Tigers ready to prep for Miller

CLEMSON - After what happened to Clemson in their last game against a dual-threat quarterback, Braxton Miller has to be licking his chops.

Connor Shaw rushed for 94 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries in Clemson's fifth-straight loss to South Carolina.

Miller, who is second among Ohio State rushers in both categories, has 1,033 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns through 11 games.

Grady Jarrett thinks both quarterbacks are "great." It's hard to get an argument against that around here.

"I think this is almost a step up to another level with Braxton…this is going to be a great challenge going against Braxton Miller and The Ohio State Buckeyes," Jarrett said.

The Clemson Tigers' run defense certainly has its hands full.

"I think, with South Carolina, they out-schemed us with that part of the game. On third-down, he made a lot of conversions on third-down with his legs," said Robert Smith, when asked what it'll take for Clemson to keep Miller under control in the Orange Bowl.

"We're going to take that into consideration in this game. We've got to find a way to contain the quarterback better. I feel like we will. We've learned from it, especially coming off a game that quarterback beat us with his legs. We're going to be way more cognizant of it."

Smith, who was the starting quarterback at Woodland High School for four years, has watched a lot of Miller since he making his mark on the South Carolina high school record books.

"He's a baller. Everybody knows that," Smith said. "Since high school, I've watched him since I was coming into college, because we're in the same class and I used to play quarterback. I kind of looked at the quarterbacks when I was coming in my class.

"He's been doing his thing since day one since he's gotten there."

In his three-year career, Miller has passed for 5,508 yards and 50 touchdowns. He's also rushed for 3,019 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Carlos Hyde, who is usually beside or behind Miller in the Buckeyes' backfield, is quality back, too. Hyde is first on the team with 1,408 yards and 14 touchdowns.

That combo, Jarrett said, is "almost similar" to South Carolina's.

"I feel like, if we take the same approach, well, not the same, because we've got to stop both of them," Jarrett said. "I feel like we stopped Davis in the South Carolina game."

They did. Clemson limited Davis to just 22 yards on 15 carries.

"We still had some spots with Shaw. We just know we've still got a lot of work to do, shutting down two great football players," Jarrett said. "It can be done."

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