Big Ten: Art Schlichter
August, 5, 2014
By Gil Bransford | ESPN.com
Jonathan Daniel/Getty ImagesBraxton Miller could become Ohio State's all-time leader in wins.The 2014 college football season has the potential to showcase one of the most talented groups of quarterbacks in recent memory. Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley and Bryce Petty are all being talked about as potential first-round NFL draft picks, while Braxton Miller and Everett Golson have the chance to solidify their place in their respective school’s storied histories.
In preparation for the 2014 season and in conjunction with interviews conducted by ESPN CFB analyst Kirk Herbstreit, ESPN Stats & Info will take a deeper look at the top QBs entering the fall. Today, we take a look at Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller.
A look back at 2013
Braxton Miller had an outstanding junior season, becoming the first player in Big Ten history (since 1990 when the award was first given) to win the Offensive Player of the Year award in consecutive seasons. He was the only Power Five conference quarterback to throw for at least 2,000 yards and rush for 1,000 yards last year. If Miller can accomplish that feat again, he will join Colin Kaepernick and become the second FBS quarterback in the past 10 years to reach those thresholds in three seasons.
Miller has rushed for at least 100 yards in 14 games since the start of 2011, second most among FBS quarterbacks. He had five such games last season, which tied for fourth among FBS quarterbacks. Miller has always been a prolific rusher, but he’s also improved as a passer every year at Ohio State. Miller’s completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns have increased every season.
He was more willing to operate from the pocket last year. He attempted 85 percent of his passes from the pocket, nearly 20 percentage points higher than in 2012. His 19 touchdown passes from inside the pocket were tied for the most in the Big Ten with Indiana’s Nate Sudfeld and Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg.
A look ahead to 2014
With another 11-win season, Miller will pass Art Schlichter for the most wins in school history (36). Assuming Miller stays healthy, he has a good chance of passing Schlichter.
According to the ESPN Football Power Index, Ohio State has the best chance (41 percent) of winning the Big Ten, nearly 20 percentage points better than Wisconsin, and is projected for between 10 and 11 wins heading into bowl season. The Buckeyes have won 24 consecutive regular-season games, four shy of tying the Big Ten conference record.
The Buckeyes have big shoes to fill. They must replace six of 11 starters on offense, including league-leading rusher Carlos Hyde and four starters from an offensive line that combined for 135 starts.
Miller might have to shoulder more of the load. In the past, he has stepped up when his team needed him. Miller enters 2014 with six career game-winning drives in the fourth quarter or overtime, including three last season. The six career game-winning drives are the most among returning FBS quarterbacks and five more than any other returning quarterback in the Big Ten.
One area in which Miller needs to get better is on third down. He ranked in the bottom third of the FBS in Total QBR (47.1) and completion percentage (50.9) on third down. Only Michigan’s Devin Gardner and Purdue’s Danny Etling were sacked more on third down than Miller (12) among Big Ten quarterbacks. Only two of the past 10 national championship quarterbacks have had a third-down QBR less than 70 in the season they won the title.
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- Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany was in Omaha on Wednesday and weighed in on the Nebraska AAU situation and other topics here and here.
- Ohio State could lose bragging rights if it's forced to vacate wins from 2010, Darren Everson writes in The Wall Street Journal. Troubled former Ohio State QB Art Schlichter pleads not guilty in his trial. Former Ohio State DT Doug Worthington fully supports Jim Tressel, the O-Zone's Brandon Castel writes.
- After Michigan's recent local recruiting push, Mgoblog's Brian Cook looks back at the team's in-state recruiting under Lloyd Carr.
- Michigan and Michigan State could be fighting over this defensive tackle prospect, Sam Webb writes in The Detroit News. More Michigan recruiting nuggets from the Detroit Free Press' Josh Helmholdt.
- Strength coach Mark Hill is making an impact at Indiana, Scout.com's T.J. King writes. Hoosiers incoming recruit Nick Stoner prepares for football by running track, Steve Brooks writes in the Indianapolis Star.
- Penn State fans won't be alarmed by the team's slightly different unis, Gene Collier writes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. If Nebraska is the Big Ten's version of the Packers, what does that make Penn State?
- Former Iowa tight end Tony Moeaki is fired up about being teammates with The Manzi again, Andy Hamilton writes in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
- After ranking the Big Ten cities (except Iowa City), The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette's Mike Hlas takes aim on the league's stadiums (except Kinnick).
- Several Big Ten nuggets are included among the Sporting News' Dave Curtis spring football lessons.
- Wisconsin comes in at No. 23 in Athlon Sports' preseason rundown.
February, 15, 2011
February 13th, a magical night, where a 10 has the self-esteem of a 4 and the depraved enthusiasm of a 2.
- Michigan AD Dave Brandon says the school's alumni are happy with the Brady Hoke hire. Wolverines recruiting target Bennie Coney tries to rehab his image after a suspension, Kyle Warber writes.
- Thanks to Wisconsin's basketball team, J.J. Watt won a bet with Cameron Heyward, who had to wear this.
