COLUMBUS — Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller won his second straight Silver Football Award as the Big Ten’s best player today.
Whether he will return to chase an unprecedented third one remains to be seen.
In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, which awards the Silver Football based on a vote by conference coaches, the junior Miller said he is entertaining the possibility of entering the NFL draft.
“It’s tough; I just don’t know,” said Miller, who will lead the seventh-ranked Buckeyes (12-1) against No. 12 Clemson in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 3. “I’ve really got to sit down and go through the pros and cons. I’ll talk to my parents, take it slow. Hopefully ball out on January 3rd and see what the scouts are looking at.”
Miller, widely seen as a potential mid-round selection in need of more polish as a passer, is just the fourth player to twice capture the league’s MVP honors. Also repeating were Ohio State running back Archie Griffin (1973-74), Indiana running back Anthony Thompson (1988-89), and Minnesota quarterback Paul Giel (1952-53).
Miller, the league’s two-time offensive player of the year, received nine of 11 first-place votes (coaches could not vote for their own player). Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland received the other three first-place votes while Buckeyes running back Carlos Hyde finished third.