Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller must ignore his own hype and work harder than ever before in 2013 if the Buckeyes are to have any chance of winning the BCS championship this upcoming season.
The team would have been in the BCS title game last year if not for the sanctions against the program, and the pressure is on to equal those accomplishments this fall.
Expectations couldn't be higher, and the only way this young team will meet them is if Urban Meyer can somehow get his young quarterback to focus on improving each and every day instead of getting caught up in what's being said on television and what's being said about him on the radio.
Miller has already been thrust into the national spotlight after his recent Sports Illustrated cover, and we haven't even hit the month of March. The talent is certainly present on the roster for Ohio State to make a legitimate run at the title, but it won't do so without a fully focused and humble leader.
Miller's athleticism and speed are a major weapon, and he's going to get plenty of yards rushing. However, if the team's offense has any hope of exceeding what it accomplished last year, he needs to become a more accomplished pocket passer.
Last season, Miller only completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 2,039 yards and 15 touchdowns. The Buckeyes scored over 37 points per game despite this. If Miller can improve, the offense will be nearly unstoppable.
So far, it seems as if Miller is doing what it takes to improve. He's been working out with noted quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. (via Tim May of BuckeyeXtra), and if anyone can help him improve, it's this man.
The "Quarterback Whisperer" has worked with many players you've heard about over the years, including Andrew Luck, Cam Newton, Ben Roethlisberger, Johnny Manziel and Tajh Boyd.
Miller will likely be much improved this year as a passer, but that won't be enough.
He must lead by example, and the most important thing he must do to lead his team to a national championship is stay humble and forget about the hype surrounding his name.
If he becomes enamored by his fame, Ohio State's chances at winning the BCS title in 2013 are doomed.
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