Braxton Miller is a major reason why Ohio State is 10-0 this season. His dynamic play has allowed the Buckeyes to put up an average of 39.9 points per game, good for the 13th-best scoring offense in the nation. However, despite Miller’s stellar play so far through 2012, he has only passed for 100 yards six times this season. That statistic brings up a valid concern about Miller’s overall skill set.
Despite all the hype surrounding the sophomore phenom, Braxton Miller is not a complete quarterback. His completion percentage has been under 60 percent in both seasons behind center. Furthermore, Miller’s inability to stretch the field has limited Ohio State offensively at times this season and could stunt the development of OSU’s younger wideouts.
That all said, Miller’s track record so far says he can win consistently. However, head coach Urban Meyer must keep his star quarterback in a spread-option offense for continued success.
In short, Miller is a prototypical spread-option quarterback: He is athletic enough to wreak havoc on the ground, yet has an arm that defenses must respect. With enough skill players on the outside that can stretch the field, a spread-option offense can open up some nice rushing lanes for a mobile quarterback.
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