COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State’s Braxton Miller handled the question like he might a hard-charging lineman, by deftly eluding it.
Asked if he considered himself a running quarterback who could pass or vice versa, he laughed and said, ”Both.”
Miller seems to handle everything with ease these days.
Heading into Saturday’s 2013 season opener against Buffalo, the junior is confident and comfortable, surrounded by solid players and assured that this will be a special year.
”The beginning of last year, they had thrown the new offense at me,” Miller said of the transition to Urban Miller’s new coaching staff and spread attack. ”Sometimes, I’d be, like, ‘Man, I forgot what the route was backside.’ But I’m comfortable with everything this year. And I’m ready.”
Miller, quiet and soft-spoken around strangers, now doesn’t shirk at his name being mentioned prominently among Heisman Trophy favorites, and he’s also not flummoxed when facing media or speaking up in the huddle.
”It’s a little different for me. I think everybody else only sees his quiet side,” said his good friend and backup, Kenny Guiton. ”But I’m with him all the time so I get to know exactly who he is. He’s the same person to me. He’s goofy, he loves to play around. His leadership has stepped up a lot, though. A lot. He’s talking more on the field now.”
A year ago, while leading the Buckeyes to a surprising 12-0 season, Miller set a school record for total offense, leading the team with 1,271 rushing yards, scoring 13 touchdowns and also adding 2,039 passing yards and 15 scores with just six interceptions.
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