Nov. 30, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State freshman quarterback Braxton Miller, from Huber Heights, Ohio, was today named the Big Ten Conference’s Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year. The award is named in honor of Darrell Thompson, from the University of Minnesota, and Indiana University’s Antwaan Randle El.
Miller, who became Ohio State’s starting quarterback in the fourth game of the season, threw for 997 yards this season with 11 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He completed 50 percent of his attempts (67 of 134), and he capped his season with a 14-for-25 effort for 235 yards with two touchdowns – all season highs – in the regular season finale against Michigan.
Dangerous as a runner, Miller led the Buckeyes with 695 rushing yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry. Included was a school-record (by a quarterback) 81-yard touchdown run vs. Indiana.
Here’s more on Miller:
Miller will be presented with the Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year award Friday at a gala event in Indianapolis as part of the Big Ten championship game’s weekend of activities.
Ohio State’s Big Ten Freshmen of the Year
1990 Robert Smith, RB
1992 Kory Stringer, OT
1994 Orlando Pace, OT
1996 Andy Katzenmoyer, LB
2002 Maurice Clarett, RB
2008 Terrelle Pryor, QB
2011 Braxton Miller, QB