Braxton Miller’s greatest hits from Wayne to Ohio State to the NFL

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Braxton Miller’s greatest hits from Wayne to Ohio State to the NFL

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Ohio State star Braxton Miller starred at Wayne High School after growing up in Springfield. (PHIL LONG/OHIO PRESS PHOTO SYSTEM)

The Cincinnati Bengals host the Houston Texans this week, meaning a homecoming for Braxton Miller. 

A second-year receiver for the Texans, Miller starred as a quarterback at Wayne High School and Ohio State before being taken in last year’s draft by Houston. 

He hasn’t carved out much of a niche yet in the NFL as a receiver, but anyone who watched him play over the past decade knows he’s got special ability. 

Here are some reminders: 

One of Miller’s greatest performances came in his last high school game. 

He threw for 200 yards and ran for 64 more while scoring four touchdowns in the Warriors’ 35-28 loss to Lakewood St. Edward. 

That was three weeks after he accounted for 284 total yards and four touchdowns in a thrilling overtime win over Centerville. 

Miller thrilled fans early and often at Ohio State. 

He made his debut against Akron as a true freshman in 2011. 

Bonus: his future coach Urban Meyer describing Miller as a prospect. 

“I’m very excited about No. 5, Braxton Miller. He’s a talented guy.” 

Also from Urban: “There’s no sense waitin’ on this one: Let the guy play, find out what he can do.”

Perhaps the most memorable play of his freshman season was a game-winning desperation touchdown pass to Devin Smith in the waning moments against Wisconsin. 

He also ripped off an 81-yard run against Indiana. 

Miller nearly beat Michigan single-handedly at the end of that season, throwing for 235 yards and running for another 100. He also overthrew a potential go-ahead touchdown pass in the final seconds, though. 

A year later, Miller starred in Meyer’s offense, winning the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Buckeyes went undefeated. 

He started the year off with this classic run against Miami (Ohio). 

Remember the ol’ show-pony kick? 

He also made this poor guy from California grasp air, pulling out the dead leg. 

Miller could throw, too, coming up with a laser that ended up being the difference in a huge win at Michigan State. 

And of course who could forget the greatest 1-yard run in football history? 

I doubt many people at Penn State ever will. 

Miller repeated as the Big Ten MVP in 2013, but his senior season was wiped out before it began by a shoulder injury. 

Miller returned a year later as a receiver, and though the 2015 season didn’t quite go the way Buckeye fans hoped, everyone will always have that electrifying debut against Virginia Tech. 

And he showed enough at his new position to get drafted by the Texans. 

Miller caught 15 passes for 99 yards and this touchdown as a rookie

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