Ohio State Football: Did Urban Meyer Channel Tim Tebow for Braxton Miller?

Tim BielikSenior Analyst ISeptember 1, 2012

Sept 1, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer before the game against the Miami Redhawks at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Leifheit-US PRESSWIRE

The debut of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State didn't get off to the greatest start, but the Buckeyes found their rhythm as they rolled Miami 56-10.

Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes offense struggled in the first quarter, but ripped off 21 unanswered points early in the second quarter and set a tone for the rest of the game.

All it took was one game in Meyer's new offense for Miller to set a single-game record for QB rushing with 161 yards on 17 carries—65 of which came on a touchdown on the first play of the second half. He was also 14-of-24 for 207 yards, with two touchdowns and, most importantly, no turnovers.

The thought all throughout the offseason was that Meyer had his best quarterback in Miller since he recruited Tim Tebow, and that Miller would have a similar impact.

So far, so good.

Except for the obvious struggles in the first quarter, Miller was very strong running the football, finding creases in the defense and getting to the outside a few times as well.

Obviously, the Buckeyes offense may not be as good throughout the season as the Tebow-led offenses at Florida, simply because of the lack of a pure speedster in the backfield (i.e. Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps).

But Miller is quick and fast enough to fulfill that element for now, while Carlos Hyde and Bri'Onte Dunn fulfill the "Tebow" role as the power runner up the middle.

It may only be one game, but the difference in how Miller looked from last season to now is pretty drastic, and it showed in the second quarter when Ohio State was able to move the football with authority.

The no-huddle was in full effect, and it looked pretty good in its debut.

Whether or not it will be sustained throughout the season is unknown, because there will be better and faster defenses the Buckeyes will face later this season.

But for now, Miller looks like he can be the type of quarterback fans expect him to be in the Urban Meyer offense.

And although his debut was cut short by cramps midway through the third quarter, Miller proved that he has the ability to thrive in his new offense.


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