Will Ohio State QB Braxton Miller Be a Heisman Candidate in 2013?

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Last year, nobody could have predicted the Ohio State Buckeyes would go undefeated during the regular season in Urban Meyer‘s first year at head coach. Of course, expectations will be even higher heading into 2013 with Braxton Miller heading into his junior season–leaving many wondering whether or not the quarterback has what it takes to win the Heisman Trophy.

While his numbers may not have been as impressive through the air (2,039 passing yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions) during the 2012 season, it was Miller’s ability to run with the ball is what made him such a dangerous threat defenders. Not only did Miller finish with 1,271 rushing yards, but his 13 touchdowns on the ground were impressive as well.

Miller’s name was mentioned numerous times throughout the 2012 season, but it was clear there were too many other candidates ahead of him to win the Heisman last year. However, not that he has another year of experience under his belt, Miller’s numbers should continue to improve throughout the 2013 season and there’s no reason why he shouldn’t be considered one of the favorites.

Plus, the Buckeyes will be anxious to head into next season even stronger now that they are eligible to participate in a Bowl game once again after facing a suspension last year. Ohio State certainly has the talent to compete with the best next season and if Miller can lead them to another undefeated season–don’t be surprised if he’s listed as one of the top Heisman Candidates as well.

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