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Ohio State Football: Braxton Miller Is Fast, but How Fast?

BLOOMINGTON, IN - OCTOBER 13:  Braxton Miller #5 of the Ohio State Buckeyes runs for a touchdown during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Memorial Stadium on October 13, 2012 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistMay 30, 2013

College football fans didn't need to watch much of the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2012 to realize that quarterback Braxton Miller is very fast.

Of course, he has never claimed to be as fast (or faster) than Usain Bolt, like former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson did last year. Miller hasn't proven to be the kind of guy who talks about his own measurables or accomplishments.

Urban Meyer and Ohio State aren't as shy.

George Whitfield Jr., the quarterback guru with whom Miller trained this offseason, is in Columbus this week and toured the Buckeyes' facilities yesterday. He spent a good chunk of his afternoon posting pictures of motivational signs, the team's 2013 schedule and the homage to the Buckeyes' 2012 undefeated season as he walked through the Woody Hayes Athletic Center.

Arguably the most interesting picture he posted, though, was a display that featured the fastest Buckeyes and their reported 40-yard dash times:

And the fastest 2013 #Buckeyes are...(The QB is 2nd fastest?) #SpeedKills #OSUtour twitter.com/georgewhitfiel…

— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) May 30, 2013

Dating back to last year, it was widely accepted that Bradley Roby was the fastest player on the team, which is supported by the picture above.

That Miller is right behind him at No. 2 on a team that has pretty good speed speaks volumes about the Ohio State quarterback's speed.

Now, is he really a 4.32 40-yard dasher? 

That's hard to believe. 

Schools almost universally report faster 40 times than their players are able to equal in a more neutral setting, something that's proven annually when the NFL Scouting Combine turns into a weird version of MythBusters. In fact, Jake Stoneburner, who appears in a tie for No. 6 on the list with a 4.4 time, ran a 4.65 40 at the combine last February, according to NFL.com.

It's likely that the 40 times listed above were hand-timed on a runner-friendly track, inflating (or is it deflating?) the numbers a bit.

But the numbers do give us an accurate pecking order of the fastest Buckeyes. That Ryan Shazier comes in at No. 5 is both terrifying and fascinating.

Considering that Meyer likes to turn everything into a competition, this is probably just another method he uses to motivate his players. Maybe Miller will be working on his form this summer to dethrone Roby as the fastest Buckeye.

 

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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