Ohio State OC Tom Herman Excited About Braxton Miller and the Buckeyes' Offense

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistAugust 20, 2013

Aug 19, 2013; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Braxton Miller (5) during practice at Ackerman Road Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports
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Ohio State offensive coordinator Tom Herman has a lot to be excited about this year.

It's not just Braxton Miller's improved accuracy. It's not the four returning senior starters who anchor the offensive line. It's not the experienced wide receivers who are coming into their own, the first-year players primed to make an impact or the nearly limitless depth the Buckeyes have at running back.

It's that Ohio State has all of this going at the same time. With the season nearing and the Buckeyes pegged as one of the few national title contenders, everything seems to be coming together for Herman and his offense.

What's not to like about that?

Ohio State is in its final week of fall camp, which will be followed by game-week preparations for the Buckeyes' season opener against Buffalo. That gives Herman one more week to round his offense into shape before the coaching staff turns its attention, and practice time, to a tailored game plan. 

Herman met with the media Monday afternoon and shared his thoughts on the Buckeyes' offense. According to Ben Axelrod of BuckeyeGrove.com, Ohio State is operating at a much higher level than it was last year.

We're much faster, we're much more well-oiled, if you will, with our jet pace and our up-tempo stuff. It's running a lot smoother, definitely. I do know this: I sleep a lot easier at night than I did last year at this time.

Improving an offense that led the Big Ten with 37.2 points per game starts with Miller, who has worked hard this offseason to improve as a passer. That process is going well, and Herman said that Miller's growth affects the entire team.

"He's head and shoulders better than he was and farther ahead," Herman said. "The more he learns, the more fluent he gets, now the more we can go, and it just kind of snowballs a little bit."

Will that snowball grow big enough for Ohio State to steamroll its way through the Big Ten?

That's Herman's plan, and it appears to be right on schedule. 

Courtesy of Kevin Noon, also of BuckeyeGrove.com, Herman's interview session can be viewed here


David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
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