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Heisman shift now complete as Braxton Miller exits race

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The curse of the Heisman front runner continues.

For the eighth-straight season, the player tabbed as the preseason Heisman favorite has fallen by the wayside in the race for the sports most prestigious award.

This time, it’s Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller who has fallen victim.

Miller won’t play against the Cal Bears on Saturday, which means he has now missed all but a few plays of the last two games. While past Heisman winners like Charles White and Charlie Ward have been able to capture the trophy despite missing one game, no player in modern times has missed two games and still come back to win.

Stats have become central to the Heisman since Tim Tebow amassed 55 total touchdowns in 2007. The quarterbacks who have won the Heisman since that season (including Tebow) have all played in some kind of spread scheme and have averaged 4,700 yards and 47 touchdowns. Miller looked to have the ability to be the next in that line, but even if he comes back healthy next week, he has a ton of catchup to do with regards to his numbers. While Ohio State could very well end up undefeated, the fact that it could still do so without the full services of Miller the whole way through illustrates that, while he’s a great player, he may not be that vital to his team after all.

Of course Miller, a junior, will still have a chance to come back next season and vie for the trophy. But he’s going to have to show that he can stay healthy for an entire season.

Or even an entire game.

So who’s the front runner now? Look west. Oregon’s Marcus Mariota just threw for 456 yards and four touchdowns against Tennessee.

The Heisman could be a Duck’s to lose.

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10 Responses to “Heisman shift now complete as Braxton Miller exits race”
  1. themanchine says: Sep 14, 2013 7:23 PM

    Johnny Football had a decent day too.

  2. source7769 says: Sep 14, 2013 7:28 PM

    no shot he wins a 2nd trophy after all his shannigans

  3. 8to80texansblog says: Sep 14, 2013 7:38 PM

    themanchine says:
    Sep 14, 2013 7:23 PM
    Johnny Football had a decent day too.
    ________________

    464 pass yds 5 Tds
    98 rush yds 7.0 ypc
    Against Bama..

    But 2 VERY costly INTs (one wasn’t his fault, tipped ball)

  4. eglsfan says: Sep 14, 2013 7:41 PM

    Don’t forget Famous Jameis @ FSU…..more TD’s than Incomplete passes

  5. 4buckiz says: Sep 14, 2013 7:46 PM

    You’re right Braxton may be out but another OSU QB is in. Kenny G for Heisman!

  6. bobsnygiants says: Sep 14, 2013 8:10 PM

    Johnny football , don’t forget

  7. oregonian79 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:21 PM

    Re: Johnny Manziel vs Marcus Mariota stats today, Mariota got his stats in less than three quarters in Oregon’s blowout victory over Tennessee. Oregon’s backup QB’s played the entire 4th quarter.

  8. drubyy1993 says: Sep 14, 2013 10:27 PM

    @oregonian79 I hate to break it to you but bama happens to be alot better the shitty ass Tennessee

  9. onbucky96 says: Sep 15, 2013 10:49 AM

    Melvon Gordon RB Wisconsin. Check out his stats.

  10. dkhhuey says: Sep 16, 2013 11:57 AM

    The Heisman candidate race storyline is a ridiculous pursuit at this point in time! You guys throw people in and out based on a game, quarter, play, or toss of a dart at a board. If I’m not mistaken, there about about 9 – 10 games left on the calendar and if a candidate has already been eliminated after 3 games, then the award has become a complete farce!

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