Ohio State Buckeyes: Bobby Hoying

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.

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Jeff Hanisch/US PresswireBraxton 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.
Braxton Miller Abby Drey/Centre Daily Times/Getty ImagesBraxton Miller already has the title for single-season yards, but the real total compiled by Terrelle Pryor has been wiped out of the record books.

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.

TOTAL OFFENSE

  • Who owns it: Braxton Miller already has officially taken the crown after putting up 3,310 yards as a sophomore, sneaking past Bobby Hoying's single-season mark of 3,290 despite not getting the chance to play in the Big Ten title game or a bowl. The true bar Miller has to clear, though, no longer shows up in the record book for the Buckeyes -- and there's still some work to be done to surpass the 3,526 yards Terrelle Pryor rolled up in 2010 that have since been erased from existence.
  • Who wants it: Might be pretty obvious, but Miller will be chasing down this record and plenty more heading into his third season as the starting quarterback. Individual numbers and awards don't seem to matter much to the humble leader of the Ohio State offense, but he should be in line to post more video-game statistics as he continues to develop his game and get more comfortable in Urban Meyer's system.
  • Relevant number: Miller just barely topped 2,000 passing yards last season, and while that represented marked improvement for the Buckeyes through the air, Meyer is clearly expecting that total to go up next fall. Miller only would have needed to throw for 18 more yards per game to tie Pryor, a reasonable amount that could come fairly easily if improved mechanics and ability to read defenses bumps up his completion percentage a few more points from the 58.3 he turned in as a sophomore.
  • Offseason checklist: The Buckeyes clearly had no problem getting production out of Miller during the perfect season, and at times he looked like the only consistent threat on the field. But there have also been regular reminders from Meyer and the coaching staff that the multitalented star has only scratched the surface as a quarterback, with his footwork on top of the list of things to focus on during offseason throwing sessions, spring practice and training camp. Everything starts from the ground up with Miller, and while his happy feet make him electrifying as a rusher, they can throw off his delivery as a passer in the pocket and mask his arm strength, making them a top priority over the next few months.
  • Attainable goal: The record is officially already his, so there's not much question Miller is capable of reaching it. But with the possibility of two more games next season and an offense loaded with experienced playmakers around him, from an offensive line with four returning starters to two established targets at wide receiver and a full stable of running backs, Miller and the Buckeyes should have no problem piling up offense.

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