Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller was named the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football, granted to the Big Ten's most valuable player and voted on by the conference coaches. The Chicago Tribune Silver Football has been awarded since 1924, when Illinois' Red Grange was the first honoree. The sophomore signal caller is the first Buckeye to be honored since quarterback Troy Smith in 2006 and the 16th OSU standout to earn the laurels. Miller has already been honored as the Big Ten's Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year and was a first-team All-Big Ten selection by the media. He ranked third in the Big Ten in total offense and seventh in rushing yards. Miller's 1,271 rushing yards set an Ohio State single-season record for ground yardage by a quarterback and ranked second in Big Ten history.