The top-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes are sitting at 5-0 this season heading into Week 6. Urban Meyer has to be happy with his team’s record, but he can’t be happy with some of the struggles that his team has had throughout the early weeks of the season.
One thing that Meyer does want to do moving forward is to get the football in Braxton Miller’s hands more. After Week 1 against the Virginia Tech Hokies, he has been somewhat of an afterthought for the Buckeyes’ offense.
“I want him [involved] as bad or more than he does,” Meyer said, via ESPN.com. “But the defense directs where the ball goes. You can’t just say, ‘Throw it to him.’ You just can’t do that. What if he’s covered? It’s frustrating, but you know, he graded a champion. The Virginia Tech game he did not. So think about that. … Offensive football is not a one-man show. It’s 11 guys getting their jobs done. So the positive is that he’s heading in that direction to be a full-time receiver.”
Throughout the season, Miller has caught just eight passes for 113 yards and a touchdown. He has also carried the football 22 times for 150 yards and a touchdown.
Those numbers show exactly what he is capable of doing if the Buckeyes can get the football into his hands.
Meyer simply hasn’t been able to figure out how to get him into open space since the Virginia Tech game. Teams have made sure to lock down on Miller and force other players to beat them. Ohio State has risen to the occasion and still been able to win football games, but finding a way to consistently get Miller involved would make these wins much easier for the Buckeyes.
Expect to see the Buckeyes try to put the football in Miller’s hands much more this coming week against the Maryland Terrapins back at home and to try quite a few different things to do so.
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