The Ohio State Buckeyes have struggled over the last couple of weeks, although they were able to beat Western Michigan 38-12 this afternoon. Urban Meyer can’t be too happy with the way that his team has played since Week 2 of the college football season, but there is one change that he can make to help make them better moving forward.
During the first game of the season against the Virginia Tech Hokies, Miller showed the type of impact that he can have on a game. He caught three passes for 79 yards and a touchdown, while also rushing for 61 yards and a touchdown. Those numbers were huge for Ohio State and they need to get him more involved to have another playmaker on the field.
Miller hasn’t been much of a target at all for the offense over the past couple weeks and they have struggled a bit as a result.
Heading into his senior year, Miller was forced to make a decision. He could either look to transfer elsewhere and continue his career as a quarterback or he could make a position switch from quarterback to wide receiver. Miller decided to go ahead and trust Meyer and the Buckeyes and change positions to make one last run at proving his worth to an NFL team looking to add playmakers.
Throughout the first four games of the season, Miller has caught five passes for 95 yards and a touchdown, carried the football 17 times for 125 yards and a touchdown and has also completed one pass for three yards.
Having that type of weapon isn’t something that every team in the nation can brag about, but he is doing nothing for Ohio State if they don’t use him. Meyer promised that they would look to feed Miller early and often each and every week, but he has failed to live up to his end of the bargain. Looking ahead to next week against the Indiana Hoosiers, look for Miller to be a huge part of their offensive game plan.
Ohio State knows that they can’t afford to play the way that they have over the past couple weeks and will look to get back to what made them successful against Virginia Tech.
Ezekiel Elliott is still going to get his touches while Meyer is also going to put the football in Cardale Jones’ hands and ask him to make plays. That being said, they can take a lot of stress off of their offense if they simply look to trust Miller as a senior and allow him to be one of their offensive leaders.
Expect to see Miller get back to being a dominant playmaker over the next few weeks and for Meyer to focus on forcing the issue getting Miller in the open field with room to make plays.
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