Friday, December 26, 2014

BRAXTON MILLER SHOULD STILL BE BUCKEYES' STARTING QB IN 2015

Braxton Miller
TBT/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell
There has been a lot of buzz going around Columbus that injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller will transfer for his fifth season next fall.

While his father squashed most of that during Miller's graduation in Columbus over the weekend, there are still those who believe Miller will leave the program after the success of redshirt freshman signal caller, J.T. Barrett. And even more who actually think he should leave.

I am certainly not one of those people.

I still feel that Miller is the best quarterback on the roster. He is bigger, faster, stronger, has more of an NFL arm, and brings an element to the game that not many have ever added in the collegiate ranks. Yes, Barrett had a great season, no doubt, but Miller is a two-time Big Ten Player of the Year, a former Heisman Trophy finalist, and was a record-setter before Barrett came in relief this season.

I can't help but to think that Ohio State would be 13-0 right now had Miller been able to play. I don't see where Miller would have been slowed down by Virginia Tech like Barrett was in that September showdown in Columbus.

Also, Miller-led teams defeated conference foes by an average of 23.3 points per game the season prior, while Barrett's won by 20.4.

Also, the performance of Cardale Jones in the 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship would suggest that the success at quarterback in Urban Meyer's offense is more system than player.

So, next season, the Buckeyes should start the best 'player' to run the 'system.'

And that's Braxton Miller.