Braxton Miller to Start Saturday

By Alex on September 22, 2011 at 12:19p
66 Comments

For all of you Bauserman haters out there, you got your wish. Luke Fickell just confirmed on his weekly radio show that Braxton Miller will get his first career start at home this Saturday against Colorado.

I think this is a great move, as Bauserman proved that he's not the type of talent to lead this team to a Big Ten title. Miller, while inexperienced, has shown flashes that he can be a big time playmaker, but will need to find a way to limit turnovers so that the big plays far outweigh those freshman moments.

It looks like the Miller Era is here folks. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the start of something special.

(h/t to FlipBuckeye on the news)

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BED's picture

WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

Buckeyebrowny919's picture

Thank the sweet lord baby Jesus

To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift - Steve Prefontaine

jfrank373's picture

ABOUT TIME!!!!  Thanks for playing Joe, but it's MILLER TIME.

Colin's picture

Finally the coaching staff is thinking straight.

flipbuckeye's picture

I'm sure we'll still see a lot of Bauserman.

M Man's picture

Do you think so?  I don't, unless Miller is terrible.  And I don't expect Miller to be terrible.  I don't think he's terrible; he's just a freshman.  Although having come in as an early-enrollee, I'd have expected Miller to be farther along.

But as for Plan B:  Not Guiton?

On Freshmen QB's in the B1G...  We actually got away with a lot in 2009, with Freshman Tate Forcier running things on offense, and a Greg Robinson defense.  There is a lesson, in the fact that Denard Robinson (who, unlike Forcier was NOT an early enrollee) could not beat out his classmate Tate Forcier for the starting job in 2009.  2010 was a different story.  2012 could be a whole different story for Braxton Miller.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

Hey M Man - always appreciate your comments - solid and add value

Lucys Daddy is a Buckeye's picture

Agree.  M Man delivers the goods.

...And when we win the game, We'll buy a keg of booze....And we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes...

Buckeye Black's picture

I've always been a Bud Light man, but I may have to celebrate some Miller Time this weekend.

Maestro's picture

Go Braxton.

Sure hope they have catered the game plan to his talents. I want him under center some, but the kid needs to run the spread more than not IMHO.

vacuuming sucks

millertime2011's picture

my handle finally applies!!! I was terrified when i saw the grey box with miller's name before i was able to read it, thought it was gonna say he transferred or blew out his knee haha

razrback16's picture

Better late than never

German Buckeye's picture

...and if Miller just craps it up on Saturday and we lose with him at the helm?  Then better not hear any whiners complaining.  You are getting what you asked for.  Poor Guiton and Graham, wonder what they would be thinking.  

Matt M.'s picture

Better to trust the future than cling to the past. Fear of the unknown gets you nowhere. No risk, no reward. Even with mistakes, this is an opportunity to grow.

CGroverL's picture

My thoughts exactly. I always thought that Miller playing was the best for the future and hoped that Stan Drayton would turn Jordan Hall into a 2nd coming of Percy Harvin. Those Florida offenses put up plenty of yards and points while not having a very effective passer. I did really think that Bauserman would win more games than Miller would this year but never expected for Bauserman to be more conservative and take less risks than the Bucks' offensive coaches do with their play calling. In fact, I didn't think that it was even possible to be more conservative than the Buckeyes' offensive staff. Bauserman proved me wrong and my foot is still stuck in my throat.

 

Anyway...I'm with you, Matt. Take chances to score more points but not to the effect that the mistakes kill you. Grow from here on out. I think that the growing process eliminates Bauserman from the playing field but since Miller's redshirt is burned already, I see no reason to not play him full time.

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Buckeyejason's picture

If Miller craps it up and we lose, than

1.We must've played bad on all aspects of the game i.e. Running the ball, defense, special teams.

2. He's a freshman and it will be his 1st start ever.

3. You will prob hear some people say "where the hell is Guiton or Graham!"

BUCKEYES BABY!

Riggins's picture

If Miller sucks on Saturday, I'm still 100% on board with him starting the rest of the season.  Every snap Braxton takes is an investment for 2012, 2013, and 2014.  I don't understand people who are still clinging to Bauserman/Graham/Guiton.  Braxton is the future. It's plain to see he has the most talent. 

I don't get much out of beating Indiana 20-9 or Minnesota 21-13.  Play the guy that gives you a chance against the Wisconsins, Nebraskas, LSUs, Oregons, etc.

Alex's picture

+10000000000000000000 to your comments about investing in the future.....we all want to win now, but if they truly believe Braxton is the future starter, play him now and never look back

BuckeyeSaab's picture

Yes, yes and yes.

Bauserman is not going to improve, he is 52 years old and at his ceiling.  What we have seen is what he has and with him are in trouble against any team with a decent defense.

Miller, while less experienced, has way more upside.  I am all for this move.

