Debate It: 2013 Offensive Player of the Year?

Braxton Miller is kind of good. We all saw what he did a season ago in his first year under Urban Meyer, and it all resulted in the 2012 Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year. Back under center as a junior, Miller is the favorite to repeat in 2013. Will he do it? Who are his biggest competitors? Tom Dienhart and Brent Yarina discuss it in this post.

Previous Graham-George Winners
2011: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
2012: Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

Tom: This is a no-brainer. Miller is the clear favorite. In fact, it isn’t even close. He won the Silver Football last year as the Big Ten MVP and finished fifth in Heisman voting. The junior Buckeye signal-caller continues to develop in Tom Herman’s spread offense. And that attack is being tweaked, with one of the new looks being an “overloaded” Pistol formation. In addition to being more familiar and comfortable with an offense that continues to evolve, Miller also is surrounded by an array of weapons in the backfield and at receiver. He’ll also be protected by one of the Big Ten’s best lines. Add it all up—along with a sponge cake schedule—and you can see why Miller is a heavy fav to win this honor.

Tom’s top 5 candidates:
1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska
3. Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan
4. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern
5. James White, RB, Wisconsin
Dark horse: Tre Roberson, QB, Indiana

Brent: Take Miller’s skill set and consider Ohio State’s talent and favorable schedule, and it’s hard not to predict the jaw-dropping junior to repeat here. Really, injury might be the only thing keeping Miller from becoming the young award’s first two-time winner. There are other highly skilled Big Ten offensive players, such as Taylor Martinez, but when one considers what Miller did in his first year under Urban Meyer and company, it’s hard to imagine he won’t be even better in Year 2. That’s scary, and that’s why he’s my winner.

Brent’s top 5 candidates:
1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State
2. Taylor Martinez, QB, Nebraska
3. Venric Mark, RB, Northwestern
4. Devin Gardner, QB, Michigan
5. Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin
Dark horse: Stephen Houston, RB, Indiana

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bob jones on 6/17/2013 @ 1:25pm EDT Said:

I’m going with Nebraska’s Ameer Abdullah for now, he’s getting better in a hurry and I think he’s set for a huge year, he’s a tough, hard working guy with great leadership qualities, he beats out Taylor Martinez by an eyelash. Go Big Red.

huskerfanbb on 6/17/2013 @ 3:30pm EDT Said:

Sorry bob, I’m as big of a Husker fan as anyone–but no way Abdullah gets this. 1,500 yards rushing won’t do it–and I think he’ll have trouble getting to even that level given the bevy of offensive weapons that Nebraska has. No shot.

Miller is the obvious choice. The only other guy in the B1G that has a shot other than Miller is Martinez of Nebraska (again, barring injury to either one). Nebraska’s schedule is more favorable this year–and Nebraska is likely to be in some shoot-outs so he’ll likley play the bulk of most games (whereas Miller might get some bench time in the 4th quarters of blow-outs).

Common sense on 6/17/2013 @ 7:09pm EDT Said:

No brainer Devin Gardner Doug thinks he as good as RG3

Doug on 6/17/2013 @ 11:36pm EDT Said:

ummm Dhani, no I don’t quit lying.

jclifto on 6/18/2013 @ 2:43pm EDT Said:

Anyone thinking Martinez will have a better year than Devin Gardner is Crazy. If Miller doesn’t win it (I personally think he takes a step back this year, albeit not a big one), then Gadner is the clear favorite. He would of had better numbers than Martinez and would hae rivaled or bea Miller if he played a full season at QB and wasn’t prepping the majoriy of the year as a WR

JBinTexas on 6/18/2013 @ 7:15pm EDT Said:

So … the plurality here is pushing a former wide receiver starting his first year at QB, as the league’s top offensive threat? HAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Joseph on 6/19/2013 @ 1:27am EDT Said:

As always, M*chigan fans are delusional.

PSLGiff on 6/19/2013 @ 8:22am EDT Said:

Devin Gardner was a 5 star QB recruit. He is big and has a big arm and in the long run will be a much better quarterback than Miller. Miller for sure is faster but Devin has the better arm and the one missing part to Michigan’s O has been the down field pass. Devin should fix that.

Joseph on 6/20/2013 @ 4:17am EDT Said:

Yeah, Devin looked great throwing it to Ohio State’s DBs. M*chigan fans bring up him being a 5* QB. So what? It took Denard getting injured, and Bellomy stinking up the joint for him to get the start. He has such a better arm the Braxton had more yards passing than Devin when Ohio State beat M*chigan.

Fuzz on 8/16/2013 @ 9:27am EDT Said:

Devin Gardner doesn’t have a chance. Taylor Martinez and Braxton Miller are the hands down choices. Although I’d give Martinez an edge because of the schedule, his experience, and all the proven weapons at his disposal.

James on 8/16/2013 @ 11:38am EDT Said:

Let’s be honest Michigan fans the only reason Miller would take a step back is because the rest of the offense is going to be a lot better and Miller won’t be relied on as much.

Brandon on 8/16/2013 @ 12:04pm EDT Said:

I don’t know what kind of people voted in this fan poll, but they must not watch much football because Braxton is obviously going to win this award unless he gets hurt. He’s second in the heisman watch list and will only get better off of last years great year. He’s really improved his passing game and has become a team leader. He also has way more weapons to utilize and his O-Line will be much better this year than last. Miller is without a doubt the clear favorite to win this award.

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