How Braxton Miller Can Avoid Denard Robinson-Like Senior Letdown

The Ohio State Buckeyes received the best news they’ll get all offseason when starting quarterback Braxton Miller announced in early January that he’ll be returning for his senior season.

That he probably wasn’t ready to be an NFL signal-caller is a debate for another day, but there’s little doubt about his dynamic ability at the college level. In 2013, Miller totaled more than 3,000 yards of offense to go along with 36 touchdowns, which includes the nearly full three games in which he sat out due to injury.

Something Ohio State fans may not want to hear, however, is that those numbers are eerily similar to the ones put up by Michigan’s Denard Robinson in his junior season. The Wolverines’ dual-threat wizard also had 36 total touchdowns. He accounted for more than 3,300 yards but did throw 15 interceptions compared with Miller’s seven.

To those who show “Script Ohio” to their newborn children, the headline may sound silly. He’s better than Robinson, has a better team around him, has a better coach and is just flat-out more talented, right?

But the solution to avoiding a letdown in his senior season may not be so simple, and some of those reasons are beyond subjective. Ignoring whether or not you think Miller is a better player to begin with, how can he make sure his final legacy as a Buckeye is an overwhelmingly positive one?

To start, let’s remember that Miller’s ultimate goal, we’ll assume, is to be a starting quarterback in the NFL. In order to accomplish that goal,…

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