Why Braxton Miller of Ohio State Will Be a Heisman Trophy Favorite in 2013

Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 14, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Braxton Miller was certainly in the Heisman Trophy conversation this season, but the Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback will be a favorite for the award in 2013.

In 2012, Miller proved to be one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the college game today. As a dual-threat signal-caller who can both pass and run, Miller accounted for much of the Buckeyes' offense this season, and since he was so successful, that approach will continue in 2013.

Through the air, Miller compiled 2,039 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions. On the ground, Miller ran for 1,271 yards with 13 touchdowns. In total, Miller gained 3,310 yards with 28 touchdowns and clearly doesn't have a propensity for turning the ball over.

By comparison, this year's Heisman winner, Johnny Manziel, compiled 4,600 yards between the pass and run this season, along with 43 touchdowns.

Still, Miller's numbers at least scratch the surface of what it takes to be a Heisman winner, and those numbers will only improve as the Buckeyes quarterback gains another year of experience under his belt.

One of the major concerns that Miller will have moving forward is his accuracy when throwing the ball. The 58 percent clip he completed passes at is enough to get the job done, but it isn't exactly Heisman-worthy.

Some quarterbacks are never able to improve their completion percentage, but Miller has shown he has a great chance to continue to do so. In 2011, Miller completed just 54 percent of his passes, but in 2012, he increased his completion rate by four percent.

If he is able to do the same thing in 2013, that will bring Miller's percentage up to about 62 percent, which is not only more impressive but also means Miller will be labeled as a great quarterback, not just a great athlete.

It doesn't get scarier than an athletic quarterback who can make accurate throws. That would make Miller a threat in and out of the pocket, creating major headaches for opposing defenses. On top of that, a better completion percentage should lead to more yards through the air.

A good record is also vital to winning the Heisman, but Miller should have no problem in that category. The Buckeyes are coming off an undefeated season in 2012, and there's no doubt this team can only get better, giving them another chance to go undefeated next season.

At their very worst, the Buckeyes will lose only a few games, and that shouldn't hurt his Heisman chances at all.

With great stats through the air and on the ground, as well as being the head of one of the best teams in the country, Miller should be a top candidate to win the Heisman next season.