- Michigan State and Wisconsin are among the teams that could take a step back in 2011, Rivals.com's Olin Buchanan writes.
- Heralded Iowa offensive line recruit Jordan Walsh could play a key role early in his career, Marc Morehouse writes in The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette.
- Jerry Kill hasn't coached a game for Minnesota but says it'll be his last job, Darren Wolfson writes.
- Joe Paterno's tie from his 400th win sells for more than $10K, Anita Modi writes in The Daily Collegian.
- Ohio State athletes in several sports know they're being targeted, Doug Lesmerises writes in The Cleveland Plain Dealer. Former Ohio State QB Art Schlichter faces charges of stealing more than $1 million.
- Kevin Wilson meets with Indiana fans in Florida, Scott Clair writes in the Naples Daily News.
- Carolina Panthers secondary coach Mike Gillhamer is being mentioned as a candidate for Illinois' assistant coaching vacancy, GateHouse News Service's John Supinie writes.
The Big Ten blog community gets larger Thursday. Roll out your welcome mat.
- A look at spring football in the Big Ten from Rivals.com's Tom Dienhart.
- Iowa assistant Eric Johnson says the recently hospitalized players will return for spring ball, Randy Peterson writes in the Des Moines Register. Black Heart Gold Pants tries to identify the best Iowa win of the Kirk Ferentz era.
- The Omaha World-Herald reports Bo Pelini's staff shuffle at Nebraska is done, and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson could be off to the NFL.
- More on the sad saga involving former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter from The Columbus Dispatch's Mike Wagner.
- Brady Hoke's new staff at Michigan isn't short on experience, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes. Wolverines assistant Fred Jackson on the team's new offense: "Nothing against any [previous] staff at all, but, man, I love this football. The running backs are now a part of the game again."
- Purdue is interviewing strength coach candidates after Jim Lathrop departed for Illinois State, Mike Carmin writes in The (Lafayette) Journal and Courier.
- Illinois assistant Dan Disch is ready to run his own defense at Southern Miss, Bob Asmussen writes in The (Champaign) News-Gazette. According to the National Football Post's Wes Bunting, Illini star Mikel Leshoure is "The draft's best back no one is talking about."
- Three preferred walk-ons will join Penn State in 2011, Linebacker-U.com reports.
- Indiana coach Kevin Wilson will be traveling to the Sunshine State next week. In case you missed it, the Hoosiers in all likelihood will open the season against Ball State in Indy, Greg Fallon writes in the Muncie Star Press.
- Northwestern recruit C.J. Robbins talks about joining the Wildcats, Jared Bell writes in the News Tribune.
- Wisconsin coach Bret Bielema discusses Aaron Henry, finding players that fit the program and the Rose Bowl aftermath at a Florida appearance, Craig Handel writes in The (Fort Myers) News-Press.
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- The troubles of former Ohio State quarterback Art Schlichter continue as he's implicated in a sports-ticket scheme investigation. Here's the full story on Schlichter from The Columbus Dispatch. Ohio State's three early enrollees from the Sunshine State are acclimating to the cold, Tim May writes in The Columbus Dispatch.
- The big-splash hire might not be the best hire for Nebraska's offense, Dirk Chatelain writes in the Omaha World-Herald.
- An interesting piece from Mike Hlas on how Iowa has to extend its recruiting net much wider than several of its competitors. Rhabdomyolysis is becoming a growing danger for athletes in the wake of the Iowa hospitalizations, Shari Roan writes in the Los Angeles Times.
- Penn State wants to get a very quick start on its 2012 recruiting class, Philip Cmor writes in The Altoona Mirror.
- Young defenders William Gholston and Max Bullough are among five Michigan State players who could be difference makers in 2011, Joe Rexrode writes in the Lansing State Journal. A good look at the Spartans' recruiting class from The Grand Rapids Press' Greg Johnson, who gives the team a B-plus.
- Michigan's new recruiting coordinator wants to lock down the locals again, Mark Synder writes in the Detroit Free Press. The topic of how Rich Rodriguez treated former Michigan players remains a sensitive one, annarbor.com's Pete Bigelow writes.
- After recruit Jacoby Brissett signed with Florida, Wisconsin added quarterback Nate Hammon to its recruiting class, Jeff Potrykus writes in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The Wisconsin State Journal's Andy Baggot wonders if Brissett was too much of a reach for the Badgers.
- The McAvoy twins hope to boost Minnesota's offensive line, Phil Miller writes in the Star Tribune.
BIG TEN SCOREBOARD
12:00 PM ET Iowa Pittsburgh 12:00 PM ET Eastern Michigan 11 Michigan State 12:00 PM ET Western Illinois Northwestern 12:00 PM ET Southern Illinois Purdue 12:00 PM ET Bowling Green 19 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET Maryland Syracuse 3:30 PM ET Utah Michigan 3:30 PM ET Rutgers Navy 4:00 PM ET Massachusetts Penn State 4:00 PM ET San Jose State Minnesota 4:00 PM ET Texas State Illinois 4:00 PM ET Indiana 18 Missouri 8:00 PM ET Miami (FL) 24 Nebraska