Braxton Miller's Top Five Jukes of 2013

By Jeff Beck on May 2, 2014 at 11:00a
Okie Doke Freak Show
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Roughly a year ago, I put together a list of Braxton Miller’s Top Five Jukes of 2012. The roundup showcased Braxton’s ability to make opponents look foolish on the regular.

Since then Miller led the Buckeyes to another undefeated regular season, rolling up 1,068 yards in the process. The effort marked Braxton’s second consecutive thousand yard season and solidified him as the Buckeyes No. 7 rusher of all time. He’s now just 714 yards away from Eddie George as the Scarlet and Gray’s No. 2 rusher in history. Repeat that last sentence in your head. Let it resonate. This kid is good.

What makes Miller so dangerous is his ability to make tacklers miss. So, I’ve poured over all 1,068 yards of footage to compile the second annual Braxton Miller’s Top Five Jukes.

No. 5 Michigan Okie Doke Freak Show

Down a touchdown late in the first quarter of The Game, Braxton called his own number on second and three, and slashed up the gut of the Michigan defense. He makes a safety look silly, before giving UM defensive back, Blake Countess, a taste of his stiff arm of justice.

No. 4 Hawkeye Shake and Bake

On the first drive of the fourth quarter against Iowa, the Buckeyes found themselves in an unexpected dogfight. With the score knotted at 24, the Scarlet and Gray faced a 3rd and 7 at the Iowa 28-yard line. The Buckeyes needed seven, Braxton got nine. Call me crazy, but the scramble looked a lot like this gem from Troy Smith.

No. 3 Boiler Flip

Up 21-0 in the first quarter against Purdue, the Buckeyes were threatening to score yet again. Miller took the snap and rolled to his left in an effort to find an open man. Carlos Hyde slowed Purdue linebacker, Sean Robinson, but it was Miller’s juke that put Robinson on the ground…twice. The rest was video game stuff.

No. 2 Hoosier Daddy?

With five minutes to go in the third quarter of a snow-laden tilt against Indiana, Miller took the snap and immediately saw his right side protection break down.  Flushed to his left, Braxton should have gone down at least twice behind the line of scrimmage. Instead, he went full pinball mode for 17 yards and a first down.

No. 1 WATCH OUT Wolverine!

So I’ll admit this might not be Miller’s most impressive looking juke, but I assure you it was one of his most effective. Down a touchdown and facing a 2nd and 10 from the Michigan 21, Miller was flushed out of the pocket to his right. Keeping his eyes downfield, Braxton quickly saw he had nothing and gestured for his teammates to clear-out, giving him room to go HAM. The end result: two Wolverines tackling eachother and a Buckeye touchdown. A Scarlet and Gray game tying touchdown + Maize on Maize crime. That’s enough to top this list in my book.


With one more season to set the college football world aflame, Miller will have the opportunity to cement himself as one of the top Buckeye rushers of all time. His uncanny ability to improvise on the fly makes him a dangerous weapon on the ground  and his continued progression as a passer makes him a nightmare for opposing secondary coaches.

Keep ballin’ Braxton. We see you.

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BoFuquel's picture

2000 yards rushing in 2014 or bust. That's what it will take to be chuggin' Dr. Pepper at Jerry World. GO BUCKS!

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

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buckeyeotaku's picture

i think as a team we'll be better if his rushing yards are limited because he's focusing on distributing the ball to other playmakers and staying healthy, but Damn he's fun to watch.

We don't give a damn for the whole state of Bichigan

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CarolinaBuck's picture

I hear what you are saying, but we tried that last year with Brax throwing early and often and to be honest, he didn't remind anyone of John Elway. Maybe this year will be different, but I wouldn't count out a whole lot of running from Miller.

Furious George 27's picture

IMO the running will be based on the WR play.....Last year there were a lot of drops and failure to get separation at times. If guys get open he shouldnt have to wait so long that forces him to scramble and if players can make catches then the coaches won't need to rely on calling run plays for him.

