Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Showing Improvement in Fall Camp

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistAugust 13, 2013

Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has a number of goals for quarterback Braxton Miller, but his top priority is to turn the Buckeyes' signal-caller into "the best fundamental quarterback in the country," according to TheLantern.com.

It's too early to tell whether Miller has reached that point, but early returns from fall camp indicate that Ohio State's junior quarterback has made tremendous strides as a passer this offseason.

Evidence of that came from Urban Meyer during Ohio State's media day on Sunday. Meyer praised both Herman and Miller, according to Bob Hunter of The Columbus Dispatch.

I’ve got to be careful because I just glow on him. I love Braxton Miller. Him and Tom Herman have something really special going right now. You can see it on the field. You can see his maturity.

Miller developed a number of bad mechanical habits early, mainly in his footwork, that prevented him from being the quarterback Herman wants him to be. Despite his flaws, Miller still managed to set a single-season school record for total yards, doing so in just 12 games last season.

Miller acknowledged that he's just scratching the surface of his vast potential.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said he'd give his fundamentals last year a D+. "It’s incredible how far I’ve come from last year.”

— Ben Axelrod (@BenAxelrod) August 12, 2013

George Whitfield Jr., the famed quarterback guru who works out of San Diego, has played a big part in Miller's improvement.

According to Tim May of The Columbus Dispatch, Miller made the cross-country trip last December to work with Whitfield on a number of mechanical issues in his passing game.

It didn't take long for Whitfield to identify the potential everyone has been talking about.

“Braxton has one of the biggest arms in college football,” Whitfield said. “I know people see his speed and his playmaking ability. But I am talking about, he’s got rare, rare arm talent.”

With Whitfield's tutelage and a lot of hard work, Miller showcased that rare arm talent during Ohio State's spring game. Via NBCSports.com, Miller completed 16 of 25 passes for 217 yards and two touchdowns against no interceptions.

“Fundamentally, he’s pretty good. When it breaks down, that’s when it starts to go,” Meyer said of Miller. “But he’s much improved."

Miller's 64 percent completion percentage during the spring game is a mark he's failed to reach in 19 of his 24 games with the Buckeyes. With his team carrying national title aspirations and many pegging him as a Heisman favorite, Miller is hoping to drastically improve that number.

Judging from what his coaches are saying, Miller is right on track.


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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