Also, Miller has not been throwing what I like to call, "WTF balls".  TP threw them in bunches and I think you all know what I am talking about.  Yes, Miller is leading defenders with his eyes, but he seems like he throws a better ball now than TP did as a Freshmen.  For example his interception was the result of leading a defender who got a hand up to create a highlight reel fluke of a INT and not of a WTF ball.

 

I'm sorry for not being sorry.

Rooster Buckburn's picture

was making this point the other day - Bauserman is not likely to improve at this point in his career - more reason than ever to embrace the future now

rkylet83's picture

Honestly, I'd be okay with a crappy performance.  We got a crappy one from Bauserman against Miami and Toledo so I'd rather take the hit for future growth rather than just the hit.

CGroverL's picture

After last week's performance, I need a hit....where is that pipe anyway? Oops! Did I say that out loud?

"I hope they're last in everything"

Thanks, Urb!

Buckeye in Athens's picture

Guiton and Graham had an equal chance to win the starting job, just like Braxton.

I, for one, welcome our new Braxton overlord.

BED's picture

+ over 9000

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

klfeck's picture

Anyone who has watched Bauserman perform mop up duty the last couple years knew that he brought very little to the table. Maybe if he was playing on a team stocked full of talent, like an SEC team with an extra recruiting class, he could get away with being less than mediocre. But not on this talent suspended/graduated/ran out on a rail Buckeye team.

 

If we are going to have less than a stellar year than lets start developing our future now.

P.S,

After meeting Guiton, TP, and Graham, and knowing the lineage of Graham I am still surprised Graham did not turn out to be more of a player. Standing next to Pryor he actaully looked bigger and with his family genetics I expected more out of him. Maybe if the Bucks had a first class O line.

 

Kevin
OH!!!!!
Proud parent of a Senior at The Ohio State University

3 Fast 3 Furious's picture

Release the Braxton!

 

BED's picture

I almost spit out my coffee.

The Ohio State University, College of Arts & Sciences, Class of 2006
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009

AltaBuck's picture

I just hope the coaching staff are conveying the right message to Braxton. If he feels that as soon as he makes a mistake he will be pulled for Baus, then I am afraid he won't be very effective in his first start at least in the passing game. Let Braxton know that Joe B will get some PT (I think this is a given no matter how Braton plays) but that PT will not be subject to his play (good or bad).

Besides losing, nothing pissed me off more than Fickell/Bollman pulling him after the fumble in the Miami game.

I live in Denver and no one is really talking about this game probably because the Buffs have sucked for so long under Hawkins (this will change in a heart beat if they pull off the upset and will be a living hell for me).  I like their new HC, John Embry, and believe he has them on the right track.  He'll have them ready to play.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Nappy's picture

Im flying out to Denver tonight.  Whats a good place to catch the game out there?

Fan of bacon since 1981

Jdadams01's picture

There's a BW3's in Arvada where a group gets together every week. The owner is an alum and reserves a large area for us. A large group of the Ohio State Rocky Mountain Alumni Club come here. A TV every 6 inches, fellow buckeyes, and servers who are comfortable with our Buckeye obsession. Here's the address:

8350 W. 80th Avenue

Arvada, CO   80005

At the entrance, just tell them you're with the Ohio State crowd and they'll tell you where to go.

Jdadams01's picture

Oh, and he just renovated the place, so it has a brand new HD and sound system.

Nappy's picture

Thanks.  I'm staying w/ a friend in Castle Rock so I doubt we venture that far north, but I appreciate the heads up. 

Fan of bacon since 1981

AltaBuck's picture

There is another Lodos in south denver (8545 South Quebec Street, Highlands Ranch) about 20 minutes from castle rock.  A good group of Alumni meet there as well.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Nappy's picture

Is this referred to as Lodo South?  I think I've been there before when I lived in Parker.  I'll be sure to check it out.  I am in town for UFC, but staying in Castle Rock all weekend.  My liver will hate me Saturday.

Fan of bacon since 1981

AltaBuck's picture

Correct (Quebec exit off of I - 470).  That's what livers are made for.

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Lucys Daddy is a Buckeye's picture

Livers are evil and must be punished.

...And when we win the game, We'll buy a keg of booze....And we'll drink to old Ohio til we wobble in our shoes...

AltaBuck's picture

I think you stated in a previous post you are out here for the UFC event at the Pepsi Center.  If you are staying downtown, Crocs (1630 Market St) or Lodos (1946 Market St). There will be plenty of tOSU fans at each location.

FYI - Crocs is a few blocks closer to the Pepsi Center compared to Lodos

I have been known on occasion to howl at the moon. - Crash Davis

Seth4Bucks's picture

I too live in Colorado, but I'm down in the Colorado Springs area. Here's the Rocky Mountain Alumni Club's game watch locations.

http://www.coloradobuckeyes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=articl...

