It’s no secret that Ohio State is not known historically for being a passing team. The Buckeyes, despite their ability to run over teams a year ago, have to improve on their No. 105 ranking in passing yards per game.
A lot of it has to do with Braxton Miller’s progression as a passer.
He still has a ways to go as far as being consistent in his mechanics, but he has natural arm talent. It’s just been a matter of him adjusting to the speed of the college game, which he understood much better in 2012 than he did as a freshman.
But the other big problem that has held the Ohio State passing attack back for the last two years has been the lack of a consistent No. 1 wide receiver.
Corey “Philly” Brown and Devin Smith were a decent tandem a year ago, as each had over 600 yards receiving and nine touchdowns between them.
The problem has been that neither has truly become that go-to guy consistently throughout a season. Each player took turns with the role, but it’s been tough for either to assert themselves as “the guy.”
Brown is the volume receiver on the team, but never had a gain of 40 yards or more all season. Smith could make the big play at any time in the game, but also had issues with drops and completely disappeared from the offense in two games—Nebraska and Penn State.
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