- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Ohio State's Braxton Miller will not be going to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
The Heisman committee decided to invite only three finalists to the ceremony this year: Kansas State's Collin Klein, Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame's Manti Te'o. That means the voting between the No. 3 and No. 4 finisher was not particularly close. It could very well be that Miller finished fourth or fifth in the balloting, which we'll find out about on Saturday night.
Realistically, Miller was not going to win the award this year as the other top contenders did a little bit more. But he had a chance at getting to New York as a finalist, which would have been a great experience for the sophomore quarterback. It would have also been a nice reward for Ohio State's 12-0 season.
The fact that he did not get selected as a finalist should not take away from Miller's outstanding season, where he passed for 2,039 yards, ran for 1,271 yards and accounted for 28 touchdowns on an undefeated team. He was named the Big Ten offensive player and quarterback of the year.
New York will have to wait, but Miller has two more years to try and get there. He should enter the 2013 season as one of the Heisman Trophy favorites.
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