2013 Ohio State Buckeyes Player Profile: Braxton Miller

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As Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller enters his junior season, he’ll be looking to join Troy Smith and Les Horvath as the only Buckeye quarterbacks to win the Heisman Trophy.

If it weren’t for a guy named Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M, Miller could be considered the most versatile quarterback in college football, not just the Big Ten, this season. Miller is poised for a stellar season as a junior and is looking to build on a strong 2012 campaign.

Miller’s ability to create when things break down is something that has to make head coach Urban Meyer happy. Many times last season we saw Miller scramble when things broke down and he either made a great throw on the run or used his feet to pick up a few yards.

Last season, he sometimes got a little careless with the football. Miller often carried the football loose and threw six interceptions. If Miller wants to run the football as much as he does, he’ll need to tuck the football away or he’ll be a fumble-prone target for would-be tacklers.

This fall, as Braxton Miller goes, the Buckeyes go. If running back Carlos Hyde, who’s been reportedly suspended for the first three games, can’t build on a solid 2012 season, the pressure will sit squarely on Miller to make the plays and score the points. If Miller struggles, the Buckeyes could have some troubles winning football games.

Last season, Miller asserted himself as the leader of the Buckeyes team, not just offense, while leading them to an undefeated season. Miller threw for 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns. Following the season, Miller was a second-team All Big Ten selection.

This season, look for Miller to better those numbers and give Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney a run for their money in the Heisman Trophy race.

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