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True frosh QB stands out in Buckeyes’ spring game

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Back in February, Ohio State quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano was quoted as saying that Braxton Miller is “going to get a shot like everyone else will this spring” to stake their claim as the Buckeyes’ interim starting quarterback.

Based on the reports streaming in this afternoon, the early enrollee is making the most of his shot.

ESPN‘s Joe Schad tweeted that “Miller was the most impressive QB” during OSU’s spring game Saturday.  Ken Gordon of the Columbus Dispatch, via the same social media website, wrote that it’s “hard not to be impressed with Miller.”  More important than the media’s perceptions, however, are those of the true freshman’s head coach.  At least on the surface, The Vest appeared to like what he saw.

“I thought Braxton played a little bit more relaxed and had more fun than he has,” Jim Tressel said afterward, while also noting that the playbook was simplified for the glorified scrimmage.

Miller worked with the first-team offense against the first-team defense on at least a pair of series, although it should be noted that the Buckeyes’ secondary was from full strength and gave a decided advantage to Miller and the three other QBs — Joe Bauserman, Kenny Guiton and Taylor Graham (no relation) — vying for the right to start the first five games of the 2011 season as Terrelle Pryor serves his suspension.  While all four QBs threw a touchdown apiece, Miller was the only one to complete more than 50 percent of his passes (7 of 12) against a defensive backfield down nine scholarship players due to injury.

Tressel wasn’t tipping his QB hand, though, saying only that “[w]hen we figure it out we are going to play whoever we need to.”

That said, it appears very likely Bauserman, the most “experienced” of the quartet vying for the job, will open summer camp as the starter.

I definitely felt I had a good spring. I felt good about what I did. I thought I made some strides, and I thought I got better as a football player,” Bauserman said following the game.

Where Miller stands in the QB pecking order right now remains to be seen, but his play in the spring game, as well as his steady improvement throughout the previous sessions, is a clear sign that the rookie will be a serious contender for significant playing time — if not outright winning the starting job — come September.

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18 Responses to “True frosh QB stands out in Buckeyes’ spring game”
  1. jaggedmark says: Apr 23, 2011 7:36 PM

    Apparently Braxton Miller looked so good, that he was able to sell his spring game practice jersey for $1,000 bucks shortly after the game.

  2. overratedgators says: Apr 23, 2011 9:13 PM

    Tressel was wearing a camoflage hat and pants throughout the game. I think it was so the NCAA investigators couldn’t find him.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Apr 23, 2011 9:46 PM

    Has he already sold his jersey for tattoos? Oh, wait, we’ll hear about that in 6 to 8 months.

  4. lbijake says: Apr 24, 2011 7:44 AM

    If Pryor has any prospects as a pro, he should head to supplementary draft. All indications are that any chance for playing on Sundays definitely do not include the QB position.

  5. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 9:47 AM

    I’m sure they will give Miller every shot to win the starting assignment. After all, they probably paid a decent amount of money to get him to go there

  6. kfiz14 says: Apr 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    Go on and be jealous of the Buckeyes you coons.

  7. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 24, 2011 12:48 PM

    why yes iamtalkingsolisten, they had to pay a kid who grew up just 40 minutes away from ohio state to go to ohio state…….

    do people think with their insults or does the stupidity just flow out?

  8. neyvit says: Apr 24, 2011 1:04 PM

    I’m very offended. Not by the content of the comments – but more so by the complete lack of funny in them.

  9. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 1:11 PM

    edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says:

    “do people think with their insults or does the stupidity just flow out?”


    Take a look at your ID ?? See it?????

    LMAO!!! And YOU make a comment about stupidity flowing out??

    Do people look in the mirror before making ridiculous comments or does stupidity just flow out??

  10. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 1:13 PM

    Edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl:

    OMG!!!! A weirdo with an ID like that is actually talking about stupidity flowing out??????????

    LMAO!!!! Talk about open mouth and insert foot

  11. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 24, 2011 2:11 PM

    ouch two posts and equally not funny, so I’ll ask now, which high school did you drop out from? It took you two posts how to figure out to “insult me” and then you realize that your original post was a trolling attempt

    but that, too, was a fail. Why would OSU be paying a player? I mean the selling their own property jokes are a little funny, but why is paying a player funny? They’re not auburn…….literally the only school that would apply to your joke would be auburn.

    do you think before you post, actually don’t answer that, your next “insult” post back to me will be more comical.

    and everyone else on here, can we please have some new jokes rather than the over used “selling of A for B”…..way to beat a dead horse……

  12. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 2:17 PM

    Again I will state that anybody that choosing an ID like you did for yours is pretty pathetic. Not even worth debating someone that has such low self esteem they need to refer to someone else ID in THEIR OWN.

    Troll on lil weird one.

  13. iamtalkingsolistenandlearn says: Apr 24, 2011 2:22 PM

    Edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl

    ID translation:::
    Edgy hurt my feelings and has clowned me so many times my self esteem is shot. Why does everyone pick on me?

  14. edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl says: Apr 24, 2011 3:18 PM

    thank you for proving my point

  15. dustonj2008 says: Apr 24, 2011 7:15 PM

    @Edgy has an obsession with buckeyeboy being a young girl.

    The fact that these guys don’t actually respond to your comment but will instead attack the creditability of a screen name shows that they have no ligament argument.
    Haters will hate regardless of if you give them reasons to or they’ll make them up. In iamtalkingsolistenandlearn’s case, they’ll project someone else’s faults (Auburn) onto others. But everyone seems to forget that AJ Green (again, out of the mighty SEC) got suspended for selling his jersey the year prior. The only difference between Green and Pryor is that Pryor happen to get caught selling more of his own items than Green.
    Bottom line is everyone surrounding college football chooses which rules to acknowledge or not. All these schools are dirty, every last one of them. If your team hasn’t been caught breaking a rule in the last decade then your team isn’t important enough for people to care enough to check into.

  16. huskerguy says: Apr 25, 2011 7:50 AM



  17. dkhhuey says: Apr 25, 2011 12:03 PM

    Going to be a long f@#%ing season I see.

  18. jamie54 says: Apr 25, 2011 7:03 PM

    dustonj2008 says,”……creditability of a screen name shows that they have no ligament argument.” Sorry, laughing so hard can’t even read the stupid comment. Ligament argument? Is that opposed to a Femur argument, or lemme guess, a quadricep argument? Clarification please? Just goes to show if you can spell a word before using it correctly you are just an idiot so why bother reading your content? DA.

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