Thursday, August 15, 2013
Miller No. 2 in first Heisman Watch
By Brian Bennett
ESPN.com's first Heisman Watch of the 2013 season is out today, and Ohio State's Braxton Miller finished second in the initial poll of 16 college football experts.
South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney tops the first poll, as he picked up seven first-place votes and 55 total points. Miller was second with four first-place votes and 40 total points. Last year's Heisman winner, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, placed third with 36 points and two first-place votes.
Miller is definitely a top candidate after finishing fifth in the Heisman voting last year, and though Clowney is insanely talented, it will be a whole lot easier for a quarterback to win this award than a defensive player. No other Big Ten players received a vote in the initial poll, but take heart Taylor Martinez, Devin Gardner and others: This poll means almost nothing for your chances. Want proof? Check out last year's preseason Heisman Watch top 5:
1. USC QB Matt Barkley
2. Wisconsin RB Montee Ball
3. West Virginia QB Geno Smith
4. Michigan QB Denard Robinson
5. Oklahoma QB Landry Jones
None of them finished in the top 10 of the actual Heisman voting. Speaking of voting, Adam and I both participate in the Heisman Watch balloting. Here is how we each ranked our first top 5:
4. Oregon QB Marcus Mariota
5. Alabama QB AJ McCarron
3. Clemson QB Tajh Boyd