COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 22: Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes slips past Greg Irvin #7 and Lamarcus Farmer #3, both of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, during the second quarter on September 22, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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Ohio State's Braxton Miller Rising Up Heisman Trophy Watch Lists

With a 3-0 start to the season, not only are Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes looking like the class of the Big 10, it’s looking like they have a Heisman Trophy candidate on their hands.

Even after Miller’s quick start in the team’s first couple of games, I don’t know that anyone expected he would garner Heisman attention. Now, Miller ranks as high as third on some Heisman watch lists, and comes in at fourth on ESPN’s latest rankings behind only Geno Smith (WVU), DeAnthony Thomas (Oregon), and Johnathan Franklin (UCLA).

Miller has seven passing touchdowns to go along with five rushing touchdowns, and not only has he markedly improved as a passer this year compared to last, but he is also fifth in the nation in rushing yards with 377 through three games.

The sophomore signal caller has been a fantastic fit for Urban Meyer’s offense, and he’s making the players around him better. He’s clearly the focal point of the offense, but he’s getting some other guys national attention as well.

The Buckeyes are 16th in the AP top 25 poll, and with one more “warm up” game against UAB, they face a tough slate of games starting with Michigan State and Nebraska. If Miller can continue on this pace, he will definitely be in the thick of the Heisman race at the end of the season.

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