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Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week after tying a career-high with four touchdowns against Wisconsin last week. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.
Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten offensive player of the week after tying a career-high with four touchdowns against Wisconsin last week. Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images.

For the second straight week, an Ohio State signal caller claimed Big Ten offensive player of the week honors. Miller was back under center after missing two starts and the bulk of three games with the knee injury and was 17-of-25 passing for 198 yards and a career-high four touchdowns against Wisconsin.

Miller added 83 yards rushing on 22 carries and set the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback breaking Cornelius Greene's 38-year-old record of 2,080 yards. He has 2,151 career yards and ranks sixth all-time in the Big Ten for quarterback rushing yards.

“I wasn’t comfortable (with playing Miller) until Thursday last week,” Meyer said. “Like all players, he’s a guy that needs the practice. His preparation was great and he’s full speed. So, I’m much more comfortable. I thought his preparation for the game was one of the best he's had. His practice was one of the best he's had as far as Tuesday and Wednesday and Thursday and I thought his accuracy on the deep ball was outstanding.”

Last week, Guiton earned Big Ten co-offensive player of the week recognition for his school record-setting six touchdown performance in the 76-0 win over Florida A&M.

“They have not only been effective but they’ve been deadly,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s very similar to us — not just with one quarterback but with two. When Braxton went out, Kenny Guiton didn’t miss a beat. That’s a testament to those two young men and the great coaching of Urban Meyer and his staff.”

Not to be overlooked, freshman punter Cameron Johnston was named the conference special teams player of the week. Johnston pinned Wisconsin inside its own 20-yard line on each of his six punts, including five inside the 10-yard line. He averaged 39.8 yards per punt, totaling 239 yards, with a long of 55 yards.

Northwestern junior linebacker Collin Ellis was named the Big Ten defensive player of the week for his performance in the season opener against Cal. Elllis returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the game and tallied four tackles with three pass breakups.

Ellis has 25 tackles on the season.