Braxton Miller's Top Five Jukes of 2012

By Jeff Beck on April 29, 2013 at 2:00p
31 Comments

Shake and bake, breaking ankles, clowning, or okiedoke freakshow. The term "juke" goes by many names but we all know it when we see it. The ability of one human to make another human think one way then go the other is the most celebrated humiliation in sports. 

Shake and Bake

What makes the move so great is that its appeal spans across a wide breadth of sporting genres. Just take a look at exhibit, A, B and C.

With that said, arguably nowhere is the juke more apparent than on the gridiron.

Over the years, players like Barry Sanders and Michael Vick made it an art form. As they headed onto the field, it seemed it was their personal mission to make their opponents look foolish.

Only the best athletes can collect ankle bones on a regular basis, and Ohio State is lucky enough to have one of them in Braxton Miller.

Miller’s arm and downfield vision continue to develop, but sometimes when a play breaks down he is forced to abandon both of those in favor of what he does best: get shifty.

Over the course of last season, Miller added a number of plays to his highlight reel, but none were flashier than those that occurred when he made the decision to tuck it and run.

Miller has a gift for getting into the open field and he’ll usually find it no matter the number of defenders an opposing team throws his way.

He made a myriad of would-be tacklers look like total Melvins last year, but no okiedokes were greater than the following plays. So, without further adieu, I give you Braxton Miller’s top five jukes of the 2012 season.

#5 Stutter Step: Miami

The first on the list came during the opening game of the season. 

Up 21-3 early in the third quarter, Braxton Miller rolled left on an option, faked the pitch, then t-t-t-t-t-ook it to the house with a pretty little stutter step.

#4 Side Step: Cal

At number four we have this little beauty which came with roughly 5 minutes left to play in the first quarter vs. Cal.

Early on the Buckeyes were looking sluggish, punting on their first two possessions. Then Urban drew up this keeper for Miller. What wasn’t on the white board was the defensive lineman in Brax's face immediately after faking the handoff.

No matter. Miller “Fogo De Chao’d” two would-be tacklers on his way to a 55-yard score.

DAT SIDESTEP

#3 I Don’t Even Know: Nebraska

Number three on the list is this play right here. Down 17-7 against Nebraska, the Buckeyes needed something to go their way. On the offense’s first play of the second quarter, Braxton did this. I’m not even sure how to describe it.

“I had him, Coach, and then…I didn’t.”

The 72-yard run to the Cornhusker 3 would serve as a jumpstart for the Buckeyes’ first offensive TD of the game. The six points would also open up the scoring floodgates as the Scarlet and Gray went on to put up 63 points.

#2 Spin Move: UAB

In a game that was a lot closer than it should have been, the Buckeyes found themselves down, 12-7, to UAB late in the second quarter.

Operating from the shotgun on a designed run, Miller snatched a snap out of the air then hit the circle button to take it in for a 12-yard score. Video game stuff, folks.

#1 AirboRne: Penn State

While all of the aforementioned plays were feathers in Miller’s cap, none was more electrifying than this TD against Penn State. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more impressive one-yard pick up than this.

With third and goal from the 1, Miller received the snap and had the option to hand it off to Carlos Hyde.

Unfortunately, Carlos was busy getting bull-rushed by a PSU defender, so Miller was forced to improvise. And my goodness did he improvise.

Magic

It’s not often you see a player juke someone in mid-air. The score would put the Buckeyes up, 21-10, and they would go on to collect their ninth win of the season.

Keep ballin’, Brax. We see you. 

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dumpus's picture

fogo de chao'd = HE CHEEZY-POPOVER'D 'EM.

now i'm hungry.  damnit. 

hodge's picture

Braxton Miller jukes equals happiness.

BrewstersMillions's picture

Do I come off as arrogant? Shame on me, I was hoping it would more obvious.

jeremytwoface's picture

Said it before and I'll say it again, automatic upvote to Ron Swanson.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

jeremytwoface's picture

Not to squabble over down-votes, but why?

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

Buckeye_in_SEC_country's picture

There are some trolls who will downvote anything.  Best thing to do is ignore it and move.  You tend to get hammered with downvotes for complaining about downvotes. 

jeremytwoface's picture

Yeah...
 
Not complaining, just curious. 

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

This is incredible. MC Esher would be proud, but Ron Swanson doesn't care what MC Esher thinks, because I assume he would say something like, "Whittling is like drawing, but for men." 

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Miller snatched a high snap out of the air then hit the circle button to take it in for a 12-yard score. Video game stuff, folks.

Actually... he hit circle, then square !

jeremytwoface's picture

Man... 
 
I can not wait to see more plays like this later this year.

The first man gets the ((((Oyster)))), the second man gets the shell.

GoBucks713's picture

you'll get your wish in 124 days my friend

-The Aristocrats!

BrooklynBuckeye's picture

I heard the PSU play actually wasn't an option. I thought Urban or someone said it was a called handoff to El Guapo and Brax chose not to hand it off, which is all the more incredible. 

jthiel09's picture

I knew before I clicked on this what #1 would be ... one of the best plays to gain a mere yard in recent memory for any player in college football.

JT

Bigbutterbuckeye's picture

This was exactly what I was thinking too, although there was something special in each of the other four also. I watched the four second slice of the juke step against Miami over and over. The second defender he made miss against Cal was unbelievable. That guy had him all the way, then just about fell over his own feet. Against Nebraska it looks like he is running sideways at about 90% of full speed. 

ESPN starting the SEC channel to concentrate on the SEC is like Baskin-Robbins starting a new store to concentrate on selling ice cream.

jthiel09's picture

I agree totally on all of them, all great. There was just something amazing at his ability to make guys miss with very little momentum in play like the others. That 1 yard is one of the best 1 yard plays in a long time, but that Cal guy missing makes me almost feel sorry for him. He got embarrassed.

JT

Spriggz's picture

Todays lesson: never take the option man.

chicagobuckeye's picture

Just quick editing note, on the first play it says OSU was up 28-3, but the score in the corner of the video indicates that play made it 28-3.

Jeff Beck's picture

Great catch. Thanks! Corrected.

bowthrock's picture

I just sprained my ankle watching this.

"Lets beat the shit out of Michigan".... Urban. Frank. Meyer.

input4u's picture

I'm picking up my Jock.  Actually the Hockey highlight is amazing also. 

NCBucks's picture

Braxton Miller for Heisman!!

Hovenaut's picture

These clips have been tagged for further analysis.

Elsewhere, in the Wolverine football camp......

Battle against weight begins tomorrow. I am filled with both dread and excitement.

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

To me the Cal play should be #2.

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

ILbuckeyes's picture

Switch put switch 5 with 3 and 4 with 2.  

MN Buckeye's picture

Absolutely amazing!  What instincts!  Now if he develops in the passing game . . . 

Kevbo714's picture

I loved everything about this, including a reference to Melvins...

Tom Crean listens to Nickelback...

BuckeyeInOrlando's picture

Watched these yesterday... had to come back and watch them again this morning...

BeijingBucks's picture

what was that game where he came to a complete standstill before juking the lone defender in front of him?  
 
I remember thinking at the time 'Now see that's just wrong... to taunt the guy to come you know you are gonna leave behind in puddle of primordial ooze'

 

 

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

IBleedSandG's picture

As awesome as the play @ psu was, my fav is the run vs Cal. I just love the "combo" off moves he threw together on that play. The last guy he juked (LB #6) was 3 feet away and didn't even touch him.
Brax For Hei5man!

"You pick up the rifle and go as hard as you can possibly go."
-UFM

Jimmy Smits's picture

Could watch these all day!

I like nachos