OSU Risking A Lot By Running Miller So Much

OSU quarterback Braxton Miller is on pace to challenge Eddie George's single-season rushing record, but can the Buckeyes afford to continue putting their franchise player at such risk? We have some thoughts about that along with the regular weekly features including the Fearless Forecast.

Two games into the 2012 season and a fine line seems to have emerged between what could be a dream season for the Ohio State football team and a nightmare.

After only 120 minutes of football, we have discovered pretty much what we already knew – that Braxton Miller is a tremendously gifted athlete asked to play quarterback for the Buckeyes. His transformation into a quarterback who is asked to make athletic plays remains a work in progress, but no one could argue with the results so far.

Miller has accounted for roughly 70 percent of his team's total offense by running for 302 yards and throwing for 362 more. That puts him No. 14 nationally in total offense, and No. 4 in the nation in rushing. At his present pace, Miller would finish the season with 1,812 yards on the ground. To put that into perspective, Eddie George set the school's single-season record of 1,927 yards in 1995.

Add to Miller's rushing pace another 2,172 yards through the air, and he would have numbers that don't just whisper Heisman Trophy, they would scream it.

Before we make our reservations for New York City, however, understand how ridiculously difficult it will be for Miller to maintain his current pace.

Read the rest by clicking on this link: Rea's Say Blog: Sept. 14.

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