University of Saint Francis quarterback Josh Miller didn’t have to wait long for the accolades to roll in in Monday.
About the middle of the day, Miller (Kalida, OH / Shawnee H.S.) learned he had been named Mid-States Football Association Mideast League Offensive Player of the Week. Then late on Monday afternoon, he got some more surprising news. He had been chosen NAIA Football Offensive Player of the Week.
Miller (Kalida, OH / Shawnee H.S.) threw for a career best 412 yards completing 68 percent of his passes (25 of 37) without an interception in USF’s 38-37 win on Saturday night against No. 7 St. Ambrose University. Miller threw what proved to be game-winning TD pass in fourth quarter. He is the first USF QB to throw for more than 400 yds in a game since 2003. It was his second consecutive week with career best for passing yards passing previous career best by 251 yards.
Miller, who started his completed 11 passes for 15 or more yds with the longest of 58 and 42 yards. Miller completed 18 passes for first downs, completed four passes for a first down on third down and he completed a fourth-and-7 pass for a first down on the drive for what proved to be game-winning TD in the fourth quarter.
Miller’s 412 yards passing ranks No. 3 on the USF single-game list.
“I was a little surprised because I thought Antoin Campbell had the best all-around game,” Miller said. “I gotta give credit to all my receivers, especially Cam Smith, Antoin, Aaron Knight and the offensive line did a fabulous job of giving me time to get the ball to our receivers.
“When teams load up the box because of the way Antoin is running the ball, it makes it a little easier to find our receivers. And when you talk about all the great quarterbacks who have played here, it is really humbling to be No. 3 on that yards passing list.”
This is Miller’s second MSFA MEL Offensive Player of the Week honor. He is the first USF QB to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since 2002 when Chris Bramell did it against Taylor in 2003 (see list below).
Miller is the fourth USF QB to earn the NAIA Offensive Player of the Week in the 16th season of the Cougars’ football program.
USF has had three POTW in its first two games. Running back Antoin Campbell was last week’s choice for MSFA MEL Offensive Player of the Week.
USF returns to Iowa this Saturday for another Top 10 challenge at No. 9 Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. Coverage on WLYV 1450 AM radio begins at 1:45 p.m.
400+ yds passing -- Individual in single USF Game
Chronological Order high to low ( 1998 – 9/ 23 /13)
Yds Opponent QB C-A-Int Pct. TDs (Yds each) YEAR
538 Playoff/Lambuth Jeremy Hibbeln 37-52-1 .712 6 9-16-7-38-39 2000
521 Walsh Hibbeln 30-40-2 .750 6 72-10-23-8-40-30 2000
412 #7 St. Ambrose Josh Miller, Sr. 25-37-0 .676 1 8 2013
406 @ Butler Hibbeln 22-37-0 .595 4 21-29-27-38 2000
403 Taylor Chris Bramell, So 21-31-2 .677 4 (83-9-14-30) 2003
402 Trinity Int. Hibbeln, So. 20-32-1 .625 5 26-22-20-11-37 1999
USF NAIA Players of the Week
17 total . . . 7 offense; 6 defense; 4 special teams
1998 – Kiante Lindsay, Fr., RB
1999 – Jeremy Dutcher, So., WR 2; Jason Coriano, So., LB
2000 – None
2001 – Jason Coriano, Sr., LB; Jeremy Hibbeln, Sr., QB
2002 – None
2003 – Chris Bramell, So., QB
2004 – None
2005 – Paul Carter, Jr., DB
2006 – Brian Kurtz, Sr., LB
2007 -- None
2008 – Daniel Carter >Special Teams<
Carl Thomas, Jr., LB
Cody Capps >Special Teams<
2009 -- None
2010 – Shaine Tierney, Sr., QB
2011 – Ross Bauman, Sr., LB
Austin Coleman, Jr., Special Teams (KOR)
2012 – Austin Coleman, Sr., Special Teams (KOR)
2013 – Josh Miller, Sr., QB
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