If you're staying in Castle Rock, the closest to you is Lodo's. It's bee about a year since I last went since I now have the BTN. But I always found an intelligent group of people to talk with. They're not the rowdiest bunch I've ever watched a game with, so don't expect a lot of screaming. Granted I never watched a game there that we struggled hugely in as those were usually on ABC or somesuch. There are (or were) some pretty decent looking Buckeye ladies there. Plus one of the requirements for the Lodo staff seemed to be cuteness/hotness factor.

Mulligan's Pub is also a good choice, but that's way far out of your way.

bucknut24's picture

As long a Miller hangs on to the ball we will be fine.  If there is no one open he is going to run which the Baus couldn't do.  We'll smoke them will Miller and I might have to do what Buckeye Black is doing and switch to Miller Lite :)

btalbert25's picture

I've always been content with the fact that Yes, this team will lose games with Braxton at the helm, because this team is young, and right now not very good.  They'll lose sure, he'll make mistakes sure, but better to get it all out this year so 2012 can be something special.  With Braxton at QB or not, I still feel this is a 4-6 loss team.

phxbuck's picture

I had deja vu deja vu last Saturday.  Texas in 2005, USC in 2008, and now Miami in 2011.  Wonder if the next time we have a head coach that wants to start the slow white guy who can't throw consistent spirals he will look through the history books and go with the younger athletic QB instead.  I feel like our program some times acts like my high school football coach that would start seniors because he felt he owed it to them. 

madhatterhater's picture

I am also on board with Miller Time!  Invest in the future.  It will also show if he's the guy or not for future recruiting. 

 

PS.  I would love to punch TP in the face right now.

go bucks

BrewstersMillions's picture

Right because only TP is to blame for all of this. Boom, Posey, Adams and Co. get off easy. They all did this. The fact that TP is the scapegoat in the eyes of most fans for this entire mess is ridiculous.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

btalbert25's picture

Actually, I think the punch to the face should go to Tressel.  If he would've been honest from the get go, we would've had 5 guys suspended for the first 5 games last year and all this crap would be behind us, plus the NCAA never would've been nosing around.  Dohrman and ESPN would've stayed away.  We never would've heard about car deals or Talbott, etc. 

Sgt. Elias's picture

+1000

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

BuckeyeTrack10's picture

I'm more comfortable saying that Braxton lost games cause he's young, but I'd rather he take the bumps and bruises and pick himself up.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Agreed. Every snap he takes is a step towards growth. This season is a bust, sad fact of life. But as Miller grows, so do we. All will be well soon enough. We just need to have the patience to accept that he is a Freshman.

4-6 seconds from point A to point B and when you get to point B, be pissed off

phxbuck's picture

I don't mind at all when a Freshman makes mistakes, I do on the other hand mind when a 35  year old 10th year grey shirt/red shirt Senior can't throw spirals or complete a pass, no bueno. 

Denny's picture

TAP DANCING FOR EVERYONE

Taquitos.

BucksfanXC's picture

I hope his early ascension to the throne doesn't make his head big. He might go around expecting people to give him things and do things for him. Ya know, discounts on tattoos and car rentals...

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Denny's picture

WATCH THE THRONE.

Taquitos.

BucksfanXC's picture

B-Mill goin HAM on the Buffs

“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.”  - Woody

Buckeyejason's picture

Nah I doubt it..Pryor was like that before he stepped foot in Columbus.

Miller, as I've heard has been a quiet and humble kid his whole life.

BUCKEYES BABY!

teakwood's picture

Ill take Guiton Graham And Miller over Bauserman at this point.  Guiton has always showed me he can play and wanted to make plays.  Bauserman has nver done that minus the Akron Game.  He's the guy you put in to keep the real qb from taking anymore hits or handoff whenthe starter takes a big hit and has to sit A PLAY. I cant watch us lose with Bauserman i can on the other hand take solice in knowing that losing with Brax is making strides to the future along with the other studs on Offense.  With the guys we have Minus the line the next two 3 yrs look great for us

 

poguemahone's picture

No Clash fans here? Guns of Braxton, anyone?

 

 

Doug T's picture

Lodo's Bar & Grill
8545 South Quebec Street
Highlands Ranch CO

@nappy this only 18 miles from you.

http://www.coloradobuckeyes.com/

Enjoy your trip.

Buckeyejason's picture

In other news:

Christian Bryant is the new starter over Orhian Johnson via Dave Biddle.

BUCKEYES BABY!

Sgt. Elias's picture

Thank god, looks the coaches are starting to remember how to footbaw

"Okay -- I've got an El Camino full of rampage here." 

Maestro's picture

OJ was never impressive.

vacuuming sucks

Is it Saturday Yet's picture

I agree with this move 1000%

shadyjake's picture

In the words of Denny Green,  Bauserman was who we thought he was. 

Alex's picture

Did everyone scramble to get their Miller shirt? If you haven't I suggest you invest in the "Champagne of Quarterbacks"

BoFuquel's picture

Now Brax take it easy,play within yourself,don't make too many mistakes, and let the defense win this for ya. BUCKEYES FOREVER!!!!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.