Yeah, well…that’s just like, your opinion, man.

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Il_Padrino's picture

Issue was not on the O side of the ball.  Our D killed us last year.

Living the life!  Go Buckeyes!

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BuckeyeBBD's picture

Agreed.  I'd rather see him stay healthy.  Ideally I'd like to see him finish the season with no more than 700-800 yards rushing and around 3500 yards in the air.  I think it would be best for the team and best for Braxton if he wants a serious shot at a career as a QB in the NFL.  In fourteen games (although I hope we play 15) that comes out to 50-60 yards rushing and 250 passing each.

"The height of human desire is what wins, whether it's on Normandy Beach or in Ohio Stadium." - Wayne Woodrow Hayes

TheShookster's picture

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Braxton_Miller I think somebody trolled his wikipedia page...unless the information at the top is correct and nobody else in the entire world has heard about it yet. Considering the quality spelling, namely of the word "discuss" someone definitely trolled it.

RunningFree's picture

That may be the worst attempt at trolling a Wikipedia page that I've ever seen.

AndyVance's picture

Wow, if you look back at the history of that page, there has been some crazy trolling. People need to get a hobby that doesn't involve dinking around with Wikipedia pages.

TheBadOwl's picture

Here's the Wiki vandalism you're talking about. It's obvious trolling but this is fun and I'm bored so why the hell not rip it apart?

Braxton Miller (born November 30, 1992) is an American football player who currently plays quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He will return to the Buckeyes for his senior season. Was just recently charged with a gun charge and marijuana charge with a couple of his teammates leaving a live ESPN team interview on April/22/2014. Those three teammates are Joe Burger, Manuel Foggie, and Adolphus Washington. the 4 Ohio State football superstars are no longer in custody but they are still going to court for this. We spoke to coach Meyer about the whole situation he said they will have a meeting about this with the athletic director and the four superstars on 4/30/2014 to discus discipline actions against these four superstars.

  • There's nobody on the Ohio State roster named "Manuel Foggie"
  • Wikipedia is not a news organization, so they wouldn't speak to Urban Meyer.
  • Missed capitalization and a numeral 4 instead of spelling it "four" which would be proper AP style (not sure if Wikipedia necessarily follows AP style but this bugs me nonetheless. But hey, the spelled it out in the next line so...)
  • Also, the formatting of the date is hilariously bad and obviously against AP style.
  • Really awful, borderline illiterate diction and sentence structure.

Really, this whole thing paints a portrait of a particularly sad individual. Whoever wrote this is probably in his mid-40's and currently resides in his mom's basement.

I'd like to imagine that he just got fired from his sick gig at the Taco Bell, and now he toils away on the internet, trying to troll on Wikipedia. But, like every other endeavor of his life, he is not particularly good at this.

"Busy day at the office today," he says to his bewildered mother as he sits down to eat dinner. "It's hard work, making Buckeye fans freak out. I even pretended to interview Urban Meyer for this Wikipedia article!"

His mother sighs and simply mutters, "Sounds great, honey," but there's pain in her eyes. Her tone is that of a woman defeated.

She thinks to herself, "If only I'd married a Buckeye fan." She imagines a much more fulfilling life, one full of football victories and not having a total dipshit for a son.

She will always regret choosing to live in Ann Arbor, where the crisp fall air is filled with a stench of desperation and false hope. She doesn't particularly care for football anymore, at this point, it only fills her life with even more sadness. But she worries about her son. He does not realize that, no matter what Wiki-atrocities he commits against the neighbors to the south, it will not make his beloved Wolverines any less terrible at football.

"Well mom, I'm gonna call it a night," he says. "Big day tomorrow, I'm almost done with this killer blurb for Troy Smith's Wikipedia page about how he allegedly killed five hookers."

His mother's confidence is the lowest it's ever been. At one point, her son was actually creative, but now he's re-hashing an old Craig James rumor. She knows that her son will never recover from the emotional abuse that he endured during the Troy Smith era. She is awakened every night by his night terrors. Every night, he screams the same thing.

