Friday, February 24, 2012

The Future is Bright for Ohio State Quarterback Braxton Miller

Judging by the following video highlights of Buckeye QB Braxton Miller from his freshman year at Ohio State, it's safe to assume he should will flourish in new head coach Urban Meyer's offensive system.

When you look at what he was able to do in 2011 with an inept offensive coordinator and practically zero in-game coaching, it's easy find yourself frothing at the mouth over the potential Miller has now that Ohio State has a top-notch coaching staff in place.

Miller ran the ball a lot and with great success at Wayne HS — often from a shotgun/spread/zone-read set — so he should feel very comfortable with what Meyer brings to the table.

Miller is much more than a scrambling quarterback, however, so he will also drop back and air it out as well. The Buckeyes have loads of young, talented wide receivers returning and several arriving in this years class. If as an offense, you want to pass the ball, it obviously helps to have playmakers at receiver, and Ohio State will have a handful of them in 2012.

Miller compares very well to former-Buckeye QB, Troy Smith, therefore, I expect Meyer to use Miller more like he used Chris Leak than he did Tim Tebow.

He has the athletic ability to run or to avoid the pass rush with his feet to buy extra time to find an open receiver down the field. His arm strength and passing mechanics are good. The only real improvements he needs to make would be to fine-tune his accuracy and tighten up the spiral on his passes.

As mentioned, here are a few highlight videos from the 2011 season that illustrate what a nightmare Braxton can be for opposing defenses — and remember, Miller made these plays, often on his own with little or no help from the previous, inept coaching staff.

There's no doubt Miller is an amazing and gifted talent on the brink of greatness. I can't wait to watch him blossom under Meyer in Ohio State's new and improved offense.

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