Miller, Meyer prepped for Ohio State encore
April, 16, 2013
By Brett Perrotta & Sharon Katz | ESPN.com
Greg Bartram/US PresswireQuarterback Braxton Miller looks to improve on an impressive 2012 season.With the college basketball season in the books, College Football Live embarks on its Spring Bus Tour, visiting eight schools. Today we take a trip to check out Ohio State.
Ohio State’s one-year postseason ban is complete, one that prevented them from fully celebrating a perfect 12-0 season. Among the highlights was a dramatic comeback over Purdue, an overtime win over Wisconsin, and a 26-21 triumph over Michigan, the eighth time they beat the Wolverines in the last nine seasons.
Urban Meyer’s team returns most of its starting offense, but only one starter from its defensive front seven for his second season as coach.
That will be important, as the Buckeyes allowed 116.1 rushing yards per game, the 14th-lowest total among FBS teams.
In Meyer’s second season at Utah, his team went 12-0 and won the Fiesta Bowl. In his second year at Florida, the Gators went 13-1 and won the national title.
One other thing that will be interesting to watch will be whether Braxton Miller can put up Heisman-worthy numbers to match Johnny Manziel.
Last season, Miller accounted for 3,310 yards of offense and 28 touchdowns, great numbers, but those paled compared to Manziel’s 5,115 yards and 47 scores.
Miller will be working with a year of familiarity with the read option under his belt. He rushed for 676 yards on 80 rushes out of read option, with six touchdowns, including three of 50 yards or longer.
He was one of three BCS-AQ quarterbacks with at least six 100-yard games on the ground last season. The others were Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel and Denard Robinson, who was primarily used as a running back late in the season.
In all, Miller averaged 101.2 yards per game on designed runs, with 12 touchdowns and 14 rushes of 20 yards or longer.
The Buckeyes also return Carlos Hyde, who ran for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior. He has 23 career touchdowns and with another 16-touchdown season would move into the top-4 in school history for career touchdowns.