Jul 28, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller addresses the media during the Big Ten football media day at Hilton Chicago. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Braxton Miller Is a Heisman Trophy Favorite (Again) as More Questions Are Raised Over His NFL Prospects

The latest Vegas numbers are out, and Ohio State Heisman hopeful Braxon Miller is left looking up at Florida State’s Jameis Winston and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota.

Here’s a look at how the lines compare, as set by Bovada:

• Jameis Winston: 9/2
• Marcus Mariota: 6/1
Braxton Miller: 15/2
Bryce Petty: 12/1
Brett Hundley: 14/1
Todd Gurley: 14/1

The 2014 season marks the the third year in a row that Miller is among the game’s favorite to take home the Heisman hardware.

Accuracy questions have long surrounded the Huber Heights-Wayne product.  He’s one of college football’s biggest playmakers, but those in NFL circles wonder how his game will translate in the pro world.

From NFL.com’s Bucky Brooks:

“While the senior standout is undoubtedly one of the most dangerous playmakers in college football, he is not ‘close’ (as Meyer suggested) to joining the ranks of the elite quarterbacks in the 2015 class based on what I’ve seen from the Buckeyes’ star over the past few years.”

Miller completed 63.5 percent of his passes last season, which marked the first time he surpassed the 60 percent mark in his three years with the Buckeyes. He rushed for a 1,068 yards, which marked the second time he eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark.

Mariota’s game is more comparable to Miller’s, because his ability to run. The Oregon signal caller rushed for 715 yards last year while completing 63.5 percent of his passes.

For comparison’s sake, Winston completed 66.9 percent of his passes in 2013, while only running for 288 yards.

Miller finished fifth in the 2012 Heisman vote, and ninth last season.


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