Heading into the 2013 college football season, Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller was considered one of the favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. So why wasn’t he among the finalists invited to New York City for the upcoming Heisman Trophy ceremony this weekend?
It is because his statistics weren’t as impressive as expected, especially compared to those of the finalists who were invited to the ceremony. This is due to Miller missing almost three games this season due to a sprained knee ligament, but despite the injury, Miller was still able to put up some impressive numbers.
As a true dual-threat quarterback, he threw for 1,860 yards and rushed for 1,033 with a total of 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions. The last two weeks of the season saw him struggle in the passing game, but he did average 156 rushing yards in the last four games of the season.
Miller reached career-highs this season in completion percentage, passing touchdowns and quarterback rating. He was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row, as well as the league’s top quarterback.
He is always consistent in his running game and is continually improving on his passing game. Barring any more injuries, Miller will certainly be one of the favorites to win the Heisman next season. He finished fifth in the Heisman balloting last season, when they still only invited the top three vote-getters to the Heisman ceremony. The top six will go this season, and there’s no doubt Miller would’ve been one of them if he hadn’t gotten injured.
Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde likely could’ve been included in the Heisman talk too if he hadn’t missed the first three games due to suspension.
All six of this year’s finalists are deserving of their invitations to the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston, who has led his Florida State Seminoles to the BCS National Championship game, is considered the favorite to win the Heisman. Other finalists include Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron, Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch, last year’s winner and Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason and Boston College Eagles running back Andre Williams.
If Miller stays healthy and has his best season ever in 2014, then he will likely be among the Heisman finalists next season. Despite some impressive statistics, this just wasn’t his year.