Braxton Miller was born in Springfield, Ohio on November 30, 1992. A quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes, he was named as the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 2011 and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year for 2012 and 2013.
An accomplished high school athlete, Miller moved from Springfield to Huber Heights prior to his freshman year in order to attend Wayne High School. He received All-State recognition, played in the UnderArmour All-American Game and was finalist for Ohio's Mr. Football Award. After receiving scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Georgia and Alabama, he committed to attending Ohio State in the summer of 2010.
Having started the 2011 season as backup to Joe Bauseman, Miller saw action early on and impressed with his performances. He was named as the starting quarterback for the first time against the Colorado Buffaloes in week four and the decision was justified, as Miller threw two touchdown passes to lead Ohio State to a 37-17 victory. Despite the fact that the Buckeyes endured a difficult season, Miller went on to enjoy one of the best freshman seasons of any Ohio State quarterback, finishing in the Big Ten Conference's top 10 for total offence. In addition to being Freshman of the Year, Miller also received the CFPA National Freshman Trophy in recognition of his impressive displays.
Miller's sophomore season was hugely successful, as the team achieved a 12-0 undefeated record and became Big Ten Leaders Division champions. Despite being ineligible for the Big Ten Championship Game or the BCS due to NCAA sanctions, the team finished the season ranked number three in the final AP Poll. Miller, for his part, was named the Big Ten Quarterback of the Year and the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, while also being included in the All-Big Ten 1st Team. He ranked 5th in the voting for the Heisman Trophy and was also a finalist for the Manning Award.
In 2013, the Buckeyes finished the regular season undefeated once again to become Big Ten Leaders Division champions for the second year in a row. However, defeats at the hands of the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten Championship Game and the Clemson Tigers in the Orange Bowl saw them finish the season with a 12-2 record. Braxton Miller's performances was once again saw him named Quarterback and Offensive Player of the Year.
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