Braxton Miller emerging as Heisman hopeful at Ohio State

Greg Bartram-US PRESSWIRE

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller continues to look increasingly comfortable in Urban Meyer’s offense.

Coming off the season opening 56-10 win over Miami (OH) last Saturday that saw the sophomore rush for a school-record 161 yards from the quarterback position, many were curious what Miller could do for an encore. Facing a Central Floridadefense that was overmatched and stymied by Miller’s arm and legs proved that last Saturday was no fluke as he continued his rapid maturation in Meyer’s spread attack.

Finishing with 141 rushing yards today and three touchdowns gives the dual-threat signal caller more than 300 yards already for the young season. The first score came on a 37-yard scamper right up the middle as he outraced the secondary to pay dirt. Miller would add another 155 through the air and connected with tight end Jake Stoneburner for a score to open the second  half as the Buckeyes put away the Knights.

Thus far, Miller is playing like his Big Ten counterpart at Michigan, where quarterback Denard Robinson began the season with Heisman aspirations but struggled mightily in his opener vs. Alabama.

With his first two games, Miller is looking much like last year’s winner Robert Griffin III from Baylor. He emerged from the group of relative unknowns to capture the most prestigious individual honor in college athletics with his dual-threat playmaking ability.

He has a long way to go before he hears his name as the winner at the Downtown Athletic Club and needs to play a conference game and keeps his team undefeated, but the way he has started out, I would not count out Miller anytime soon.

Meyer has a history of successful quarterbacks operating his offensive attack like Alex Smith and Tim Tebow, and Miller may be the best one yet when his career at Ohio State is over.

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