Many fans — and some people around these parts you may know — had been calling for true freshman Braxton Miller to start at quarterback for Ohio State even before the season start.
Todd Boeckman Joe Bauserman start the first three games and morph into the dictionary definition of the word “pedestrian”, those calls grew louder. Thursday, those calls were heard. And answered.
During his radio call-in show on 97.1 The Fan in Columbus earlier today, head coach Luke Fickell confirmed that Miller will start Saturday’s game against Colorado for the 2-1 Buckeyes. The move was first reported by Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch prior to Fickell’s official radio announcement.
In explaining the move from Bauserman — 69th in the nation in pass efficiency — to Miller, Fickell said that the first-year player possesses a lot of ability and needs to be given the opportunity to display it. The decision was something the coaching staff had considered during the week leading up to each game of this season.
While Miller will start, Bauserman is expected to get playing time against the Buffaloes.
There have been many comparisons made between Miller and former OSU QB Terrelle Pryor since the former became an official member of this year’s recruiting class, and the symmetry at this point in time is undeniable. In the fourth game of the 2008 season, and with the Buckeyes coming off an embarrassing 35-3 loss to USC, Pryor made his first career start as a true freshman. Fast-forward three years, and coming off an embarrassing 24-6 loss to Miami, Miller will make his first career start in the fourth game of the season.
In Pryor’s starting debut against Troy, the top-rated player in the Class of 2008 accounted for all four touchdowns — with each coming through the air — in a 28-10 win. Fickell and the Buckeyes can only hope for a similar performance from Miller — on the field only, of course.