Ohio State QB Braxton Miller's Statistics Scream Heisman Trophy

By Steve LeMaster

Sophomore Braxton Miller has a chance to pass for 2,000 yards, rush for 1,500 yards and lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to an undefeated season. And, Miller is also one of top-five contenders for the 2012 Heisman Trophy Award. The Ohio State quarterback has piled up yardage through the air and via the ground for undefeated Ohio State. Yes, Ohio State fans, too bad the Buckeyes aren’t eligible to participate in a bowl and play for this year’s national title.

In 10 games, Miller has completed 124-of-218 passes for 1,753 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions. The steady signal-caller has accounted for all but 14 of Ohio State’s pass completions this season. The dual-threat quarterback is also churning up yardage on the ground. Ohio State’s leading ground-gainer as well, Miller has rushed 184 times for 1,166 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Miller turned in another solid outing over the weekend in Ohio State’s comfortable 52-22 victory over the Illinois Fighting Illini. In his latest outing, Miller passed for 226 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.

With Kansas State‘s Collin Klein and Alabama‘s A.J. McCarron being the most hyped Heisman Trophy candidates as of late, Miller has went about his business, continuing to produce and keep Ohio State perfect. Miller has two remaining games against very familiar formidable Big Ten Conference opponents, both chances to add to his Heisman Trophy case.

Miller has led the Buckeyes to a 10-0 start. Only the Wisconsin Badgers and the Michigan Wolverines stand in the way of Miller’s Ohio State team and an undefeated season.


Steve LeMaster is a college football columnist for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter.


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