"SMITH TO GONZALEZ!!! TOUCHDOWN!!! NOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!"

His mother decides that this is enough sadness for one day, and goes up to her room for another sleepless night. She opens her closet doors and kneels quietly in front of her Bo Shembechler shrine.

"Why, ghost of Bo? Why have you forsaken me?"

As per usual, there is no answer. Her angst simply adds to the gaping void of depression that is Ann Arbor, Michigan.

 

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Homey1970's picture

Well, I'm in my mid-40s and I live in my own basement but it wasn't me!

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TheBadOwl's picture

I am, admittedly, an intoxicated college student, so I am inclined to believe you.

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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Deadly Nuts's picture

You have to strike back at the trolls.

From ttun's wiki page:

 

LEBRON

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ULuvLucy's picture

*cries* He's so good; I forgot how good he is. #IsItAutumnYet?

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BeijingBucks's picture

wow.  this just brings home to me how lacking our D had to be to keep us out of the big one.  so easy to forget brax when he's on the sideline or beaten up.  c'mon Oline... we need ya to keep our boy upright

 

 

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Tyler Durden's picture

I don't think any of those even come close to the pen state touchdown though. Still a mighty impressive highlight reel.

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LOVEITORLEAVEIT's picture

hard to choose just 5, but I would have added his hesitation stutter step against Clemson

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Hovenaut's picture

I think some of this could (should??- come on tOSU pr people) be incorporated into a Heisman campaign.

What a Heisman winner should do with legs (I don't know of a crab that can juke like that).

I am not the Last Dragon, therefore I do not possess the power of the Glow.

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BGSUBucksFan's picture

Yep, agree that the Clemson stutter step should be top 5.  It's the first one that comes to mind when I reminisce on 2013. Moral of the story, though:  Braxton = Dirty

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avail31678's picture

This is a special special era of Buckeye football, and Brax is a huge reminder of that.  Watch every second of every game this year, folks.  He will go down as one of the greatest Buckeyes of all time.  Absolutely great dude and electric to watch.  We are spoiled.  

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Him1stftballl8er's picture

I feel like the majority of the fan base (myself included) forgets just how good Braxton is.  We can be quick to ridicule him for his mistakes, but his numbers speak for themselves. I wouldn't trade him for anyone

The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the promotion of fools. 

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TheShookster's picture

Let's just say the NFL draft won't be the only time Urban Meyer find himself in New York this year to support his player(s).

Jameis will be too busy at Publix to focus on his follow-up Heisman campaign anyways.

Urban Nation Army's picture

Bet you can't say "Bert Bielma is a bumbling buffoon" five times fast.

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BroJim's picture

This article had an odd format. 

I season my simple food with hunger

Tampabuckeye85's picture

Does anyone how injured he really was last year? The knee injury was obvious and then it seemed like a non issue once he go some confidence back in it and then went all xbrax360. But I was wondering about the shoulder. I have not seen one article that has said exactly what the injury was and the it happened in the bowl game but I read something were it was said that his shoulder could have been hurt before that as well. Anyone know if there is any truth too that? Also exactly what his injury was considering he had surgery, I would assume it was semi serious.

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saltybuck61's picture

I remember reading on here that he suffered the shoulder injury on the seventh play of the Orange Bowl against Clemson. Or at least, somewhere near their opening drive or two. He was visibly injured throughout the game, so it does not surprise me. I was far more surprised that he had a very solid game passing despite the injury.

poop's picture

Poor Indiana.

wyatt's picture

Braxton is special. He can do things nobody else can. Wow.

D-Day0043's picture

Ugh... It makes me sick reliving those losses to Sparty and Clemson. We should have won both of those games.

Braxton is going to curb-stomp Sparty this year. 

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osubuckeye4life's picture

I can't wait to witness greatness on the field this Fall! Go Bucks and Go Xbrax 360!