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Will OSU QB Braxton Miller run the ball less this season?

Braxton Miller

During his first three seasons as a member of the Ohio State Buckeyes, quarterback Braxton Miller ran the ball 557 times for 3,054 yards. Miller is one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, but he’s also suffered numerous injuries caused by his scrambling.

Miller emphasized better conditioning during the off season, and he expects those injuries to be far less problematic this fall.

The Buckeyes can also help Miller by relying less on him as the one of the team’s primary ball carriers. Unfortunately, they may not have that luxury.

Miller is the team’s leading returning rusher despite missing two games last season.

There is plenty of talent in the Buckeyes’ backfield with Ezekiel Elliot, Bri’onte Dunn, and Rod Smith, but it’s largely unproven. The Buckeyes desperately need one of these running backs to take over the role vacated by Carlos Hyde, who led the team with 1,521 rushing yards last season. This year’s backs don’t need to be as productive as Hyde was, but they have to take the pressure off of Miller to prevent the quarterback from becoming the team’s primary rushing threat.

Miller may not get much of a reprieve even when he drops back to pass. Four starters along the offensive line graduated and are no longer on the roster. And Taylor Decker is switching from right tackle to left tackle. This unit is going to need time to gel.

Miller is now physically ready to take the pounding which comes during the Big Ten’s regular season, and he’s going  to need it.

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4 Responses to “Will OSU QB Braxton Miller run the ball less this season?”
  1. bonerchamp says: Jul 28, 2014 7:42 PM

    Been hearing about Rod Smith for years.

  2. canetic says: Jul 28, 2014 8:52 PM

    9-3. Not great, not bad.

  3. w102pbh says: Jul 28, 2014 11:14 PM

    Would really like to know how they are going to use Jalin Marshall…Can’t wait to see him in a Percy Harvin type role…Gonna be awesome.

  4. laxer37 says: Jul 29, 2014 8:42 AM

    Why would he run less often? He’s an elite runner but very average as a passer. The losses on the offensive line suggest he will have less time to throw which leads to more scrambling, not less.

    Miller is basically Tim Tebow. You know he’s going to run often and you still can’t stop him. Opponents want to force him to pass because that’s the weakness in his game.

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