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By Matt McCoy
Urban Meyer knew Braxton Miller would be an improved quarterback, but the junior QB's performance have exceeded the coaches expectations.
"Last year was his second system as a quarterback but now he's in the same one with the same coach, same system for two years. You should be better. He is really better though," Meyer said. "I anticipated he would be better...He's a little better than better. He's done a nice job."
Miller has been particularly sharp ever since he fumbled in the third quarter at Northwestern. The fumble was his third turnover that night. At the time the Buckeyes trailed 23-13 and Meyer considered putting in back-up Kenny Guiton, who began to warm up. Miller stayed in the game though and rallied the Buckeyes to a 40-30 win and has never looked back.
Since the fumble, Miller is 46-60 passing (77%) for 563 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions. He's also rushed for 192 yards and two scores.
"I don't think it's a coincidence," Meyer said of Miller's improved play since Guiton was nearly inserted. "If our center doesn't play well we're going to make a change if we have a good center behind him. He knows that (the same is true for quarterbacks.) I love him to death, he's like a son to me and we get along great but he knows that I have a job to do and that's to make sure the best players are on the field and the guy behind him happens to be a very good player and a very good leader."
To listen to coach Meyer's comments from Monday's media conference click here:
Darrell Hazell Joins Joel Riley
Purdue hosts Ohio State Saturday and former Buckeye assistant and current Boilermaker head coach Darrell Hazell joined Joel Riley Tuesday morning. Purdue, just 1-6, is a 31 point underdog to the Buckeyes.
"Ohio State has a dynamic offense. They've got four explosive players on offense. We've got to find a way to slow those guys down which is a lot easier said then done," Hazell said to Joel. "And we have to take care of the ball offensively and try to equal out that time of possession.
To hear all of Coach Hazell's interview with Joel click here
610 WTVN's Dave Maetzold and Sportsrappup.com's Jeff Rapp hosted Buckeye Rewind Monday night from the Hollywood Casino. Their guests included former Ohio State running back Brandon Joe. If you missed the show, check it out here: