While people would no doubt love to see the Ohio State Buckeyes win the national championship in 2014, there are a good number of people that would equally love to see senior quarterback Braxton Miller leave Columbus with Heisman Trophy in hand.
So what are his chances this season? Well according to Austin Ward of ESPN, they might be as good as anyone’s to break the drought of Big Ten Heismans.
This year might be as good as any for the league to break its drought for the game’s biggest individual award. Ohio State’s Braxton Miller will enter the season with the most buzz and attention as the quarterback of a high-profile program with title aspirations, but a pair of running backs could make it really interesting for voters regardless of whether or not their teams are playoff contenders. Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah and Wisconsin’s Melvin Gordon are capable of putting up head-turning numbers out of the backfield, and while they would buck a recent trend that seems to be focused almost exclusively on quarterbacks, they could rack up enough yardage to make it impossible for voters to ignore them. Of course, if Miller hadn’t missed out on prime opportunities to pad his numbers a year ago when he was injured in September, there’s a chance he could have pushed Jameis Winston for the trophy. It’s hard to know who will develop into viable candidates five years from now, but I would be stunned if the Big Ten doesn’t have another winner by then.
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