Awards watch: QB Miller on Maxwell list
July, 9, 2012
By Austin Ward | ESPN.com
The season is finally getting closer. The release of preseason watch lists for the major college football awards confirms it, and starting with the first two on Monday and including all of them that follow, BuckeyeNation will break them down to see which Ohio State representatives have a shot at bringing home some hardware.
- What: Given to the nation's most outstanding player
- On the list: Sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller
- Credentials: After taking over as the starter midway through his freshman season, Miller threw for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns with only four interceptions. The dual-threat weapon also led the team in rushing yards with 715, adding seven more touchdowns on the way to the Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors.
- Head to head: Showcase opportunities could come for Miller against these opponents on the list: Keenan Allen and Isi Sofele (California), Denard Robinson and Fitzgerald Toussaint (Michigan), Le'Veon Bell (Michigan State), Rex Burkhead (Nebraska), Silas Redd (Penn State), Montee Ball (Wisconsin)
- Odds: Miller could put himself in contention for several awards this fall, particularly because the spread offense Urban Meyer is installing seems perfectly suited for his abilities and capable of producing big numbers. He's probably still a year away from winning trophies, but this year could set him up for a big run at them.
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BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
6:00 PM ET Marshall Northern Illinois 9:30 PM ET Navy San Diego State
12:00 PM ET Central Michigan Western Kentucky 8:00 PM ET Fresno State Rice
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State