OSU's Miller confident, ready to lead
August 4, 2012Eastern Indiana Sports
By Doug Harris
COLUMBUS —Ohio State’s Braxton Miller didn’t want to overstep his bounds as a freshman last year and was reluctant to take a leadership role. But after a full season as a starter, the sophomore quarterback has begun asserting himself and no longer minds speaking up.
“I had a talk with the coaches about, how can I be a good leader and how can I influence people on the team?” he said. “Since I was a freshman last year, it was kind of odd. I feel a lot better getting a year under my belt.”
The Buckeyes kicked off preseason camp with a 6 a.m. practice for the returning players Friday (the freshmen took the field at 5:15 p.m.), and Miller said he made sure his teammates were ready for a spirited workout despite the crack-of-dawn start.
Asked what his message was to the team, Miller said: “Let’s go, man. It’s time to go. You didn’t come here to lounge around. It’s time to go when you step on the field.”
Miller also took charge in player-only summer workouts, and his fellow Buckeyes say he had a different persona when the offense faced the defense in drills.