Ohio State's Braxton Miller is not a 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist. - Jamie Sabau
The Buckeyes' star quarterback will have to pay further dues before the chance to be honored as one of college football's best ever.
Many Ohio State fans were up in arms a week prior when the Buckeyes' star sophomore quarterback, Braxton Miller, was perceived as snubbed by not being named the Big Ten's all-conference first team quarterback by the league's coaches (they instead gave the honor to Nebraska's Taylor Martinez and recognized Miller as their second team QB). Though Miller would receive high praise by the league's media and ultimately be named the conference's offensive player of the year, the need to embrace some kind of persecution complex (perhaps origin derived from the team's current post season ban predicament) seemed to be all set to define the mentality going into the slow march to Ohio State's 2013 season. Alas, those Ohio State fans may now find themselves with somewhat a meatier, more legitimate snub to complain about.
The Heisman Trophy Trust announced their award finalists Monday evening. The group included Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, and Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. While many expected Miller and potentially USC's dominant wide receiver Marqise Lee to be extended the honor as well, those two will not be headed to the famed Downtown Athletic Club this weekend to see if they'll win college football's most prestigious honor.
Miller's 2012 campaign saw him complete 148-of-254 passes for 2039 yards (58.3%), 15 TDs, and 6 INTs. He also rushed 227 times for 1271 yards and 13 TDs on the year. He'll have to wait for 2013 to see if he's able to break through and be ushered into the pantheon of college football's immortals then.