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Ohio State's Braxton Miller takes Big Ten weekly honor

By Dan Kadar Published: September 18, 2012
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Ohio State's Braxton Miller drops back to pass against California during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Ohio State's Braxton Miller was named the Big Ten's offensive player of the week for his performance against California on Saturday.

Against the Golden Bears, Miller passed for 249 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 75 yards and another score.

Miller's early season success (611 passing yards, 377 rushing yards and 12 total touchdowns) has led to some Heisman Trophy speculation.

It's speculation that Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has pushed aside thus far.

"I don’t think he’s played well [enough]," Meyer told reporters this week. "Let’s put it this way, at some point if he does, I’ve been asked and I’ve been lucky enough to have guys go to New York, it’s been kind of fun to be part of that and have Heisman candidates. Three or four have been mentioned and all that, and I think at the appropriate time, I won’t say he’s not.

"I don’t believe he is now -- he’s not playing well enough yet."

How much better Miller can play won't be put to the test this weekend. On Saturday, the Buckeyes host UAB. The Blazers are 83rd in the FBS in pass defense and 109th in run defense.

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