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Continued: Buckeyes QB is steady as it goes

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 27, 2013 - 7:57 AM

“He knows what it takes, how prepared you have to be to be on the next level,” Miller said. “He always tells me I’m almost there. I’m close, but he tells me the little things that I have to work on to get myself to that point.”

Path leads to Ohio State

Meyer recruited Miller when he was coaching at Florida. A standout at Wayne (Ohio) High School, Miller committed to play for Jim Tressel at Ohio State at the end of his junior year.

Tressel resigned after Ohio State was hit with NCAA sanctions, but interim coach Luke Fickell still turned over the offense to Miller as a true freshman in 2011, as the Buckeyes went 6-7. Then Meyer arrived in Columbus, where he got the chance to work with Miller after all.

“I relied on my instinct and went to Ohio State, and now he’s here with me,” Miller said. “So it worked out real good.”

Meyer has called Miller one of the greatest athletes he’s ever seen. Miller has run the 40-yard dash in 4.36 seconds — comparable to NFL wide receivers — and has bench pressed 385 pounds.

“I go back to Percy Harvin,” said Meyer, who coached Harvin at Florida. “I say he has the best first step I’ve ever seen, and Braxton is in that category.”

Meyer added, “He’s done some things even in practice where you just shake your head.”

But it’s not only Miller’s video game talent that resonates with teammates.

“A lot of guys look up to him,” Mewhort said. “He does a great job of permeating his humility through the team. So I appreciate that, and I know a lot of guys do.

“He does such a good job of keeping that superstar thing under wraps that when you’re playing with him, it’s almost like he doesn’t get how good he is.”



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