Braxton Miller has been called "one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks ever" by some Big Ten observers, and it's easy to see why conference fans are so giddy about the possibilities this season.
Most importantly, the Big Ten is in desperate need of a nationally successful season. Along with the SEC's recent dominance, the Big Ten—the SEC's nemesis of the past—has consequently seen a decline in nonconference and postseason performance. After Ohio State's 12-0 campaign last season, the Buckeyes look to be the standard-bearer for the Big Ten's renaissance.
While Ohio State, led by Miller, probably is the conference's best hope at a national-title run this season, we still can't get past that whole "dual-threat" thing. Is Braxton Miller truly a dual-threat quarterback?
Last season, Miller was fourth overall and first among quarterbacks in rushing yards in the Big Ten (1,271 yards, 13 TD). With Denard Robinson leaving Michigan, Miller will likely be unchallenged by signal-callers this season, at least when it comes to the ground game.
Rushing threat? Check. Now, let's move on to the other half of that dual threat: the passing game.
Here's where the argument for Miller's quarterback dominance runs off the rails a bit. Last season, Miller was seventh among Big Ten quarterbacks in passing yards per game (169.9)—which was good enough for 88th place in the FBS. He was also seventh in the Big Ten in completion percentage (58.3), sixth in pass attempts (254) and eighth in total completions (148).
Sure, these numbers could be worse (Denard, we're looking in your direction), but they're nowhere near the kind of numbers we need to see to consider Miller anything close to a lethal gunslinger. His rushing ability certainly makes him a threat to eat up big chunks of yardage on the ground. But when it comes to the aerial attack, Miller just isn't that intimidating.
Is Braxton Miller a threat to opposing defenses? Certainly. A dual threat? No.