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Braxton Miller, RG3, and Cam Newton: A Statistical Comparison

With every game Ohio State plays, Braxton Miller's Heisman campaign gains momentum.

The sophomore quarterback has electrified Columbus with his play, and he has been popping up in Heisman conversations all over the country as a result. 

More importantly, his Ohio State Buckeyes are 3-0 and look like one of the best teams in the Big Ten. 

Whether he can maintain this level of play against the better teams on Ohio State's schedule remains to be seen, but there's no arguing that Braxton has been one of the most exciting players in college football this year. 

Ohio State's quarterback has quite a bit in common with college football's last two Heisman winners. Robert Griffin lll and Cam Newton were both off the charts athletically, using their running ability to keep opposing defenses off balance. 

The question—how does Braxton's first three games compare to RG3 and Cam Newton's first three games from their Heisman trophy winning seasons?

Let's take a look at the numbers. We'll look at the passing stats first, followed by the players' rushing numbers and totals.

 

Passing Cmp Att Yds Cmp % TD Int
Braxton Miller  48 78 611  61.5%  7  2
Robert Griffin lll  69 81 962  85.2% 13   0
Cam Newton  27 47 525  57.4%  7  3

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Throwing the ball, RG3 has the clear edge by a wide margin. The Baylor quarterback started the season on fire last year.

Miller's passing numbers are more comparable—and even slightly better—than Cam's. Braxton has more yards, a better completion percentage and one less interception than Cam through three games.

 

Rushing Att Yds Avg Long TD
Braxton Miller 56 377 6.7   65  5
Robert Griffin lll 24 167 7.0   35  1
Cam Newton 50 309 6.2   71  2

 

Miller is the most productive runner of the group, both in yards and touchdowns. His stats again compare more favorably to Cam's because Griffin looked to throw the ball much more than run, and that was by design.

 

Total  Yds   TD 
Braxton Miller  988  12
Robert Griffin lll 1,129  14
Cam Newton  834   9

 

RG3 gets the nod as far as total production, but Braxton Miller isn't far behind. Cam Newton trails the group, but that's to be expected considering his competition (two of his first three opponents were Mississippi State and Clemson).

But when you look at the numbers, Braxton is holding his own when compared to the last two Heisman winners. Again, it will be interesting to see if Braxton can maintain this type of production, but through three games, he is certainly putting up Heisman-worthy numbers.

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