Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is currently ranked 23rd nationally in total offense (1,823 yards), 11th in rushing (127.17 yards/game), 38th in passing efficiency (a 144.99 rating) and 11th in points responsible for (17.67/game).
Most importantly, Miller has helped lead the Buckeyes to a 6-0 record heading into Saturday’s game against Indiana, causing Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson to call him “one of the best” players in college football today.
Wilson stopped short of calling Miller a Heisman candidate, and OSU coach Urban Meyer has said it’s a little early to be discussing Miller’s candidacy.
Others have not been so reluctant to weigh in on that topic.
“It remains to be seen if a player on a team facing a postseason ban can win a Heisman in this era, but aside from [West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith], there simply hasn’t been a more consistently impressive player than Miller,” writes Sports Illustrated, which has the signal caller ranked second.
A poll USA Today did of Heisman voters also has Miller in second…and also brought up the Scarlet and Gray’s postseason ban, albeit in a more positive light.
“Miller took advantage of the prime-time spotlight against the [Nebraska] Cornhuskers Saturday night. He accumulated 313 yards of total offense, throwing for a score and running for another.
“Most Heisman voters are of the opinion that the team’s NCAA situation shouldn’t affect his Heisman chances.”
ESPN’s Brian Bennett shared his thoughts on the subject.
“It’s hard to deny what [Miller has] done for the 6-0 Buckeyes. You could see it in the Nebraska game. Miller started off slowly in the first quarter, and the Buckeyes fell behind. Once he got going in the second quarter, though, it was goodnight for the Huskers.
“If Miller can keep delivering highlight plays and help keep his team undefeated, he’s going to stay in the race.”
Bennett thinks Miller is in second place as of now.
CBS’s poll of Heisman voters has Miller in third, with Smith and Kansas State QB Collin Klein rounding out the top three.
Hear Miller continue to make his case this Saturday at 8 p.m. on 97.1 The Fan. Our pregame starts at 2 p.m.