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Miami Football: Ranking 10 Best 'Canes in BCS Era

Year after year, talented athletes don the orange and green of the Miami Hurricanes. Some players stand above the rest and only one can be the best.

In 2013, the BCS breathed its last breath, ending a stretch of college football that contained a Miami team ESPN called the best in the era.

While the program has long been considered one of the premier NFL-producing schools, these players are measured strictly on collegiate performance during the BCS' relevance.

That last part is important: The BCS existed from 1998-2013, so players will only be judged for contributions throughout the 16-year period.

 

Notes: All stats courtesy of hurricanesports.com. Any marked years signify a given player the BCS-eligible seasons spent at Miami, but complete career stats will be provided.

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How Braxton Miller's Offseason Training Will Impact Ohio State in 2014

The Ohio State football team is still a few weeks from reporting for fall camp, but Braxton Miller isn't waiting that long to get ready for the 2014 season.

Coming off a shoulder surgery that cost him all of spring practice, Miller has been working hard this offseason to improve for his final year as the Buckeyes' quarterback. 

That's good news for Ohio State.

Getting healthy was a top priority. According to Cameron Moon of The Plain Dealer, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer says Miller is "not 100 percent, but he's close."

Due to offseason NCAA restrictions, Meyer and the Ohio State coaching staff can't evaluate summer workouts. Despite the direction of his coaches, Miller has made great progress.

Ohio State is expected to be one of the handful of teams to make a run at major college football's first-ever playoff—an array of media publications project the Buckeyes as a top-six preseason team—but Meyer will need his quarterback at his very best for that to happen. Ohio State must replace four multiyear senior starters along its offensive line, its top rusher (Carlos Hyde) and top receiver (Corey Brown).

That puts a lot of pressure on Miller, but the dual-threat signal-caller spurned last year's NFL draft to prove he can handle it.

“I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in January, according to an official release from the school. “Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game."

Accomplishing that takes diligence—a trait that Miller has proven to posses throughout his collegiate career. For the second consecutive offseason, he has enlisted the help of quarterback guru George Whitfield, Jr., to improve his passing game.

That kind of offseason dedication has paid off for Miller so far. In each of his three seasons, he has shown dramatic improvement in the passing game.

Those improvements aren't lost on Meyer, who's expecting big things from Miller this season.

"If he makes the same strides he made year one to year two, year two to year three and this year, year four, he could have a great year," Meyer said, according to Moon's Plain Dealer feature.

Aside from working with notable quarterback coaches, Miller is putting in extra work with his teammates. Last week—on a Friday night in the middle of the summer—Miller was in Ohio State's practice facility running drills with receiver Jalin Marshall.

Working that hard and building that kind of chemistry during the offseason pays dividends on fall Saturdays. 

 

David Regimbal is the Ohio State Football Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. 
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.

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