When Braxton Miller went down with a sprained knee in the first quarter of the San Diego State game, most assumed his Heisman Trophy hopes were done as well.
However, after missing two games, Miller has made a statement by putting up some consistent, if not spectacular, numbers in Big Ten play.
Numbers that could be worthy of Miller’s name being back in the mix for the Heisman Trophy.
This week against Purdue was just the latest and perhaps most efficient example of what Miller is capable of as a quarterback.
He had just one carry on the day for 7 yards, but he had a great day in and out of the pocket, going 20-of-24 passing for 235 yards and four touchdowns—in one half of Ohio State’s 56-0 win.
We all know that you need that “Heisman moment,” a moment where you do something people will remember for a long time.
Miller checked that off today with this ridiculous shovel pass for a touchdown:
Miller has done it against a few bad defenses (including Purdue this week), but he also has done it to Wisconsin and Iowa—two of the better defenses in the Big Ten.
Against Wisconsin, he completed 68 percent of his passes for 198 yards and four touchdowns.
That would be his lowest yardage output of the conference season to date.
Against Iowa, Miller completed 81.5 percent of his passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns.
Then, in the game leading up to Purdue, Miller had his career high in passing with…