Tuesday, September 4, 2012

BRAXTON MILLER FOR HEISMAN? MEYER SAYS TO SLOW OUR ROLL

Braxton Miller, left, and Urban Meyer
(TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)
COLUMBUS — Ohio State sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller dazzled in Saturday's season opener against Miami (OH), racking up 368 yards of offense and three touchdowns in the Buckeyes' 56-10 win ... in less than three quarters of work.

In fact, Miller — who tallied an OSU quarterback-record 161 yards on the ground Saturday — has actually received some Heisman Trophy chatter for his efforts against the RedHawks.

However, the award talk certainly isn't coming from Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer, that's for sure.

"There will be no discussion of that," Meyer said. "I think he's one of those freaks of nature that has a lot of ability. Great things can happen to him. But there won't be billboards posted anywhere or anything like that."

Although Meyer acknowledges that Miller — who he named the offensive player of game — is a freakish talent, he did say that his performance on Saturday is nowhere near what he expects from his young signal caller going forward.

"I saw him jerk a couple of times," Meyer said of Miller. "When he has a nice stroke, he's as good a passer as I've ever seen. When he pops open and wants to get out there so fast, his fundamentals kind of get away from him. 

"One time he scrambled out of the pocket instead of hanging in there with a little option route we ran to Philly Brown. He's going to have growing pains and we have to get him through those growing pains really fast, because we expect more out of our quarterback."

Meyer did say, however, that he's more comfortable with Miller now following the Buckeyes' first quarter debacle Saturday. His leadership and poise through the early troubles impressed the new OSU coach.

"He can play a lot better, but he managed us through some really tough situations ... " Meyer said of Miller. "You're in combat, you're in the real stuff. His reaction, my reaction was very positive. I am so much more comfortable now than I was going into the game.

"It's just going to get better and better."

Maybe even Heisman better?

"Oh, gosh," Meyer said rolling his eyes.