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Ohio State Football: 3 Things Standing in the Way of a Big Ten Championship

Down three points late in the fourth quarter of the 2013 Big Ten Championship Game, Ohio State was in Michigan State territory, needing just two yards on fourth down to keep its title hopes alive. The ball was snapped, Braxton Miller swept to the right side, and the perimeter blockers opened a clear path for a potential burst to the end zone. But Jeff Heuerman’s man broke free on the interior, surged into the backfield and stopped Miller short of the conversion. Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes were largely outplayed by a more determined team that night, but one play could have swung the momentum—and a conference title—their way. Will something that small prevent Ohio State from winning a Big Ten title in 2014? It’s possible. Despite the months of training, preparation and game-planning, one play could make or break a season. That’s usually the way it goes for the true contenders. Elite teams—such as the 2002 Ohio State squad that won a national title—overcome their bigger obstacles or deficiencies and come through with a big play in crunch time. What big issues are standing in the way of Ohio State’s Big Ten title chances this year? Braxton Miller’s Durability Ohio State’s superstar quarterback has had an injury-plagued career in Columbus. In 2011, the Buckeyes had a 21-point lead midway through the third quarter against Nebraska when Miller rolled his ankle. He was unable to finish the game, and the…

Ohio State Spring Game Proves How Important Braxton Miller Is to Buckeyes

Braxton Miller is still recovering from minor shoulder surgery, which prevented him from strapping on his pads and suiting up for Ohio State’s spring game Saturday afternoon. His absence proved just how important he is to the Buckeyes’ 2014 season and potential title run. Without Miller, Ohio State’s scrimmage featured the top two candidates for the backup spot—redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones and redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett. While Jones has received a lot of praise this spring, he struggled Saturday, completing just 14-of-31 passes for 126 yards. Barrett was a bit better, connecting on 17-of-33 passes for 151 yards. Neither quarterback threw a touchdown or completed a pass longer than 35 yards. Those are disappointing numbers for both signal-callers, who were operating pass-heavy offenses against defenses that didn’t blitz. Urban Meyer was hoping to see more from Jones, who has surged ahead of Barrett for the No. 2 quarterback spot. Finding a safety net for Miller was one of Ohio State’s top priorities this offseason. When Miller sprained his knee against San Diego State early last season, Ohio State turned to backup quarterback Kenny Guiton, who kept the Buckeyes playing at a very high level for three consecutive weeks. That was 11 months after Guiton saved Ohio State’s perfect 2012 season against Purdue. The Buckeyes were in a world of hurt when Miller got knocked out of the game, but Guiton orchestrated one of the most improbable comebacks…

Ohio State Football: Inside Look at Braxton Miller’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Braxton Miller is an excellent football player. Drawing that conclusion only requires a few moments with his highlight film or a simple glance at his trophy case. Miller is one of college football’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, and he has spent a majority of his three-year career tormenting the teams tasked with defending Ohio State’s offense. What’s scary, though, is that he could be a whole lot better in 2014. Looking Back at 2013 Despite missing most of three games with a sprained knee, Miller had an exceptional 2013 season—notching career highs in completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s always been an elite running threat, but in 2013, Miller began taking steps to become a more well-rounded quarterback. This process started in the winter, when he enlisted the services of quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. With Whitfield’s tutelage and Urban Meyer pushing him to be “the best fundamental quarterback in the country” (per Ethan Day of The Lantern), Miller showcased better mechanics and footwork en route to a career year. That said, he was far from the best, which is a big reason why he returned for his senior season. According to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Meyer said that Miller lacks some qualities that NFL quarterbacks need. I’ve talked to some general managers and some good friends of mine that are coaches. I’ve gone through every quarterback I’ve had, Alex Smith, I’ve seen what…

Ohio State Football: Inside Look at Braxton Miller’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Braxton Miller is an excellent football player. Drawing that conclusion only requires a few moments with his highlight film or a simple glance at his trophy case. Miller is one of college football’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, and he has spent a majority of his three-year career tormenting the teams tasked with defending Ohio State’s offense. What’s scary, though, is that he could be a whole lot better in 2014. Looking Back at 2013 Despite missing most of three games with a sprained knee, Miller had an exceptional 2013 season—notching career highs in completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s always been an elite running threat, but in 2013, Miller began taking steps to become a more well-rounded quarterback. This process started in the winter, when he enlisted the services of quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. With Whitfield’s tutelage and Urban Meyer pushing him to be “the best fundamental quarterback in the country” (per Ethan Day of The Lantern), Miller showcased better mechanics and footwork en route to a career year. That said, he was far from the best, which is a big reason why he returned for his senior season. According to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Meyer said that Miller lacks some qualities that NFL quarterbacks need. I’ve talked to some general managers and some good friends of mine that are coaches. I’ve gone through every quarterback I’ve had, Alex Smith, I’ve seen what…

Ohio State Football: Inside Look at Braxton Miller’s Strengths and Weaknesses

Braxton Miller is an excellent football player. Drawing that conclusion only requires a few moments with his highlight film or a simple glance at his trophy case. Miller is one of college football’s most dangerous dual-threat quarterbacks, and he has spent a majority of his three-year career tormenting the teams tasked with defending Ohio State’s offense. What’s scary, though, is that he could be a whole lot better in 2014. Looking Back at 2013 Despite missing most of three games with a sprained knee, Miller had an exceptional 2013 season—notching career highs in completions, completion percentage, passing yards and passing touchdowns. He’s always been an elite running threat, but in 2013, Miller began taking steps to become a more well-rounded quarterback. This process started in the winter, when he enlisted the services of quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. With Whitfield’s tutelage and Urban Meyer pushing him to be “the best fundamental quarterback in the country” (per Ethan Day of The Lantern), Miller showcased better mechanics and footwork en route to a career year. That said, he was far from the best, which is a big reason why he returned for his senior season. According to Jeremy Fowler of CBS Sports, Meyer said that Miller lacks some qualities that NFL quarterbacks need. I’ve talked to some general managers and some good friends of mine that are coaches. I’ve gone through every quarterback I’ve had, Alex Smith, I’ve seen what…

