While they may have finished with a perfect 12-0 record in 2012, there are an abundant amount of glaring questions facing the 2013 Ohio State Buckeyes. They did escape many close games which shows the true toughness of a elite college football team. The one aspect they must look at is one they will need for another perfect record and that is keeping Braxton Miller healthy.
A breakout year in 2012, Miller is a preseason Heisman contender already. With the rare ability of size, speed and arm strength, Miller looks to take steps forward this year. He did throw for over 2,000 yards and ran for another 1,200, the biggest thing is keeping him on the field.
One way of keeping Miller safe is limiting his hits. While scrambling is a big part of his game, Miller has a new wide receiver coming into Columbus that will make him take that chance to throw up a jump ball instead of racing down field and absorbing a brutal hit.
Jalin Marshall, a highly ranked wide receiver committed, to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes over a year ago. The Ohio native looks to be an immediate impact on both the offense and special teams.
Marshall, like Miller is a athlete. He currently plays quarterback for his high school team but his future is catching the ball, not throwing it. Marshall is very dangerous after the catch and could even play some running back if called upon.
The 6’1 190 lb prospect had a break out game in last months Under Armor All American game on both sides of the ball. Marshall, who is still trying to learn the role of wide receiver, caught a 44 yard pass during the second quarter. In the third, he made a open field tackle on a punt return.
Braxton Miller is the key to Ohio States success. Getting an elite athlete like Marshall will help Miller stay safe and also make Ohio States offense more dangerous.