Are The First 5 Games Resting On Braxton Miller's Shoulders?

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May 24, 2011 at 6:38 am

First posted at Inside The Shoe

Bill Carey may just have a man crush, but does Buckeye Nation need to? My guess would be yes, simply because I think Miller is the guy to get us through the first 5 games of the season. Here's what he had to say about #5:

"If things break right for the Buckeyes, Miller will start the first five games of 2011 and then not see the field again until 2012. But the freshman's play could have a big impact on the national championship chase.
Miller, who was 7-for-12 with one touchdown during Ohio State's spring game, made big strides in the four-way battle to start while Terrelle Pryor serves a five-game suspension for his role in the trophies-for-tattoos scandal that has engulfed the OSU program. If the dual-threat quarterback from Huber Heights, Ohio, gets the nod to take snaps while Pryor is out, he and the Buckeyes will face two major obstacles: Miami in the third game of the season and defending co-conference champion Michigan State in the Big Ten opener.
The Buckeyes are dreaming big this year, but the season could come down to how Miller plays early. If Pryor returns to a team carrying two losses, he won't be competing for a national title."

While it's important that we realize Joe Bauserman may be the front runner for the starting job, we can always go back to the fact that if Miller shows significant improvement between now and the first game, then Braxton Miller may be the man to lead the charge into the 2011-2012 season. With a stable full of talented running backs, we need strong leadership, and I think Miller can step up to the challenge.

Let's look at the quarterback stats for the 2011 spring game:

Joe Bauserman: 4/11 for 42 yards and 1 TD

Kenny Guiton: 5/11 for 43 yards and 1 TD

Braxton Miller: 7/12 for 73 yards and 1 TD

Taylor Graham: 5/9 for 91 yards and 1 TD

So, let's take a deeper look. All of the quarterbacks above had 1 TD in the game, while Graham stands out with the most yards with 91. He also has the least attempted throws. You may remember the Graham to T.Y. Williams 68-yard touchdown throw in stride streaking down the right sideline. Corey Brown caught a 15-yard pass from Miller, a prized incoming freshman. And Bauserman, a senior-to-be with the most experience, found Ryan Ross on a 16-yard score on the final play of the scrimmage. Meanwhile, Guiton's score came on a bullet to Verlon Reed, a quarterback/safety converted to Wide Receiver.

Braxton Miller and Taylor Graham, the youngest QB's really took charge of the offense. It's also interesting to point out that Bauserman and Graham got sacked a combined total of 7 times with 5 going on Graham.

While Bauserman wasn't impressive and was taken out quickly, I still think he's got the nod over the QB's simply because of the seniority. We'll find out soon enough

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