Wednesday, July 17, 2013

BRAXTON MILLER COULD BE OHIO STATE'S GREATEST EVER IN 2013

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
By the end of the 2013 college football season, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller may turn out to be the greatest to ever take a snap under center in a Buckeye uniform.

Yep, I said the G-word ... "greatest."

He's already the most gifted Buckeye QB ever, possessing a howitzer for a right arm, the speed of an Olympic sprinter (4.32 40-yard dash), moves that would make Fred Astaire blush, and instincts which cannot be taught — only bestowed upon him by God.

These are all huge statements, and some seriously lofty expectations to lay upon his shoulders, but I feel confident enough after watching Miller's progression last season, and what he has done these past eight months, to make such a bold prognostication.

I am not the only one who feels this way about Miller. In fact, a man who has worked with some of the best quarterbacks to ever play college football feels the same as this writer does about the superstar Buckeye.

Quarterback guru George Whitfield, who has worked with star signal callers like Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and last year's Heisman-winner, Johnny Manziel, talked about working with Miller this offseason during a recent interview on the Columbus radio station, 97.1 The Fan.

“Braxton has arguably the strongest arm in college football," Whitfield said. "That’s a strong statement, that’s a big statement."

"I’ve been on the field with him for two-and-a-half to three weeks watching him throw and he is a natural, he spins the ball naturally."

That is a statement which should have opposing coaches crying in their cereal. Miller has always been known as an athlete who happens to play quarterback, but it's become apparent during the past several months that the ultra-talented star is transforming into a quarterback ... who happens to be an unbelievable athlete.

This is what Urban Meyer has envisioned ever since stepping on to campus prior to last season. He put together an offense to showcase Miller's abilities, but the new Buckeye boss admitted, ad nauseam, that the young quarterback was far from being a complete signal caller.

Even with Miller leading the Buckeyes to an undefeated season in 2012, setting a school-record for total yards in a season, and finishing fifth in the Heisman Trophy race, Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman, let it be known following the season that Miller — because of his unreal abilities — actually "underachieved."

A lot of it had to do with his fundamentals as a passer. This is why Whitfield and Miller got together this offseason.

"For us, it was just about getting his lower body, and his overall operating system, to gel and support his right arm," Whitfield said of Miller. "So when he steps to throw, the throw is actually starting from the ground, from his back right leg, and then it is working its way up to the top and then it comes out. 

"He is one of those rare guys that can throw it 50 yards while he is walking backwards. So now he is getting that operating system to support that arm talent.”

That's sure to be music to Meyer's ears. The Buckeyes' coach recruited some serious playmakers to build around Miller this fall, and is itching to unveil HIS type of offensive attack.

Following last season, Meyer said if Miller can become fundamentally sound as a passer, the sky's the floor for Miller.

“If he becomes fundamentally the best quarterback in America, I think he will be the best quarterback in America," Meyer said.

"I think it will be comical what he’ll do.”

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the rest of America — especially in Big Ten country — won't be laughing.