Ohio State junior quarterback Braxton Miller was the repeat winner of the Big Ten offensive player of the year award Tuesday, earning his sixth individual conference accolade — the most in league history.
The junior from Wayne High School also was named the quarterback of the year twice, won the 2012 Chicago Tribune Silver Football award as the league’s best player and was named 2011 freshman of the year. He broke a tie with former OSU great Orlando Pace for the most league trophies.
The last two-time offensive player of the year was Purdue’s Drew Brees (1998 and 2000).
Wisconsin linebacker Chris Borland, a senior from Alter, was named the defensive player of the year. He was third in the conference with 9.3 tackles per game.
Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, who was third in the league in passing yards (2,955) and touchdowns (20), was named freshman of the year.
Michigan State’s Mark Dantonio earned coach of the year honors. Before he arrived seven years ago, the Spartans had posted only two seasons with double-digit wins. But they’ve won 11 games in three of the last four years.
They shared the Big Ten title in 2010 and will have a shot at another against Ohio State on Saturday.
Dantonio beat out OSU coach Urban Meyer, who led his team to its second straight 12-0 regular season. No Buckeye coach has won the award since Earle Bruce in 1979.