The defense was probably better than the 2012 and 2013 teams. At least, as best I can remember it.
Jeff Heurman arguably had as good of a year last year (466 yards, 4 TDs) than all of the tight ends combined this year (429 yards, 8 TDs). Heurman was probably the second receiver that Miller would look for, besides Philly Brown. Miller definitely found the tight ends at least as much as the other two did. There were not as many touchdowns last year, but with a guy like Carlos Hyde, why throw it to a tight end?
Philly Brown had like 6 catches that game against MSU. Braxton found him plenty of times. He seemed to be the only competent receiver down the stretch. Devin Smith had like 2 catches the last 3 games last year. He played much better this year. Pre-season projections of Devin Smith's draft status often had him as undrafted or a late round guy. Also, there were several drops in the B1G Championship game. If those are caught, it is a completely different day for Miller.
I would not be surprised if his arm came back stronger than Barrett's arm. Cardale is a different story. Many people forget that Braxton Miller had a hose before he went down with the injury. Even with a torn shoulder he was firing the ball to receivers in the Clemson game.
There is always hope. Whenever this happens I wait in anticipation with glee. However, I am always disappointed. I do not know if there will ever be another "BUCKSFAN CHANGING ICON" thread. This is off to a good start, though.
I saw something on here (and elsewhere) that said the average ACT score was about 29.
There is no chance. I got a 35 with a 3.9 GPA and I certainly didn't get into any Ivy League schools. Got into the colleges I wanted to get into, including Michigan, just so I could turn them down.
I just do not think he has performed to the level of the other guys. Sure he has size, but it takes more than that to be a good receiver.
Whoops. Said Deion Sanders earlier, but I did not think about the Heisman qualification.
I grew up a big time Ohio State fan but will be attending the University of Utah as a student this fall.
I will be at the game, and you better believe that I will be clad in Scarlet and Gray. Never been this excited to go to a game that Ohio State isn't playing in.
To be fair, there were probably five drops from his wide receivers. They also didn't get open that often.
I disagree to a certain extent. JT and Cardale both had far more "push passes" than Braxton did, and JT in particular had far more short passes than Braxton did. JT also has a tendency to overthrow guys often.
These are small things, though. Any one of these guys could lead Ohio State to another National Championship next year, especially with the running game that they already have.
Nope, I actually live in Draper, Utah. It is a wonderful town and having watched this kid play in person and gone to school with him, I can tell you that he is a talented individual who will do great things with the Buckeyes.
I used to see white and gold. Now I see black and blue. For awhile I saw gold and blue. I don't understand.
I am hoping to study Electrical Engineering at Ohio State next year, but picking a college is hard.
I think he has elite quickness and speed. He ran a 4.36 at the Opening as a senior in high school. For comparison's sake, Dontre Wilson ran a 4.51 at the Opening as a senior in high school. Devin Smith is around the 4.4-4.5 range. I would have to say that Curtis Samuel is the fastest and the quickest. His speed is unbelievable.
This is definitely an interesting point. I remember after the Orange Bowl game last year people were blaming Braxton for the loss, even though he had a pretty solid game with 67% completions and 2 TD's. He did have 2 INT, but I believe it was the only time all of last year, and maybe for Braxton's career, that he had thrown multiple interceptions in a game. Yet, many people claimed that Miller lost the game for Ohio State, and that Ohio State needed a Pro Style Quarterback to win a big game. The defense gave up 40 points and Sammy Watkins had one of the best games for a wide receiver that I have ever seen. Obviously some people were calling for Fickell's head, but many people squared most of the blame on Miller, which was completely unfair. Does anyone believe that last year's defense would have been as efficient as this year's defense against Oregon or Alabama?
Braxton is a great quarterback, and I want to see him perform in next year's offense. It could be something special.
I don't know. I think people forget how good of a passer he is sometimes. From the Wisconsin game to the Indiana game Braxton had an average completion percentage of 67.7%. If you take out the Indiana game, it is easily over 70%. That is my biggest issue with Braxton. He is inconsistent. At his best, he is the best quarterback of the three. JT Barrett never had as high as completion percentage as Braxton when both are at their best. Braxton also had to throw the ball downfield more, as the touch pass was not really utilized as much last year. However, JT has been more consistent.
Also, it seems like JT overthrows guys more than Braxton. JT is known for his accuracy, but he overthrows guys a lot. He hits his receivers in stride better than Braxton.
Braxton Miller is a quarterback. He will be at quarterback next year unless his injury prevents it (which is entirely possible). Some have said that he has a top 5 arm in college football. He has a cannon. When he is on, his accuracy is solid. It seemed like he ran a more pro-style offense with no shovel passes or short passes. Most of the throws that Braxton made were downfield. The talent around him was not nearly as good as well. He uses the tight end more often than the other two quarterbacks. His running skills are absurd.
I think most of it comes down to whether or not he is healthy. I find it highly unlikely that he does anything other than quarterback unless he is still injured, however.
Evan Spencer is one of my favorite Buckeyes ever. He has done everything he has been asked to do and has excelled. This team will miss him for sure.
It doesn't matter who starts. Whoever is out there will be excellent. Whether it be Miller, Jones, or Barrett, Ohio State will win a lot of games next year.
In a weird way, I almost like Mark May. I used to hate him because he has always hated the Buckeyes, but his blind hatred for years and years has made him a joke in my mind. It is his thing. His opinions are not valid, so why listen to them? At least he is persistent. Also, watching Lou Holtz call him out is entertaining.
Mark May is a clown. He kind of makes me laugh, unfortunately.
Ohio State wins the game 59-0.
A little bit less bold:
Ohio State will accumulate over 600 yards of offense.
Oregon scores less than 30.
I agree with that. I still think Cardale and JT had more talent at their disposable, but I agree with you. The coaching staff often relied too much on Braxton instead of allowing the other guys to have more of an impact. There were indeed far more quarterback runs and deep shots with Miller.