No surprise: Braxton Miller ranked No. 1 Big Ten player

The Big Ten’s best football player? It has to be Braxton Miller, the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, right? Right. The Lincoln Journal Star’s Brian Christopherson is no fool, and he recently ranked the dual-threat quarterback No. 1 in his gallery of the Big Ten’s top 10 football players.

No argument here. It’s almost impossible for anyone – even Michigan fans – to argue the point. A third straight Big Ten superlative and Chicago Tribune Silver Football aren’t out of the question in Miller’s final campaign. Nor is a trip to New York for the Heisman Trophy presentation.

Here’s what Christopherson said about Miller:

Miller is not without his flaws. He can still be erratic at times in the passing game. And honestly, he was outplayed by Connor Cook in the Big Ten Championship when Miller completed just 8 of 21 passes. But even on that night, he picked up a stumbling offense by running for 142 yards against the Spartans.

Ask defensive coaches around the league which player causes them to lose the most sleep, and here’s betting Miller is your answer. The two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year ran for more than 1,000 yards in 2013 to go with more than 2,000 passing yards, averaging 263 yards of offense per game.

The best compliment: Even when Miller’s not on, he’s still a headache.

The rest of Christopherson’s top 10 looks like this:
2. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
3. Randy Gregory, DE, Nebraska
4. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
5. Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State
6. Brandon Scherff, T, Iowa
7. Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan
8. Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State
9. Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
10. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

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Don on 5/21/2014 @ 11:11am EDT Said:

No Christian Hackenberg? Um… ok…

Doug on 5/21/2014 @ 11:30am EDT Said:

Funchess? wow i guess they need a michigan player on that list. jermemy langford ran for over 1000 yard in last 10 games of the year

scott on 5/21/2014 @ 11:58am EDT Said:

ya i have to agree with these comments on this board…. how about devin gardner??

gengberg on 5/21/2014 @ 11:59am EDT Said:

Gordon is #1 without a doubt!

Keef on 5/21/2014 @ 1:07pm EDT Said:

Yeah Funchess…State has a season or 2 of good football and the fans think they are the greatest team ever to play in the B1G. Dummy.

Chance on 5/21/2014 @ 1:29pm EDT Said:

Connor Cook over Christian Hackenburg?

Greg Z on 5/21/2014 @ 5:29pm EDT Said:

#3, #5, & #6 will be the first players drafted out of the B1G next year. Braxton? 3rd round? Maybe.

Mary Brennan on 5/21/2014 @ 6:06pm EDT Said:

Randy Gregory will be the Jadeveon Clowney this year, except that he is better. He will change games this year. GBR!!

Mary Brennan on 5/21/2014 @ 6:08pm EDT Said:

And Ameer Abdoullah is by far the best running back in the conference. No doubt! GBR!

Doug on 5/21/2014 @ 7:17pm EDT Said:

hey keef and scott, michigan has stunk i guess gardner and funchess are the best on a bad team. dummies

Doug on 5/21/2014 @ 7:18pm EDT Said:

chance, gonnor cook was the big ten championship and rose bowl MVP, hackenburg is a stud no doubt, but as of now cook has the edge

nathan on 5/21/2014 @ 8:46pm EDT Said:

@scott. Gardner…really…look what nebraska and mich st. Did to him he is nowhear near top ten. # 2 spot is correct he probly be a heisman contender.

Blake Jorgensen on 5/21/2014 @ 10:08pm EDT Said:

By putting Gregory ahead of Scherff, wouldn’t that imply that Gregory did something against Scherff when he didn’t?