Jan. 7, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Braxton Miller was honored today by the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) as its 2011 National Freshman Performer of the Year. Recipients of the CFPA awards are chosen based on the extent they increase the overall effectiveness of their team.
It is the fourth significant award won by Miller, the freshman quarterback from Huber Heights, Ohio, this season. He has previously been named the Big Ten Conference's Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year, and at Ohio State's annual team banquet in December, he was named the Archie Griffin outstanding offensive player as well as the team's outstanding first-year offensive player.
Miller started the final 10 games this season for Ohio State and threw for 1,159 yards with a freshman school-record 13 touchdowns. He completed 54.1 percent of his passes (85 of 157) with just four interceptions. He had a season-high 18 completions (23 attempts) vs. Florida in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl and he had a season high 235 passing yards vs. Michigan in the regular season finale. He had two touchdown passes in games against Colorado, Purdue, Michigan and Florida.
Miller also led the Buckeyes in rushing with 715 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Included was a school-record (by a quarterback) 81-yard touchdown run vs. Indiana. He rushed for more than 100 yards a team-best three times with 105 yards against Indiana and Penn State, respectively, and 100 vs. Michigan.
The National Freshman Performer of the Year Award, won by South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore last season and Oregon's LaMichael James in 2009, comes with a 22-inch K9 optic crystal tower topped with an eight-inch K9 optic crystal football.