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Ohio State football’s sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, and also received praise from OSU coach Urban Meyer about his play through the first three weeks of the season.
“I have a lot of confidence in Braxton,” Meyer said. “He’s our best player right now on offense.”
Miller led the Buckeyes to a 35-28 victory against California on Saturday, completing 16 of 30 passes for 249 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for 75 yards and one touchdown.
OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman said he has been pleased with his quarterback’s development this season.
“In terms of progress, I think he’s seeing the field better. I think he communicates with me on the sideline better than maybe I had expected,” Herman said. “He’s come a long ways.”
Miller currently ranks fifth nationally in rushing yards, and Herman said opposing defenses have been making adjustments to account for his ability to run the ball.
“I’ve seen defenses in the last three weeks that I’ve never even dreamt of in my mind to try to stop the QB from running the football,” Herman said.
While the coaches have praised Miller, they are not yet ready to advertise their quarterback as a contender to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy.
“I will not say he’s not (a candidate to win the Heisman),” Meyer said. “I don’t believe he is now. He’s not playing well enough yet.”