|Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has shown he can deliver when a game is on the line.|
Ohio State senior Braxton Miller leads all current FBS quarterbacks in producing game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime.
Miller, who toyed with the idea of turning pro after last season but decided to stay for his senior year, has six such drives, a survey conducted in the past week by FBS sports information directors showed. Miller had three game-winning drives last season.
Navy junior Keenan Reynolds is second with five career game-winning drives and East Carolina senior Shane Carden is third with four.
"I think Braxton having the most game-winning drives reinforces what we have believed about this young man all along: that he is a fierce competitor and one of the most valuable players in the country," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said in a release from the school.
Miller, who is 26-8 as a starting quarterback, has led at least one game-winning drive in each of his three seasons. He should go into this fall as one of the top five Heisman contenders.
Miller (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is a great fit for Meyer's run-heavy version of the spread and is a true dual-threat quarterback. But NFL scouts will be looking for improvement from Miller as a passer this fall; the more he improves as a passer, the earlier he will hear his name called in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Denver Broncos star Peyton Manning leads all current NFL quarterbacks with 49 game-winning drives -- two behind all-time leader Dan Marino. Second-most among current quarterbacks is Tom Brady of the New England Patriots with 37, and New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees is third with 31.
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