User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto Racing
Horses
More
Betting Tools

 
OSU's Miller healthy, gaining in confidence

New Sportsbook.ag customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A week ago, no one was even certain Braxton Miller was healthy enough to play in a game.

Advertisement
Now, he thinks he's still in the Heisman Trophy race.

``The way we keep playing as a team, as a whole, I feel like there's all type of awards guys can get,'' the junior quarterback said after Wednesday night's practice. ``So if (the Heisman) comes upon (me), I'm really grateful for what it is. But I'm just going to keep playing my game, me and the guys. Hopefully I'll be looking forward to it after the season.''

Ohio State (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) has the nation's longest winning streak at 17 in a row.

Miller missed more than half of the Buckeyes' season with a sprained knee ligament sustained in the opening minutes of a Week 2 win over San Diego State.

He didn't play in the victories at California and back home against Florida A&M while backup Kenny Guiton racked up huge numbers. Guiton had a school-record six touchdown passes, all in the first half, of a 76-0 rout of overmatched FAMU.

It wasn't until last Thursday that Miller was tapped as the starting quarterback two days later against Wisconsin. Coach Urban Meyer was looking for the shiftiness and change-of-direction that is Miller's hallmark. When Meyer saw that, he stamped Miller as the starter.

Miller then played as if he had never left, tossing four touchdown passes in a 31-24 victory.

``I didn't miss a beat,'' he said.

He even threw a crunching block when an Ohio State running back changed direction.

``He was chirping about that all day,'' Meyer said with a chuckle. ``He did a good job. That was a great block.''

Miller had crumpled to the ground in pain on Sept. 7 after being sandwiched between two San Diego State tacklers. Before he was carted off the field, a doctor manipulated his knee and he cried out in pain.

Needless to say, there were a lot of concerns about the three-year starter.

``I was certainly worried,'' quarterbacks coach and co_offensive coordinator Tom Herman said. ``I don't know that (the injury set him back). Maybe a little bit mentally just seeing the game over and over again and seeing coverages live and all those things. From a physical standpoint, it didn't and from a preparation standpoint, it didn't, but there's only so much you can do in drills and in the film room. (Facing) live bullets is necessary to gain that experience.''

Herman and Meyer both said Miller made a couple of throws against Wisconsin that he wouldn't have even attempted earlier in his career.

Miller might actually benefit later on from having been hit less so far this season. But that didn't mean his return was a breeze.

``Man, after the game I was really sore,'' he said. ``I just feel comfortable where I'm at. Coming back after the knee injury, I felt pretty comfortable just going out with the guys. It's just a blessing.''

Another concern was that there might be a split allegiance among the Buckeyes, between Miller and Guiton. Guiton is a popular, gregarious member of the team, while Miller is quieter, more subdued and less demonstrative.

But everyone recognizes Miller's special talents.

``Braxton's our guy. At the end of the day, he's the starter,'' said receiver Corey Brown, who had two touchdown catches from Miller against Wisconsin. ``No one was really too concerned about that because Kenny's done a heck of a job in the games he's played this year. Whatever quarterback went out on the field with us, we were confident with.''

Now Miller leads the Buckeyes against another ranked team, No. 16 Northwestern. Just like last week, it's in primetime on Saturday night, only this time it's a road game.

``(Our fans) always kind of take over the stadium,'' he said. ``Our fans travel wherever we go. It feels good. So a different environment, but it's always a great feeling.''

---

Follow Rusty Miller on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RustyMillerAP

AP NEWS
The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2014
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

  
HEADLINES
Marshall: Team to Watch - Louisville
Edwards: 2014 ACC Predictions
Nelson: September Situations
Edwards: 2014 Big 12 Predictions
Marshall: Team to Watch - Marshall
Edwards: 2014 Pac-12 Predictions
Lawrence: 2014 Sun Belt Preview
Blankenship: Fade Alert - Ohio
Edwards: 2014 SEC Predictions
MORE HEADLINES
 
Why Buy Picks From VegasInsider.com
NCAAFB College Football Handicapper Sports Picks Records
NCAA FB College Football Expert Sports Picks-
2014 CFB SEASON PICK RECORDS
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
Last Week's Leaders
Handicapper Money
No Games Last Week  
   
   
Percentage Leaders
Handicapper Pct
   
   
   
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
   
   
   
MORE PICK RECORDS
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!