Comparing Braxton Miller to Tim Tebow in Urban Meyer's Offense

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIISeptember 2, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Quaterback Braxton Miller #5 of Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass during the first half at the 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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Braxton Miller isn't Tim Tebow. 

As much as Tebow gets criticized in the eyes of NFL analysts and fans abroad, it's easy to forget just how dominant this guy was at the college football level. Tebow was one of the greatest college football players of all-time, and his numbers certainly back up that assessment.

Tebow won a Heisman Trophy, won two national championships and had a season where he threw for 32 touchdowns and rushed for 23. He was sensational, and he was a big reason why Urban Meyer won those two championships at the University of Florida.

So, as Meyer moves into a new chapter of his life, he's found himself in a familiar circumstance. Meyer is at a university that has plenty of resources at its feet, and his quarterback has a lot of similarities to the greatest player he's ever coached. 

But once again, Miller isn't Tebow. Although Miller did look similar to what the NFL has come to know as Tebow in the opening quarter of the Buckeyes game against Miami, Ohio. 

Ohio State's offense was limited at best, and Miller had very little production. The Buckeyes were left scoreless at the end of the quarter, and they were unable to move the ball at all.

But as the game went on, Meyer's system started to work, and a lot of similarities were shown between Miller's offense at Ohio State and Tebow's offense at Florida.

If the first game has any indication on what's in store for Ohio State fans this season, they're going to be seeing an awful lot of the spread option, which is something that Tebow ran perfectly at Florida. And under Meyer's leadership, Miller is more than capable of being successful within this offense.

Heck, the second quarter became Miller's coming-out party against Miami. He threw for two touchdowns and finished the game with 207 yards, but he made a huge contribution with his feet. Sound familiar?

In the third quarter, Miller busted a 65-yard rushing touchdown that was sprung off of a spread option play, and he finished the game with 161 yards rushing, which is the most by any Ohio State quarterback in a single game.

So the similarities in both offenses are glaring. Obviously, Miller isn't as powerful of a runner as Tebow was at Florida, but he's far more elusive. That could make him incredibly successful in the same system.

Miller rides out the option plays with most of them coming out of shotgun, and he is obviously the focal point of the Buckeyes offense. 

Should Carlos Hyde and Bri'onte Dunn become efficient in this offense, more pressure can be taken off of Miller. Better yet, this option offense could work wonderfully in the Big Ten, as it worked tremendously in the SEC. But then again, Meyer did have Tebow running the offense, and you know all he does is win. Can Miller win at Ohio State?  

And while the differences are slim, they still exist. Ohio State mixed slow tempo with an upbeat tempo, and Miller has an unfortunate disadvantage of not playing with the Florida athletes that Tebow played with, Devin Smith one-handed catch aside.

Tebow had the likes of Percy Harvin, Louis Murphy and Aaron Hernandez to throw to, and Miller doesn't have those luxurious weapons alongside him. Tebow was successful in Florida's system because he had playmakers to throw to, hand the ball off to and furthermore, take some of the load off of him. 

Because of that, one could make the argument that Meyer will rely more on Miller in this offense than he did with Tebow in Florida's.