Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Will Have Even Better Year for Buckeyes

Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIFebruary 18, 2013

COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 24: Quarterback Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes controls the ball against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 24, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller had a huge 2012, but Buckeyes fans can expect the dual-threat quarterback to have an even better year in 2013.

As crazy as that might sound.

Miller picked up the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award last season with some phenomenal numbers in his sophomore campaign. The Buckeyes were able to record a perfect 12-0 season behind his incredible performances.

The Ohio State signal-caller finished with 2,039 passing yards and 1,271 rushing yards for the season—accounting for 28 touchdowns either through the air or on the ground.

Moreover, Miller threw just six interceptions for the year and suffered just 28 sacks.

With key components of his offensive line returning as seniors this season for Ohio State, achieving those numbers again isn't at all out of the equation in 2013.

Miller has a genuine shot to win the Heisman Trophy this year. Those who think that Johnny Manziel has a lock on the award already need to sit back and have a look at just how good the Buckeyes' man under center has been in 2012—and how good he can be in 2013.

He is a dynamic big-time player who thrives under pressure, and his dual-threat ability makes him simply impossible for defensive packages to read effectively.

The other tools around Miller grow stronger as a result of that.

Philly Brown and Devin Smith both had strong years last season and come back this year as genuine go-to targets for Miller through the air. Urban Meyer's offensive system and his staff remain intact, which means Miller will simply be asked to pump out more of the same in 2013.

Carlos Hyde gives Miller a genuine read-option on the draw play when needed, and a play-action tool if necessary.

Throw in the retention of the same offensive line that dominated for Miller all season and gave him the platform to thrive, and 2013 is looking like a seriously scary year for those that come up against the Ohio State Buckeyes.

The team that went 12-0 last year just got even better over the offseason. With an easy schedule to boot, this squad could very well go undefeated this year as well. Given Miller's numbers last year, with an improved squad at his disposal and further confidence under his belt, it's hard to see 2013 being anything other than an improvement on the giant success that 2012 was.

Which is truly a scary thought to consider.


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