Braxton Miller quietly ripping it up
Something dawned on me this morning when Jerry Emig, sports information director for OSU football, sent out an e-mailing highlighting Braxton Miller’s running for the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.
He is turning what was once a slow-start into a hell of a season. And while the bigger conversation has been about the Buckeyes in the BCS title picture, Miller’s play maybe hasn’t gotten its due. And in his last three starts he's been lights out.
While Miller is out of the running for a Heisman Trophy, it’s pretty remarkable that he’s still working his way into the mix for college football’s other awards. He was just named one of 15 semifinalists for the Walter Camp. And he finds his name next to the likes of Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater, Marcus Mariota, Bryce Petty, Jordan Lynch, AJ McCarron, and so on.
His overall numbers are down because of his time missed, but his averages are what really impressed. His 72.5 completion percentage tops Troy Smith’s 65.3 percent school record in his 2006 Heisman season. And Braxton’s 175.87 efficiency rating is better than Bobby Hoying’s school record of 163.4. Those figures are also courtesy of Jerry Emig.
But while Miller himself doesn’t have the overall numbers to stack up to the Heisman front-runners, what if you combined the Ohio State quarterbacks from 2013? If you took Kenny Guiton and Miller’s numbers, those would surely stack up against the best, right?
Let’s take a look at Miller and Guiton’s combined stats and where they would rank on the individual FBS leaderboard.
- Passing yards: 2,065 (43rd, behind Blake Bortles, ahead of AJ McCarron)
- Passing TDs: 29 (4th, behind Johnny Manziel and Sean Mannion, ahead of Keith Wenning)
- Completion percentage: 71 percent (8th, behind Teddy Bridgewater, ahead of Derek Carr)
- Passing efficiency: 171.35 (8th, behind Marcus Mariota, ahead of McCarron)
- Total offense: 309 ypg (19th, behind Taj Boyd, ahead of Jared Goff)
- Points responsible for: 216 points (2nd, behind Manziel, ahead of Carr)
Ohio State has gotten incredible productivity out of the quarterback position. It’s a credit to Kenny Guiton for coming in and adding 19 of the 36 total touchdowns. But it’s also impressive to see that two great QBs are still coming in behind some of the best in the game this year.
And Johnny Manziel….just wow.