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By Matt McCoy
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has made his share of headlines this off-season. So much so that the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, under NCAA investigation for possibly being paid for signing memorabilia, is no longer the favorite to join Archie Griffin as a two-time Heisman winner.
According to Sports Illustrated and on line sports book Bovada, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has supplanted Manziel as the favorite. Miller is 9-to-2 to win the award, with Manziel 15-to-1.
Maybe that's why Ohio State tight end Jeff Heuerman, when asked what to expect from Miller this year, struck a Heisman pose.
As he enters his second year running Urban Meyer's offense, expectations for Miller are high. The junior was just learning the offense last year...now he feels he has command of it.
"I feel like I know what I'm doing now," Miller said. "Everybody (on the offense) knows what they're doing with the plays, the routes and reading the coverages. That makes it much easier on me too."
It also makes Miller more confident and more of a leader. So says back-up quarterback Kenny Guiton who watches every Miller practice rep and can see the difference.
Guiton, now a senior, would love to play himself but has accepted his role as Miller's understudy and has developed a close working relationship with OSU's dynamic Q.B.
"I try to take a leadership role on the team too," Guiton said. "I try to be a leader on the offense and I just try to let (Miller) know whenver I see a day is not going good, to pick up everybody else and pick up himself and keep doing what he does best."
The relationship between a starting quarterback and his back-up can sometimes become strained. Miller said he's fortunate that is not the case at Ohio State.
"Kenny's my big brother," Miller said. "We've got mutual respect outside of football too and it feels good. He can tell me what I'm doing wrong. He's sees behind (me) in practice and he helps me out a lot."
Miller met with the Ohio State media after Monday's practice and updated us on training camp, the offense, his expectations and more. To listen to Miller click HERE:
Kenny G Still A Hero
When Miller got yanked down in last year's Purdue game, Guiton stepped up and became an Ohio State folk hero. He led the Buckeyes on the game tying drive in the final seconds, and then to the winning TD in overtime in a thrilling 29-22 victory. Without Guiton, the Buckeyes would not have finished 12-0.
It's 10 months later, but Guiton says his performance that afternoon still draws 'thank yous' from fans and students.
"I do get thanked a lot...it's crazy," Guiton said. "I want to than Ohio (State) for giving me this opportunity. It's really cool to be out and every once in a while, someone notices me and says 'hey..great job that game.'"
To listen to Guiton talk about his role as Miller's back-up, the Buckeye offense and more click HERE: