Posts Tagged ‘Braxton Miller’
By Paul Myerberg // Sep 20, 2012
It’s not unprecedented for the eventual Heisman winner to lose at least one game during the regular season – in fact, recent history shows that it’s just as common for the winner to lose at least once than it is for him to run the table. Of the last 10 Heisman winners, not counting Reggie Bush, five have lost at least one game during the regular season: Eric Crouch lost once, Carson Palmer lost twice, Tim Tebow lost three times, Sam Bradford lost once and Robert Griffin III lost three times. So the door to the Heisman is far from closed to Matt Barkley, who was unable to lead U.S.C. past Stanford on Saturday night. But one difference between Barkley and the five quarterbacks listed above is that Barkley entered the season as the undisputed favorite; that might help, in a way, but it might also open up a path for one of his prime challengers – De’Anthony Thomas or Geno Smith, for example – to put a stranglehold on the top spot. One thing is clear: Barkley can’t lose again. Before tackling the list, another installment of This Date in Heisman History:
Tags: Aaron Murray, Braxton Miller, Collin Klein, De'Anthony Thomas, E.J. Manuel, Geno Smith, Jarvis Jones, Johnathan Franklin, Le'Veon Bell, Matt Barkley, Montee Ball, Stepfan Taylor, Teddy Bridgewater, The Heisman Trophy
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 15, 2012
Do you remember the last time Notre Dame took a trip to East Lansing? You might not remember the game’s first 60 minutes and change, but that’s fine: things didn’t get wild until overtime, when Michigan State answered a Notre Dame field goal with the most audacious coaching decision of the 2010 season. Now you remember, right? Dan Conroy is lined up for the potentially game-tying 46-yard field goal; Aaron Bates, the punter and team captain, was the holder; tight end Charlie Gantt was lined up one spot inside from the edge to Conroy’s right. The call: “Little Giants.” The snap went to Bates, as expected – and then came the unexpected. You’ll see the rest of the play later tonight, when the Irish and Spartans meet in one of the day’s marquee games. Let’s run down the entire weekend’s action.
Tags: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, B.Y.U., Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Bo Pelini, Bo Wallace, Bobby Petrino, Boise State, Boston College, Brady Hoke, Braxton Miller, Bret Bielema, Brian Johnson, California, Clancy Pendergast, Cody Fajardo, Connecticut, Danny O'Brien, Eastern Michigan, Everett Golson, Florida, Florida State, Gene Chizik, Georgia Tech, Hugh Freeze, Illinois, Jimbo Fisher, Jon Hays, Kevin Parks, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Mark Hudspeth, Maryland, Massachusetts, Memphis, Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee State, Mississippi, Montee Ball, Navy, Nebraska, Northern Illinois, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Paul Chryst, Penn State, Perry Jones, Pittsburgh, Randy Edsall, Ron English, Stanford, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Travis Wilson, Tyler Bray, Tyler Wilson, U.S.C., Urban Meyer, Utah, Utah State, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Will Muschamp, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Aug 14, 2012
Not that Luke Fickell didn’t have his hands full. And not that this wasn’t one of the youngest Ohio State teams in recent memory. And not that the team, planning on having Terrelle Pryor and company in the fold in time for the heart of Big Ten play, wasn’t thrown a loop when the old guard didn’t ride into town and save the day in October. But there’s one fact that can’t be ignored: not counting the forfeited season of 2010, Ohio State finished with a losing record for the first time since 1988 and for only the second time since 1967. The slide was inevitable, perhaps, and so was the glee with which it was greeted by the rest of the Big Ten. Here’s guessing that Ohio State will have the last laugh: Enter Urban Meyer — and you can hear the collective giggles over Ohio State’s slide catch in the collective throat of the Big Ten.
