Ohio State Football: Buckeyes Must Look to Veteran QB over Dual-Threat Freshman
Ohio State has been a witness to what can happen when a young quarterback gets too much hype and they most likely don’t want to go down that road again. Senior quarterback Joe Bauserman and freshman Braxton Miller will be two of the four passers competing for the starting job after Terrelle Pryor’s departure. The Buckeyes should hand the reins over to the veteran because they have too much to lose right now.
Bauserman is a 26-year old senior; he’s older than average senior because he played minor league baseball before his time at OSU. During the minimal playing time he’s received, he’s played well. In 2011, he recorded a passer rating of 160.1 on the season.
Miller will eventually start for the Buckeyes, but they have to be careful not to rush him. The four-star recruit was rated by Rivals as the No. 1 dual-threat quarterback in America in his high school class. Now, Miller could be the nicest person to ever touch the Ohio State campus, but they could be setting him up to fail if they peg him as Pryor’s successor as a mere freshman; human ego’s are unstable.
Coach Luke Fickell talked to the Columbus Dispatch about the Buckeyes QB battle saying:
“We’re going to find out who’s best. They are all young in their own way, meaning they haven’t taken a whole lot of snaps in front of 106,000. It’s most important who fits what our team does best. Obviously we’ve got to do what they [quarterbacks] do well, but it is important that they can do what our team does well. It’s not as cut and dried sometimes. We’re going to talk about what we always talk about — we want to see it . And when we see it, that helps us make our decisions.”
When it’s all said and done, expect Bauserman to be under center in 2011.
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