When Urban Meyer took the coaching job at Ohio State, everyone knew that the offense was going to change in Columbus.
The key to most offenses is the quarterback, but it is extremely important in an Urban Meyer offense. A quarterback not only has to be able to make great decisions with his arm, he has to be able to do the same with his legs. The offense is a variation of the spread option attack used commonly in college football. A mobile quarterback surrounded by speed, speed, and more speed.
Along with speed, misdirection is used in the form of the option. The quarterback must be an athletic player to keep up with the pace.
Braxton Miller is the perfect quarterback for this offense. Ever since the hiring of Urban Meyer, I knew Miller would be a stud in this offense. Last season, Miller only the for 2,039 yards but tossed 15 touchdowns with only 6 interceptions.
A quarterback’s arm isn’t what the Meyer offense is known for, it’s his feet. Miller rushed for 1,271 yards adding 13 more touchdowns. That’s more rushing yards than most teams’ starting running backs.
Miller led the Buckeye’s to an undefeated season in 2012 and will look to do the same in 2013. The schedule isn’t particularly tough but they may have a few games that can give them trouble. In the second season under Meyer, the expectations are high for the Buckeyes. I think that they can live up to those expectations if, and only if, Braxton Miller plays at a Heisman Trophy level.
Look for Miller to pick up where he left off last season as a fantasy workhorse. I expect the passing yards to come up a bit but look for the same rushing production. He will have to put these kind of numbers up to lead the Buckeyes to a championship this season.