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

Ohio State Football: Troy Smith talks Braxton Miller's expectations

In his senior season, there are a lot of expectations resting on the shoulders of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller as he seeks to become the first Heisman Trophy winner from Ohio State since Troy Smith won it during his senior season.

It’s a good thing then that the two keep in touch.

In an interview with Eleven Warriors recently, Smith was asked about expectations for Miller and what advice that he has for him as he gets ready to embark on his senior season.

Well, going into my senior season, I didn’t chase the Heisman, I didn’t chase any awards. There’s one thing that I did chase and I chased the admiration from my teammates, my staff and everybody that was within the football family at Ohio State. If I could give him any word of advice, it would be not to worry about any of the awards because the awards come with team accolades. Take care of your team, be the leader that you’re supposed to be as a quarterback and all those things will come necessary or when needed. That’s the advice that I would give him. That’s what I took into my senior season, incredible guys who I trusted and believed in and they were telling the truth and things came to fruition for me.

He also let it be known the he and the current Ohio State signal caller stay in touch with each other pretty often.

I talk to Braxton pretty often. He’s an incredibly humble kid and he works harder than the quarterbacks that he’s going up against so I know that great things are ahead of him in his future. He’ll be the leader that we need him to be this year and I’m excited to watch Braxton Miller lead the Buckeyes.

Certainly not a bad mentor to have by any means.

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