Braxton Miller could have Antwaan Randle El type NFL career

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When Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller switched positions, many media members portrayed the decision as a selfless act by an individual placing team needs above his own. That’s a half-truth. Miller has no NFL future as a QB. He does have a lot of pro potential as a wide receiver though. So the situation is actually a win-win for Braxton Miller, for both his individual, and his team goals.

Take the case of former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El? Like Miller, he wasn’t tall enough to play quarterback in the NFL, so Randle El moved to receiver where he had a very fine pro career. He especially excelled on special teams. Braxton Miller is dynamic like Randle El, but he has more size.

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UPDATE: Braxton Miller dislocates throwing shoulder, MRI today

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Two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year, quarterback Braxton Miller, re-injured his throwing shoulder in practice on Monday. He might miss the entire season. Seriously, he could really miss the whole year, a dislocated shoulder (we’ll know more after the MRI) is nothing to mess with.

So to Buckeyes fans, quoting fictional Springfield newsman Kent Brockman:

“is this the time to panic, start cracking open each other’s heads and feast on the goo inside? I would say yes, Kent.”

Ohio State officials declined to confirm Miller was hurt or speak to the severity of the injury. They even cancelled all media availability for the day to this situation. But said they would provide more information later in the day when they have more info. Here’s what we know so far.

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Is Ohio St. being straight with us on the health of Braxton Miller?

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is probably the most decorated player of Big Ten Media Day the past few years. Despite the fact that he is yet to win a Big Ten title. He gets a lot of love from the local media, who do nothing but toss him softball questions. To be fair, I have heard one reporter jokingly say to him at a media day: “only 20 more minutes of torture,” denoting the time remaining in the press conference session.

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12-0 Ohio State Buckeyes could finish with AP National Title

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Despite Ohio State’s post-season ban, the Buckeyes played the season like a team with a National Championship on the line. Every week Urban Meyer had his guys ready to play, and every week, his players came away with a victory.

Very rarely does a team play up to their full potential when they have, seemingly, nothing to play for. There was no Big Ten or National Championship waiting for the Buckeyes at the end of the season, but they strapped up every week and gave it their all.

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Wisconsin plays beautiful defense and still falls short to Ohio State

The Wisconsin Badgers held Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller to his worst game of the season, but it wasn’t quite enough with the Buckeyes prevailing 21-14 in overtime at Camp Randall.

It was the first time the Badgers (7-4, 4-3) have played in multiple overtime games since the 2000 season and their second straight loss at home.

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A pair of seniors will be pivotal in the Badgers attempt to take down Ohio State

Senior quarterback Curt Phillips will make his first and last start at Camp Randall when the Wisconsin Badgers welcome in the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes for Senior Day this weekend.

Overall, the Badgers have nine seniors taking part in the festivities, but it will be Phillips and star running back Montee Ball who will be expected to carry Wisconsin to victory. [Read more…]

Ohio State stays undefeated despite struggles on both sides of the ball

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In spite of themselves, the Buckeyes are still undefeated on the young season. Coach Urban Meyer narrowed the problems to “offense, defense and special teams,” expressed his disappointment and said his players have to get dramatically better before opening Big Ten play at No. 21 Michigan State on Saturday.

Despite the lackluster efforts on all three phases, Ohio State still beat UAB 29-15. The offense has been too reliant on Braxton Miller, who came leading the Big Ten in rushing. He ran for two more scores today, but the team itself struggled versus a unit known to give up 44 points per game.

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Ohio State ground game keeping Buckeyes in Big Ten race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ohio State has won three straight games in the Big Ten – and completed just 13 total passes while doing so. The Bucks are last in the Big Ten and 118th in the nation with just 115 passing yards per game. Yet OSU sits at 6-3 with a legitimate shot at the inaugural Big Ten title game. How is this possible? With a stellar running attack. [Read more…]

Rapid Reaction: Ohio State 34, Indiana 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The defense looked shaky and Ohio State continued to struggle in the passing game, but the Buckeyes outlasted Indiana to sneak by at home 34-20. It went down to the wire, but the OSU run game was dominant, and the defense came up with a late interception to shut down Indiana’s hopes of an upset. The Hoosiers showed some flashes of great play, but have still yet to win against an FBS opponent this season. [Read more…]

Ohio State Extends Badgers Nightmare on the Road (Rapid Reaction)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In what has become a very bizarre or mediocre year (whatever you would like to call it) in the Big Ten, one of the conference’s perceived best received their second loss. Dan “Boom” Herron and Braxton Miller ran wild as the Ohio State Buckeyes shocked the Wisconsin Badgers in a 33-29 win.

Ohio State’s (5-4, 2-2) offense methodically out-played Wisconsin’s (6-2, 2-2) offense and took advantage of many defensive miscues from the Badgers. None bigger than the secondary’s blown coverage with 20 seconds in the fourth quarter when Miller connected with Devin Smith for a wide-open and game-winning 40 yard touchdown.
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#15 Wisconsin Looks to Bounce Back Against Ohio State (Game Preview)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The #15 Wisconsin Badgers national title hopes may be dead, but their Big Ten title hopes are well and alive. Their route to the inaugural Big Ten Championship and a BCS bowl hits another potential barricade this weekend when they take on the Ohio State Buckeyes.

At 4-3 and 1-2 in the conference, this Ohio State team is not your typical Buckeye team. In fact, this will be the first time since 1963 that the Badgers enter the game as the only ranked team.

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The good, the bad, and the ugly: Ohio State’s first half of the season

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The Good:

Believe it or not, there are good things coming out of this season for Ohio State. The problem is, most of the good is looking towards the future; and most of it concerns Braxton Miller. Though he struggled early, the highly touted freshman is beginning to come into his own. His arm is obviously not developed yet, but the athleticism is there in full. At Nebraska, Miller was 5-8 for 95 yards and a touchdown while running nine times for 91 yards. It’s likely that OSU would have won the game had Miller not sprained his ankle in the second half. [Read more…]