IOWA CITY, Ia. — It came as no shock to Kirk Ferentz.
“I figured I’d get asked that question,” the Iowa football coach said at his weekly press conference Tuesday.
Ferentz was asked how current Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller compared to former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who now starts at that position for the Oakland Raiders.
“They’re both really good,” Ferentz said. “I’m not good at comparisons. Pryor is playing in the NFL. That tells you the caliber of football player he was for them when he played there. He’s the last guy we saw.”
Iowa travels to No. 4 Ohio State Saturday, the first game in the series since 2010 at Kinnick Stadium. Facing a fourth-and-10 at the 50-yard-line late in that game, Pryor scrambled for 14 yards to keep a drive alive in the final minutes. Five plays later, Dan Herron’s 1-yard run with 1 minute, 47 seconds to play gave the eighth-ranked Buckeyes a 20-17 victory over No. 20 Iowa.
This will be Iowa’s first look at Miller, a junior who is averaging 58.2 yards rushing and 152.2 yards passing this season.
“Now you find a guy that’s a little different style in terms of size, all that type of thing,” Ferentz said. “But he’s fast. He can throw the ball. He can get it down the field, far down the field, it gets there fast and he’s pretty accurate. They just put a lot of pressure on you from a defensive standpoint.”
Miller will challenge Iowa’s senior linebacking trio of Anthony Hitchens, James Morris and Christian Kirksey.
“He’s a good athlete, and he can make you miss,” Hitchens said. “It will definitely be a huge challenge. We haven’t faced a quarterback like that since I’ve been here. He’s going to make his plays.”
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