Ohio State Football: Other Playmakers Must Step Up for Braxton Miller's Sake

Luke PashkeCorrespondent ISeptember 11, 2012

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 8:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes is sacked by Jonathan Davis #11 of the Central Florida Knights on September 8, 2012 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio defeated Central Florida 31-16. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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Alright let's get one thing straight, Braxton Miller is an electrifying stud.

The guy has played lights out thus far and Buckeye Nation should be drooling over the talents of their QB. On the run, he's lightning in a bottle and now that he's in the right system, his arm should develop much quicker and become a major threat soon. At this rate he could easily force himself into the Heisman race this year and be a serious contender for the illustrious trophy in 2013.

All this is great but the only problem is, it's been two games and the Buckeyes have run Miller ragged against weaker opponents.

Clearly, Miller is going to be the staple of this offense, but if he keeps going at this rate, he may not make it through the entire season. You can't change his vicious style of play or convince him to run with less heart, but if more Buckeyes could step up on offense, he wouldn't have to put himself in danger so often.

In just two games against inferior opponents, Miller was asked to carry the ball a ridiculous 44 times. Yes, he's a great runner, but am I the only one who holds their breath every game praying he doesn't hurt himself on one of his 30 carries? The Buckeyes need more playmakers to step up and share the load before Miller hurts himself or doesn't have the capacity to win the game on his own. Part of that can be put on Miller, who seems reluctant to pitch the ball on options or leave it with the back on zone reads, but so far he's been the whole offense.

The injury to Hall and Hyde certainly hurts, but if the Buckeyes can get Dunn rolling early this Saturday or at least formulate a solid and reliable passing game, it will not only keep Miller out of harm's way but improve the offense's production.

Again, Miller is outstanding, and I love the way he plays, but if he doesn't get more help from his teammates, this style of play will catch up to OSU.