ESPN named Ohio State’s Braxton Miller the top preseason player in the Big Ten. Miller, who has started for Ohio State since his freshman year in 2011, took the team to a near-perfect season in 2013, but lost their last two games of the season against Michigan State in the conference bowl and Clemson in the Orange bowl.
During Miller’s Big Ten Media day, he was directly asked about his feelings towards his two losses last season after a previously undefeated one to which he responded with a laugh. To most, his laugh would be considered odd behavior. To Ohio State fans, it was more of a rhetorical response, as if to say ” are you serious?” when the reporter probed further about whether he and coach Urban Meyer discussed those games during the offseason.
Milller has spent most of the offseason working on bettering himself after injuring his shoulder and MCL at the end of last season. Instead of throwing an extended pity party after falling short last season, he has used his shortcomings as fuel for his fire. Throughout mock-Gruden camps and Friday night practice with Jalin Marshall, Miller has had time to reflect on himself and his time at Ohio State.
“It’s your team,” he said. “It’s your last year, too. You don’t want any mistakes. We came up short twice at the end of (last season). That can’t happen again.”