As quarterback Braxton Miller sits out the spring recovering from surgery, the Buckeyes are missing on a shot for the team to grow together as a more cohesive unit. Even with a push to task the signal-caller with ample vocal and mental duties, Ohio State is missing out on Miller gelling with the new faces that will push into the starting lineup.
Ohio State is certainly not wasting the spring sessions, even with Miller sidelined due to shoulder surgery. As Ari Wasserman points out at Cleveland.com, the staff is making sure Miller is as engaged as someone in his position can possibly be during practice. Miller is calling plays, pointing out what he sees and helping direct the offense from the sideline, all with a sling on his arm. As Meyer points out:
“He actually calls the play and also tells us what he sees in the secondary (during practice),” Meyer said. “His issues are verbal communication and keeping the eyes on the secondary. It will be a productive spring (for him). He’s into it now.”
Actions that certainly will prove beneficial for the quarterback, who is looking to develop the mental aspect of his game. What he is not getting is a chance to match his physical performance with what he’s seeing on the field—that element will have to wait until summer and into fall camp.
Chalk it up to a series of unfortunate events, as Miller’s February surgery rendered him out for spring, unable to match the physical with the mental. Thus, while Miller’s calling out plays,…