Definitely. I like Curtis Samuel, but we are talking about Braxton Miller - the most electrifying player in college football. Everyone seems to think that because Urban likes Samuel and says he needs the ball more, that he would get equal to or more time than Miller. But it appears from past comments that Braxton is at least one of, if not the favorite player of Urban. Also, Samuel has earned PT, but to think he has earned it as much as Braxton? Preposterous. The kid was thrust into a horrible situation his freshman year, scored like 84 TDs in his career so far, led us to two undefeated regular seasons almost single handedly at times, and stuck with the Buckeyes even after many of the fans forgetting about him/saying we didn't need him after this past season. If you ask me, not one individual in that locker room deserves PT more than #5, and because of this he should get plenty of it at H-back.
Exactly. Braxton Miller has a lot more potential than someone who is on the bench/barely gets playing time at VT. A LOT more.
Were those athletes 5-star recruits who won ACC freshman of the year, 2 silver footballs, led the Hokies to an undefeated season in which they probably should not have been undefeated, scored something like 84 TDs, and ran a 4.32 40?
Wouldn't it be something if he had like a 250 yard game between rushing, receiving, and possibly even passing? It could be possible with all of these suspensions!
The bottom line is that the opinion that Braxton is not the best option, or is the worst of the three, is just hearsay at the moment. The fact of the matter is that Braxton was supposed to have been greatly improved in the passing department, and was already fourth in career passing efficiency in OSU history. He was/is already the most athletic person on the team. If he is fully healthy come camp, there is really no reason to disbelieve the fact that he very well may be the best option to start, just like he was the three seasons prior to last season. We have seen him lead a team without a ton of promise to an undefeated season and what could have been a national championship if not for the bowl ban in Urban's first year. Imagine what he could do with the talent around him this season.
The fact that a simulation calculated him to be the worst of the three is simply nonsense. Braxton had nowhere near the weapons that JT and Cardale had surrounding them this past season when he was at the helm of the offense. There is no computer that could calculate how Braxton would have fared as the starter this past season, but there is a chance that they might have even went 15-0 and not 14-1. Braxton essentially carried the team many times over the course of his career, particularly when the defense was much less than terrific.
If JT or Cardale turn out to be the best option after camp, or his shoulder is not back to what it used to be then so be it. They are great quarterbacks. But Braxton Miller is the most electrifying player in college football and he can and will be on the field to some degree a good majority of the time.
Tress stays, no bowl ban or loss of players, we win one more NC under him.
The Sugar Bowl this past season was my favorite game of all time, any sport. I knew we would beat Oregon after that game, so the NC was not nearly as exciting for me as that game. The Wisconsin and MSU games were also more exciting for me because they allowed the team to get into the playoff. Watching such a sloppy first half turn into a solid defeat of MSU was amazing. Seeing the team dominate Wisconsin in the B1G Championship was just unbelievable. I was at the scUM game, and it was just depressing for me to watch JT go down.
Possibly my favorite comment of the year so far.
Byers is the worst. Got them to knock about $800 off of my FJ the day before I bought it, only to come back the next day to find out they would only go down $500. They almost let me walk out over $43.
We had the potential to beat Bama by a good bit more than we did. Then again, we could have beaten Oregon worse than we did also. I'd say Bama would have beaten Oregon by 10.
This is most certainly true. A lot of the people that I talk to attribute the missteps (wrongly) of the 2013 team to Braxton. A good deal of the time the kid was playing balls to the wall. Had he not missed those three games he very well could have won the Heisman. Insert the numbers Guiton collected during his three starts into Braxton's stat line and I think it would have made a better case than Winston. The reality is that the defense was no where near what it was this past season. A quarterback cannot make up for a defense that gives up a lot of yardage/points all the time. In many cases, Braxton (along with Hyde) did make up for the horrid defense such as in the game against TTUN. If you look at this season, there were many times when the defense would step up and get the other team off the field. This was not the case in 2013. Even mediocre teams would have ridiculously long drives against us. This isn't even mentioning the fact that the offense as a whole was more skillful this year after the first few games. As everyone has said, any of the QBs can do the job, but there is really no reason to assume that Braxton wouldn't do at least as good as the other options.
Bennett came in along with Braxton in the 2011 class. Heacock was his recruiter I believe.
It may be because I am at the half-way point of my weekend night shift, but this comment had me dying of laughter.
Let me preface this by saying that I would love to see Braxton 100% and starting next season. That being said, the answer is JT and it is not even close. Unless you are another Devin Smith, Cardale would not be the best guy to throw to you. JT makes his reads, that boy is cerebral. He can check down and find the open guy. He can thread the needle. If I am a WR at OSU and not a pure deep threat, I want JT all the way. JT had roughly 62% completions, 300 yards, 3 TDs, and no interceptions against a great secondary at MSU. Cardale had 51% completions, 243 yards, 1 TD, and 1 int against a great secondary in Bama. The Sugar Bowl was one of my favorite games of all time, but I am sick of the "what have you done for me lately?" view on the QBs. Yes, it was Cardale's second start, but the offense was also much more fluid and the team was much more fired up at this point. JT completed almost 5% more of his passes throughout the season, and this includes the early games where the offense was not clicking as much and Zeke wasn't getting 200+ yards rushing per game. Another fun fact, JT had a 7% higher completion rate during away games this season. Mike Thomas, Jalin, anyone who wants a good amount of targets has to be thinking Barrett.
Since Cardale will be the only QB with a realistic chance of starting that is healthy, I doubt there will be over like 85k. If Braxton and JT were healthy, then this would probably be the most interesting spring game in the history of college football and could have broken 100k.
Great analysis! A lot of this got overlooked because of the caliber of games that Cardale was winning. I'm more of a Braxton/JT guy, but this Spring should provide Cardale plenty of opportunities to gain more of a mastery of the offense should he start this season.
I was already standing since the Spencer-to-Thomas connection (damn OCD/superstitions). As soon as Zeke hit the hole I started progressively louder shouts of "go... Go... GO!!!" As soon as they showed Saban I gave him a double bird, hugged my buddies and my dad, and proceeded to dance tear-eyed around the room. I was giddy as a school girl. It was one of the most exciting moments of my life thus far and definitely the most exciting play in sports I have ever witnessed. I will never forget that game, and I will never forget the moment when #15 stuck an 85-yard fork in the SEC.