Millions of words have been written about Ohio State’s starting quarterback from Huber Heights, Ohio. He is easily the most recognizable member of the entire football team. The leader. The captain. The Heisman Favorite. Miller will enter the season with enormous expectations and by all accounts, he appears to be ready for the task at hand. Only time will show whether or not he can live up to them and deliver the championship that Columbus has been patiently waiting on for over 11 years.
The youngest of three siblings, Braxton was a highly regarded quarterback from Wayne High School who led his team to the 2010 Division I State Title Game. When he enrolled in January of 2009 at Ohio State, he was third on the depth chart behind Terrelle Pryor and Joe Bauserman. Anointed as the heir apparent to Pryor, Miller was supposed to have at least a year to learn from the more experienced signal caller. TatGate changed everything.
Braxton went from an understudy that was supposed to come along slowly to the starter in just his fourth game as a Buckeye. Bauserman began the 2011 season as the starter and showed that he could at least manage the game against Akron. As the game progressed out of hand against the Zips, Miller was brought in to get him some significant playing time in a real game atmosphere. But after the Buckeyes lost to the Hurricanes in week 3, then Head Coach Luke Fickell promoted the young man to the starting job and never looked back. Since then, Miller has amassed a 16-6 record as the starter on his way to several accolades and awards from the team as well as the conference.
The expectations and comparisons to both Pryor and Troy Smith began to ratchet up as soon as Urban Meyer was hired as the Head Coach. The thought that Meyer could further Miller’s education as a quarterback was shown to be more than true as the Buckeyes marched to perfection in 2012. So where does Miller go from here?
The Junior is the overwhelming favorite to take home the Heisman trophy this season should he go undefeated once again. He is also expected to lead the Buckeyes to Indianapolis and beyond now that the Buckeyes are eligible once again to play in the postseason. Were this to happen, Miller would cement himself on Ohio State’s Rushmore of Quarterbacks. No other Ohio State captain has led his team to back to back undefeated seasons and were Miller to do so, he could leave the University as one of the top players to ever come through Columbus. And he’s only a Junior. So while he could leave after this season while his stock is at its pinnacle, he could choose the Matt Barkley route, come back for the Senior campaign, and take a shot at back to back titles.
If the Buckeyes were able to pull that off, not only would Miller be legendary, it would solidify Urban Meyer’s place as one of the best college coaches of the modern era.