COLUMBUS (AP) — Braxton Miller’s statistics — he’s 15th in the nation in rushing with 117 yards per game — and his team’s record (10-0) mark him as Heisman Trophy material.
But he’s not comfortable talking about himself.
Ohio State has tried hard to make Miller more available to media around the country, hosting a national teleconference on Monday night, but Miller remains a reluctant participant in the Heisman talk.
“Man, it’s tough. A lot of guys come to me about it,” he said of his Heisman candidacy. “I try not to talk about it because I don’t really like talking about myself.”
Asked if there was a play this season where he might have even surprised himself with what he had done, he pointed to the short touchdown run at Penn State where he disdained a handoff to running back Carlos Hyde, took a step toward the line, pulled back so a defender would miss him, then restarted and dived into the end zone.
It was highlight-reel quality.
“It wasn’t a designed keeper. It wasn’t a designed quarterback read or anything like that,” Miller said. “It was basically just a jet handoff to Carlos. I think that they just bull-rushed and some guy came through and hit Carlos and I just pulled it (back) because Carlos got tackled. So I just (took) it on my own and I made some type of move to make somebody miss and I just dove into the end zone.”
MEYER ON BIG TEN CALL: Urban Meyer addressed a variety of topics during Ohio State’s bye week on the Big Ten coaches teleconference on Tuesday.
But one thing he made clear was that he hoped to watch some football this weekend — as a fan, not just the opposing team on video clips.
“I love watching college football, so I sure will,” Meyer said.
He actually was able to watch some last weekend. Since the Buckeyes played at 3:30 p.m. against Illinois, he was able to catch a huge night of top teams in action.
“I did not watch Kansas State (the third-ranked team, which beat Oklahoma State). I did not have a chance,” Meyer said. “I did watch the second half of the Alabama game (against LSU) and I did watch some of the USC-Oregon game. There’s some great football teams out there right now.”
Asked if, when watching such games, he wonders if his Ohio State team is in the same class, he said, “Aw, sure. I try to visualize how we would do. The teams that you just mentioned are playing at a very, very high level. The one common denominator on those teams is speed. That’s an area where we need to improve a little bit. But I certainly like to think we could play with those teams.”
INJURY UPDATE: Meyer said there was better than a 50-50 chance that LB Etienne Sabino (broken bone in his right leg) would be available to play against Wisconsin on Nov. 17.
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