The first time I watched Braxton Miller play, I said he reminded me a lot of a young Donovan McNabb. Through two games this season, he's looking more like Tim Tebow.
Before anyone takes that as an insult, I'm referring to Tebow on the college level. During Tebow's tenure at Florida, he established himself as one of the greatest college football players in history.
Obviously, Miller has a long way to go before he could even be mentioned in that sentence, but the style by which he's attained success in this young season is Tebow-esque.
Urban Meyer may be the perfect coach to get the best out of Miller on the collegiate level. This was the case for Tebow in Florida as well.
On Saturday, the Buckeyes defeated Central Florida 31-16. Miller ran for 141 yards and three touchdowns on a whopping 27 carries. At first glance at the box score, a person could momentarily wonder: "Who is this new running back for the Bucks named Miller?"
That's no running back, folks—it's the Bucks' sophomore quarterback, and right now he's fourth in the nation in rushing. Through two games, he's rushed for 302 yards and four scores.
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Tebow has been known to blur the line between the two positions, and Miller is doing the same thing.
His most recent performance reminds me of one of Tebow's most memorable games at Florida. In September 2007, Tebow set a school rushing record for quarterbacks with 166 yards against Mississippi State.
Like Miller's, this game came in his sophomore season.
He scored on the ground twice, and he threw for two more touchdowns in the Gators' 30-24 win. He did his damage on the ground with 27 carries, just like Miller did on Saturday.
Tebow won the Heisman Trophy that year as he threw for 32 touchdowns and ran for 23 more. It is one of the greatest college seasons in history.
If Miller continues this pace, he could finish the regular season with 42 total touchdowns. His sophomore season won't be quite as monumental as Tebow's, but he has made his own mark here in the early going.
Team circumstances are different because of the NCAA sanctions, but that can't dull the shine Miller has produced for himself thus far.
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