Tags: Ben Buchanan, Big Ten, Bradley Roby, Braxton Miller, Bri'onte Dunn, C.J. Barnett, Carlos Hyde, Chris Fields, Christian Bryant, Corey Brown, Corey Linsley, Curtis Grant, Devin Smith, Drew Basil, Etienne Sabino, Everett Withers, Garrett Goebel, Jack Mewhort, Jake Stoneburner, John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, Jordan Hall, Luke Fickell, Michael Thomas, Ohio State, Reid Fragel, Ryan Shazier, Taylor Decker, Tom Herman, Travis Howard, Urban Meyer, Zach Smith
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 30, 2012
Another Wisconsin-themed hypothetical question: Where would you have ranked the Badgers’ quarterbacks against the rest of the Big Ten if Danny O’Brien had instead opted for, say, Penn State? If Wisconsin had gone into 2012 with options like Joe Brennan and Jon Budmayr, it would have joined Michigan State as the only two teams in the conference to not return a quarterback with at least one career start under his belt. So consider the toppling dominoes: O’Brien should start, which should push Brennan into a more fitting role as his backup, which will allow Budmayr to heal and former walk-on Joel Stave to develop.
Tags: Al Borges, Andrew Maxwell, Big Ten, Bill O'Brien, Braxton Miller, Brion Carnes, Caleb TerBush, Cameron Coffman, Cody Sokol, Connor Cook, Danny O'Brien, Denard Robinson, Devin Gardner, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Jake Rudock, James Vandenberg, Jerry Kill, Joe Brennan, Jon Budmayr, Kain Colter, Kenny Guiton, Kevin Wilson, MarQueis Gray, Matt McGloin, Max Shortell, Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nathan Scheelhaase, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Paul Jones, Penn State, Peter Badovinac, Purdue, Reilly O'Toole, Rob Bolden, Rob Henry, Robert Marve, Taylor Martinez, Tim Beckman, Tre Roberson, Trevor Siemian, Urban Meyer, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Mar 9, 2012
Not that Luke Fickell didn’t have his hands full. And not that this wasn’t one of the youngest Ohio State teams in recent memory. And not that the team, planning on having Terrelle Pryor and company in the fold in time for the heart of Big Ten play, wasn’t thrown a loop when the old guard — DeVier Posey, for example — didn’t ride into town and save the day in October. But there’s one fact that can’t be ignored: Not counting the forfeited season of 2010, Ohio State finished with a losing record for the first time since 1988 and for only the second time since 1967. The slide was inevitable, perhaps, and so was the glee with which it was greeted by the rest of the Big Ten. Here’s guessing that Ohio State will have the last laugh.
Tags: Big Ten, Braxton Miller, Dan Herron, DeVier Posey, Jim Tressel, John Simon, Johnathan Hankins, Kevin Wilson, Luke Fickell, Ohio State, Urban Meyer
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By Paul Myerberg // Dec 13, 2011
Perhaps the only surprising aspect of Robert Griffin III’s Heisman win was that he won the South region, garnering 303 points to Trent Richardson’s 256 in an area easily labeled as SEC country: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. That Griffin won at all is far from surprising, nor is that fact that he won by a fairly comfortable margin. His coronation complete, we can close the book on the race for the 2011 Heisman Trophy. And begin looking towards 2012, as it’s never too soon to handicap an award ceremony 12 months away, right?
Tags: Braxton Miller, Casey Pachall, Collin Klein, David Wilson, Denard Robinson, Geno Smith, Marcus Lattimore, Matt Barkley, Sammy Watkins, The Heisman Trophy, Tyrann Mathieu
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By Paul Myerberg // Nov 1, 2011
I don’t want to say it. I don’t want to say it because it’s a bit ridiculous, unless you believe in that sort of thing. But the idea was floated about after Wisconsin’s second straight heartbreaking loss, with Ohio State’s late heave joining Michigan State’s desperation Hail Mary: karma. The Badgers, and Bret Bielema in particular, were getting their comeuppance for the various forms of unwritten-rule dastardly deeds a season ago. Do you buy that?
Tags: Bob Stoops, Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Rose Bowl, Wisconsin
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By Paul Myerberg // Sep 6, 2011
Texas signed 22 recruits in February. Eighteen played on Saturday against Rice, a program-high since Mack Brown took over in 1998. That’s a jaw-dropping total for the Longhorns, who stockpile tremendously talented recruits on an annual basis but can often afford to redshirt a good number of incoming freshmen thanks to the program’s depth across the board. For example, Texas has 25 redshirt freshmen on the roster: a portion are of the walk-on variety, but Mack Brown will typically redshirt roughly a third of a recruiting class as freshmen. It’s a new year in Austin. And it’s a new year across the country, where fresh-faced rookies saw immediate playing time for programs big – like Texas – and small.