Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Worked with Notable QB Guru This Offseason
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has kept himself pretty busy this offseason.
After helping the Buckeyes put the finishing touches on a perfect 12-0 season with a 26-21 victory over the Michigan Wolverines last November, Miller has traveled the award circuit, picked up some hardware and, most recently, graced the cover of Sports Illustrated.
According to Tim May of the Columbus Dispatch, Miller has also spent a considerable amount of time working on his game with famed quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr.
Whitfield, known as "The Quarterback Whisperer" by some, runs a highly regarded company out of San Diego that trains quarterbacks during the offseason. Whitfield is considered one of the best in the business and has worked with the likes of Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd.
Miller reached out to Whitfield in December, almost immediately after Ohio State's season ended in 2012, to begin working on his game in preparation for 2013.
Needless to say, Miller made a quick impression.
“Braxton has one of the biggest arms in college football,” Whitfield told the Columbus Dispatch. “I know people see his speed and his playmaking ability. But I am talking about, he’s got rare, rare arm talent.”
That's high praise coming from Whitfield and should be encouraging news for Buckeyes fans.
Miller put together one of the best years in Ohio State football history in 2012, breaking a single-season school record for total offense with 3,310 yards in just 12 games.
Despite his record-breaking year, though, there are certain areas in Miller's game that need improvement. The soon-to-be junior quarterback completed just 58 percent of his passes in 2012 and struggled with small stuff like putting touch on his short to intermediate throws.
Those are the kinds of things that can be corrected with Whitfield's help. It was one of the first issues he addressed with Miller this winter.
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“We all know (Braxton’s) got a fastball," Whitfield said. "But like I told him… Aaron Rodgers on one play can gun it in there between two safeties, and on the next he can drop it on over a receiver’s outside shoulder like a robin’s egg.”
To Miller's credit, he seems anxious to learn. After paying $1,500 for five days of one-on-one work with Whitfield, Miller explained that he just wanted to absorb as much as he could.
“I just wanted to see a different aspect of the game from somebody else’s perspective,” Miller said
For Ohio State fans, they'll have to wait a little over six weeks before seeing the new and improved Miller in action at the Buckeyes' spring game. Until then, they can rest easy knowing their quarterback is working hard to improve his game.
David is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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