Braxton Miller Is the Perfect Fit for Urban Meyer's Spread Offense

Brad Washington@@theGURO15Correspondent IISeptember 3, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 1:  Kent Kern #43 of the Miami Redhawks hits Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes as he throws the ball downfield during the second quarter on September 1, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Braxton Miller completed his most effective game of his young career against Miami (Ohio) this weekend by passing for 207 yards with two touchdowns and rushing for 161 yards and one touchdown.

But it wasn't all sweet and dandy for Braxton and his new offense. He struggled tremendously in the first quarter, completing just one out of seven throws for only five yards.

Urban Meyer says the offense was “playing very poor football,” in the first quarter, but Braxton Miller followed through on both the ground and through the air heading into the second quarter.

He started the second off in stride by throwing the ball of Devin Smith's career as his first touchdown. He followed with another one to Philly Brown and he began dissecting the opposing defense more on read option plays, which included a 65-yard rushing touchdown.

The Braxton Miller featured so far this season is a far cry from what Jim Tressel would have turned the sophomore quarterback into.

Tressel recruited Miller in his final recruiting class and it's likely he would have used him at quarterback the same way Luke Fickle would have and how Tressel used Terrelle Pryor before him.

But Miller, like Pryor, is a special talent and needs to be utilized properly. Saturday was an indication that the spread offense is built for his skill set and he could prosper greatly as long as Urban Meyer will let him.

Of course, skeptics will say that it is only Miami (Ohio) and Miller needs to play stiffer competition. That's fair, but his 368-yard total offense performance shouldn't be totally dismissed.

Miller showed he could run the offense; his passes became more accurate as the game went on and of course the runs were executed accurately and aggressively.

Braxton Miller may not be Tim Tebow for Urban Meyer, but he can be the quarterback who will lead his offensive attack.