COLUMBUS - Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller has been named one of 16 semifinalists for the 76th Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year.
Miller has led the Buckeyes to a 9-0 record and a No. 6 national ranking by averaging 291.1 yards of offense per game (the school single season record is 270.6 by Joe Germaine in 1998) to rank 21st nationally. Miller leads the Big Ten Conference and ranks 11th nationally with 121.4 rushing yards per game. He has completed 112 of 198 passes for 1,527 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Miller is only the third quarterback in Big Ten history to top 1,000 yards rushing for a season. His 1,093 yards rushing includes six 100-yard games and a career-best 186-yard effort vs. Nebraska.
Additionally: Miller has tied the school record with five games this season of 300 or more yards of total offense (Germaine, 1998), and he ranks third with eight games of at least 200 yards of total offense (Bobby Hoying, 11 in 1995).
Ohio State has had four previous Maxwell Award winners: Howard Cassady (1955), Bob Ferguson (1961), Archie Griffin (1975) and Eddie George (1995).
The winners of the 76th Maxwell Award will be announced as part of the Home Depot College Football Awards Show which will be broadcast on ESPN on December 6, 2012. Three finalists for each award will be announced on November 19, 2012.