Ohio State Football: Is Braxton Miller Worthy of OSU'S All-Time Top 25 Status?

Luke PashkeCorrespondent IJuly 19, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Quaterback Braxton Miller #5 of Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass during the first half at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Believe me, I know exactly what you're thinking, and I completely agree with you. Just hear me out from start to finish, and I think in the end we should see eye to eye.

Braxton Miller had a phenomenal freshman season for multiple reasons. Miller was a complete stud on the stat sheet, throwing for 1,159 yards and 13 touchdowns and running for 715 yards and seven touchdowns. As a young and bewildered freshman, Miller continued to move the ball down the field and put points on the board against all odds. He was one of the only bright spots of the 2011 season.

Aside from the numbers, Miller really emerged as a playmaker and a true competitor in his first season as the field general in Columbus. The young quarterback never backed down from the big moment, raising the level of his play in the fourth quarter and when the going got tough.

There were numerous times when Miller would pull his team from the fire or put the finishing touches on a game and play beyond his years. Even in losing efforts like against Michigan, Miller would leave it all on the field and raise his level of play to at least give the Buckeyes a chance.

Yes, Miller had an excellent freshman season, but that's the problem: it was only one season.

Before Miller can be named among one the best Buckeyes to ever grace the scarlet and grey, he has to make a bigger impact in Columbus, and that's just stating the obvious.

However, the product out of Huber Heights has certainly given Buckeye Nation plenty to be excited about for the present and the future.

He's the type of quarterback who will always fill out the stat sheet, but his true legacy will be made on the scoreboard. Quarterbacks aren't remembered for the amount of touchdowns they score or the type of highlights they make. They are remembered by the games they win. Plain and simple.

This honest truth is good news for Miller because from what we can tell, he's an ultimate competitor and a true winner. In the new system he's found himself in, he'll be put in an excellent position to succeed. If his first year is any indication, he'll win big games during his time in Columbus.

If he manages to win big games while wearing the scarlet and grey, he may go down as one of the best Buckeyes of all time.

But for now, let's hold our horses.