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By Matt McCoy
Braxton Miller was a finalist for the Davy O'Brien award, given to the nation's best quarterback. He did not win that, beaten out by Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel, but Miller still got some major recognition.
The Chicago Tribune announced that Miller has won the Silver Football award, given to the Big Ten's Most Valuable Player. It's the oldest of the Big Ten awards, dating back to 1924 when Red Grange won it. Miller is the 16th Buckeye to win the Silver Football and has a chance to accomplish something that's never been done. Only three times has there been a two-time winner (Paul Giel of Minnesota, Anthony Thompson of Indiana and Archie Griffin) but there has never been a three-time winner.
Of course Miller would not only need to continue to excell to accomplish that, but he would also have to see his career all the way through to his senior year.
Gee says 2012 Buckeyes "One of the great stories" in football
**Click HERE: Gee to listen to Gordon Gee with Joel Riley Friday morning**
Friday night more than 13,000 Buckeye fans will be on hand at a jam packed St. John Arena to celebrate the 12-0 Ohio State season. University President Dr. E. Gordon Gee joined Joel Riley on WTVN Friday morning and called the season "phenomenal."
"This time last year we were absolutely under attack by the national media," Gee said. "Then we bring in this new coach and a great coaching staff and young men of character played for themselves and went 12-0...it's really one of the great stories in intercollegiate athletics. I'm very proud of what they accomplished."
As good as the 12-0 season was at Ohio State, Dr. Gee told Joel that Urban Meyer brought much more than undefeated football to the Buckeyes.
"12-0 is pretty phenomenal but what I think he's done, I think he's brought legitmate energy and enthusiasm," Gee said. "He loves Ohio and he loves Ohio State...The fact that he brought this kind of committment and belief in Ohio has really made a difference."
Dr. Gee, Meyer, and many of the Buckeye players will speak at the rally. All 13,000 free ticket vouchers were gone by Tuesday. Doors will open at 5:30 with the event beginning at 7:15.