Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Set for Heisman-Caliber Year in 2013

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IMarch 7, 2013

Nov 17, 2012; Madison, WI, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium.  Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 21-14 in overtime.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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Braxton Miller was excellent for the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2012, and he'll continue that streak en-route to a Heisman-worthy season in 2013.

In his sophomore season, Miller completed 58.3 percent of his passes and threw for 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns for a QB Rating of 140.5. He was even better on his legs, running for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns.

This can be attributed to Miller being a perfect fit in head coach Urban Meyer's spread offense, which is great for quarterbacks that can run. More importantly, Miller would not be the first quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy playing for Meyer.

The last man to do that was Tim Tebow, who played for Meyer at the University of Florida. In 2007, the double-threat quarterback completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns with just six interceptions.

The man was equally deadly when running the ball, rushing for 895 yards and an unbelievable 23 touchdowns. Sure enough, one can see why he was awarded the Heisman for his efforts.

Granted, Miller is not as big as Tebow at just 6'2", 210 pounds, but one can see the similarities.

That said, since Miller is sure to be an improved player entering his junior year, there is really no reason to believe that he won't be a Heisman contender from the get-go. Barring a serious injury, it is arguably his trophy to lose.

It also helps that the Buckeyes have a fairly easy schedule this coming season. Save for a match against Penn State on Oct. 26 and the yearly war with Michigan on Nov. 30, Ohio State does not have much in terms of competition.

This means that the stage is set for Miller, Meyer's offense and the rest of the Buckeyes to run the table in the Big Ten en route to another excellent season. This will result in Miller carrying the team's scoring and having a fine season that most players can only dream of.

Given the prestige of Buckeyes football, to not give him Heisman consideration would be a crying shame.