Thursday, January 17, 2013
Record resolutions: More marks for Miller
By Austin Ward
Ohio State hardly needs motivation thanks to the chip on its shoulder already firmly in place after sitting out the postseason with a perfect record. But just in case any players required any extra fuel heading into workouts or wanted a little help putting together some goals, BuckeyeNation is here to lend a hand with some records that could be in reach with another productive offseason.
Braxton Miller could become Ohio State's leading career passer by the time he leaves Columbus.
CAREER QUARTERBACK RECORDS
Who owns it: The various names are already well established in Ohio State history -- from Art Schlichter to Troy Smith, Bobby Hoying to Joe Germaine. But their respective career passing records could wind up under assault from a quarterback who's currently better known for his legs than his arm. A few of them might take two more seasons for Braxton Miller to chase down, but even if he simply maintains his current pace and doesn't take another step forward throwing the ball as he did as a sophomore, hallowed marks such as passing yardage, touchdowns and total yardage could go down as well as a pile of others that require steady contributions over a long period of time.
Who wants it: Miller's passing statistics after getting thrown into the lineup as a true freshman didn't turn many heads, but they did give him a head start and sent him on his way to potentially leading the Ohio State attack for four seasons. That's a significant boost in a bid to set career passing marks, even if that's not Miller's motivation. If he merely duplicated his dynamic sophomore campaign twice more, Miller would finish his career with more than 7,000 passing yards, 500 completions and 58 touchdowns -- enough to clinch the last two categories and a legitimate threat to the first even without boosting his numbers in Urban Meyer's spread offense.
Relevant number: The conversation for quarterbacks invariably comes back around to a much more simple category, and Miller is well on his way to piling up enough victories to make his case as one of the school's most decorated signal-callers. Even after getting tossed into the mix before he was truly ready as a freshman and then missing out on two more chances to win games due to NCAA sanctions as a sophomore, Miller officially has 16 victories through two seasons. He would need 20 wins over the next two seasons to tie Schlichter's 36 from 1978-81, and Miller could potentially have 29 games to match or surpass it taking possible postseason games into consideration.