOTAVG.
    201112-1031671511591874156.2
    201212-12481127120393310275.8
    201312-12426106820943162263.5
    Tot.36-341223305452928346231.8

    CAREER BESTS Most Comp............................. 22 vs. Iowa (10/19/13)
    Most Attempts........................ 30 vs. California (9/15/12)
    Most Yds Passing................... 252 vs. Penn State (10/26/13)
    Most TD passes...................... 4 (3x) last at Purdue (11/2/13)
    Longest Completion................ 72/TD (2x) last at Penn State (10/27/12)
    Most Yds. Rushing................. 186 vs. Nebraska (10/6/12)
    Most Rushing Attempts.......... 27 vs. UCF (9/8/12)
    Longest Rush.......................... 81 (TD) vs. Indiana (11/5/11)
    Most rushing TDs................... 3 (2x) last at Michigan (11/30/13)
    Total Offense.......................... 368 vs. Miami, Ohio (9/1/12)

    GAME-BY-GAME PASSING
    2013

    GameAtt.Comp.Int.Pct.YardsTD
    Buffalo1522168.21782
    SDSU220100.0300
    At CalDNP
    FAMUDNP
    Wiscon.1725068.01984
    NU1526157.72030
    Iowa2227081.52222
    Penn St.1824075.02523
    Purdue1923182.62334
    Illinois1329044.81502
    Indiana1117164.71602
    Michigan615140.01332
    MSU821038.11011
    Clemson2416266.72342

    2012

    GameAtt.Comp.Int.Pct.YardsTD
    Miami1424058.32072
    UCF1824175.01551
    Cal1630153.32494
    UAB1220060.01430
    MSU1623169.61791
    Nebraska714050.01271
    Indiana1324154.22112
    Purdue920145.01130
    Penn St.719136.81431
    Illinois1220060.02262
    Wiscon.1018055.6971
    Michigan1418077.81890

    2011

    GameAtt.Comp.Int.Pct.YardsTD
    Akron812066.71301
    ToledoDNP
    Miami24150.0220
    Colorado513038.5832
    MSU510150.0560
    Nebraska58062.5951
    Illinois14025.0171
    Wisconsin712058.3891
    Indiana511145.5550
    Purdue81844.41322
    Penn St.717041.2831
    Michigan1425156.02352
    Florida1823078.31622

    GAME-BY-GAME RUSHING
    2013

    GameAtt.YardsTD
    Buffalo17770
    SDSU150
    CalDNP
    FAMUDNP
    Wiscon.22830
    NU17680
    Iowa181020
    PSU11682
    Purdue170
    Illinois161841
    Indiana131442
    Michigan161533
    MSU211422
    Clemson18492

    2012

    GameAtt.YardsTD
    Miami171611
    UCF271411
    Cal12751
    UAB11642
    MSU231360
    Nebraska161861
    Indiana231491
    Purdue12471
    Penn St.251342
    Illinois18731
    Wiscon.23480
    Michigan20570

    2011

    GameAtt.YardsTD
    Akron6300
    ToledoDNP
    Miami7320
    Colorado17830
    MSU9270
    Nebraska10910
    Illinois12340
    Wiscon.19992
    Indiana141052
    Purdue16431
    Penn St.181051
    Michigan161001
    Florida15200

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