Last season’s Orange Bowl loss to Clemson and Big Ten championship to Michigan State gave Ohio State’s Braxton Miller two reasons to be motivated for the 2014 NCAA football season.
Miller believes that had he been healthy, the race for the Heisman trophy would have been a very different one. His 2013 performance was commendable, improving his completions by five points from 58.4% to 63.5%, and winning each game he played in. Now that he is 100% healthy, Ohio State has wasted no time working with him to ensure a great season physically and mentally. He underwent a practice Gruden QB camp administered by coach Urban Meyer and offensive coordinator Tom Herman, which “encouraged I’m to make quicker decisions”.
Feeling like his team was underrated last season, he looks to be his own player this year despite constant comparisons to Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota.
“Different quarterbacks, different schemes”, Miller says.
Should Ohio State continue to utilize his athleticism, the possibility of rectifying last year’s bowl mistakes is strong; he attempted at least 17 runs in six games last season.
“I just want to go out with a nice run this year and be known as a champion,” Miller said at Tuesday’s Big Ten Media Day conference.