Ohio State’s Season, Braxton Miller’s Heisman Hopes Riding on Young O-Line

There’s an old saying in football—you’re only as good as the 300-pound offensive linemen in front of you. Well, that’s not an actual adage, but it might as well be for Ohio State this season. The Buckeyes are undergoing a near-complete overhaul up front in 2014. Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Ed Warinner need to replace four senior starters, all of whom spent multiple years in the first-team rotation. Ohio State’s season—and on a secondary level, Braxton Miller’s Heisman Trophy hopes—will be riding on the wide shoulders of those big guys in the trenches. According to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch, Warinner believes he has the right players: We have some good young players and some older ones who haven’t played much. What we lack is experience, but I think we’re going to have enough talent. I know we have a good work ethic. They’re tough. They train hard. Taylor Decker, the sole returner who started all 14 games at right tackle last season, is moving to the left side to protect Miller’s blind side. He’ll be expected to lead a very young group through spring practice. Through one week, Decker thinks the competition is lifting the unit’s energy. “Guys are flying around trying to make a good effort and make a good impression on the coaches,” Decker said, according to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors. “That’s good to have, guys working hard giving it all they have every play.” Contenders…

Ohio State’s Season, Braxton Miller’s Heisman Hopes Riding on Young O-Line

There’s an old saying in football—you’re only as good as the 300-pound offensive linemen in front of you. Well, that’s not an actual adage, but it might as well be for Ohio State this season. The Buckeyes are undergoing a near-complete overhaul up front in 2014. Urban Meyer and offensive line coach Ed Warinner need to replace four senior starters, all of whom spent multiple years in the first-team rotation. Ohio State’s season—and on a secondary level, Braxton Miller’s Heisman Trophy hopes—will be riding on the wide shoulders of those big guys in the trenches. According to Bill Rabinowitz of The Columbus Dispatch, Warinner believes he has the right players: We have some good young players and some older ones who haven’t played much. What we lack is experience, but I think we’re going to have enough talent. I know we have a good work ethic. They’re tough. They train hard. Taylor Decker, the sole returner who started all 14 games at right tackle last season, is moving to the left side to protect Miller’s blind side. He’ll be expected to lead a very young group through spring practice. Through one week, Decker thinks the competition is lifting the unit’s energy. “Guys are flying around trying to make a good effort and make a good impression on the coaches,” Decker said, according to Kyle Rowland of Eleven Warriors. “That’s good to have, guys working hard giving it all they have every play.” Contenders…

Ohio State Football: Week 1 Spring Practice Stock Report

Ohio State’s 2013 season came to a crashing end with an Orange Bowl loss to Clemson two months ago, but a new season officially kicked off this week as the Buckeyes took the field for the start of spring practice. After saying goodbye to departing players, adding seven new freshmen as early enrollees and going through winter conditioning, this was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate its roster. Here’s a breakdown of the biggest storylines, most heated position battles and early stars from the first week of spring practice. Storylines Unfortunately for Ohio State, the biggest storylines from the first week of spring practice are injury/health-related. Bad news struck for the Buckeyes before they even hit the field. The day before spring practice started, it was announced that Urban Meyer recently underwent minor brain surgery to alleviate recurring headaches caused by a cyst that needed to be drained. That didn’t keep Meyer off the field, though. Ohio State’s head man prowled the practice field Tuesday, sporting a white Buckeyes hat as the team went through drills. Meyer won’t miss any time as he recovers. Like his coach, Braxton Miller is also recovering from minor surgery. Unlike Meyer, Ohio State’s star quarterback will not be able to take part in spring drills. Miller’s shoulder surgery won’t knock him completely out of the picture. The Buckeyes plan to strap a video camera onto his hat and force him to narrate each offensive…

Ohio State Football: Week 1 Spring Practice Stock Report

Ohio State’s 2013 season came to a crashing end with an Orange Bowl loss to Clemson two months ago, but a new season officially kicked off this week as the Buckeyes took the field for the start of spring practice. After saying goodbye to departing players, adding seven new freshmen as early enrollees and going through winter conditioning, this was the first opportunity for the coaching staff to evaluate its roster. Here’s a breakdown of the biggest storylines, most heated position battles and early stars from the first week of spring practice. Storylines Unfortunately for Ohio State, the biggest storylines from the first week of spring practice are injury/health-related. Bad news struck for the Buckeyes before they even hit the field. The day before spring practice started, it was announced that Urban Meyer recently underwent minor brain surgery to alleviate recurring headaches caused by a cyst that needed to be drained. That didn’t keep Meyer off the field, though. Ohio State’s head man prowled the practice field Tuesday, sporting a white Buckeyes hat as the team went through drills. Meyer won’t miss any time as he recovers. Like his coach, Braxton Miller is also recovering from minor surgery. Unlike Meyer, Ohio State’s star quarterback will not be able to take part in spring drills. Miller’s shoulder surgery won’t knock him completely out of the picture. The Buckeyes plan to strap a video camera onto his hat and force him to narrate each offensive…

Ohio State Misses Chance to Get Better with Braxton Miller out This Spring

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,…

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