Every day until fall camp begins for Ohio State, we will profile a different Buckeye football player. Today that player is redshirt freshman quarterback Jack Miller. Yesterday it was punter Jesse Mirco. You can find all of the daily Scoop Profiles right here.
No. 9 | Quarterback | 6-3 215 | Redshirt Freshman | Chaparral High School | Scottsdale, Arizona
How’d He Get Here
Ohio State offered Jack Miller on May 17, 2017, which came as his freshman year of high school was wrapping up. The Buckeyes were his sixth offer, with the other Power 5 offers being in-state Arizona and Arizona State, and Florida State. He played his freshman ball at Scottsdale Christian, where he threw for 3,653 yards and 53 touchdowns. Miller then transferred to Chaparral the ensuing January. Fifty-one weeks later, Miller received an offer from Alabama. Michigan then jumped into the pool six days later. Miller took a Midwest tour in June of 2018, visiting OSU, Michigan State, and Michigan. He then took a trip to Alabama to visit the Crimson Tide. Miller committed to Ohio State on July 1, which was about a week after his visit to Tuscaloosa.
Jack Miller enrolled early last year but he and quarterback classmate CJ Stroud were only asked to provide some depth as true freshmen. The quarterback situation was fine with Justin Fields. Neither Miller nor Stroud threw a pass last year, but both got in a handful of plays as rookies. This spring they competed for the starting spot with true freshman Kyle McCord. Nothing was decided yet because there is still more work to be done. As head coach Ryan Day said this spring, he and quarterbacks coach Corey Dennis aren’t trying to get one starter ready, they’re trying to get all three ready to start. The competition will continue this summer and into the fall.
What to Like
He may not have thrown a pass last year, but Jack Miller has been in the offense for a year and a half now. It has been said by previous quarterbacks that it takes a year to truly learn Ryan Day’s offense, so by this point Miller knows what’s going on. Like the other quarterbacks this spring, he had his ups and downs. At times he was the best of the three quarterbacks, and at other times he wasn’t. Miller has shown that his arm is strong enough to do what needs done and he’s accurate enough as well. He is also mobile enough to get out of trouble, as well as provide a running threat on the read options.
What’s the Ceiling This Year?
Here’s the thing about ceilings for Ohio State quarterbacks under Ryan Day — they’re really stinking high. Every year that Day has been at Ohio State, the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback has been named First-Team All-Big Ten by both the coaches and media. He’s done it with a four-year starter in JT Barrett, a redshirt sophomore first-time starter in Dwayne Haskins, a first-time starting true sophomore in Justin Fields, and finally a grizzled veteran junior Fields. This year, the Ohio State offense will be led by a true freshman or a redshirt freshman and the standards won’t be any different. Nor will the support. If Jack Miller wins the job, he’ll have the Big Ten’s best assortment of offensive weapons around him. Miller’s ceiling this year has him continuing the streak of All-Big Ten quarterbacks for the Buckeyes and Ryan Day.
If Jack Miller can win the job this year, that will obviously give him a huge leg up in 2022 as well. If Miller can reach his ceiling this year and continue that trajectory in 2022, he is going to put up some ridiculous numbers. A quarterback that gets to start multiple years under Ryan Day is going to be a guy who heads to the NFL with a distinct advantage. None of this is going to be easy, and it shouldn’t be. Being the starting quarterback at Ohio State is arguably the third-most important job in the state. Not just anybody can win it. The good news is that Miller isn’t just anybody.