Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller told Sports Illustrated Thursday evening that he plans to transition from quarterback to wide reciever. Miller said he hasn’t given up on the quarterback position as he will continue to do some drills at the position but he will focus the 2015 season primarly as a wide reciever as well as doing some punt returning. Here’s a quote from the article.
“For the most part, it’s going to be H-Back and punt return,” Miller said in a phone interview on Thursday night. “It’s a long process to get back totally to throwing and throwing every day. This is the smarter thing for right now, God blessed me with a lot of talent and different opportunities. I’m going to have fun with that and still score a lot of touchdowns and help the team out and be dominant at that.”
I love this move for Braxton Miller. His pro prospects weren’t going to be at the quarterback spot. I’m glad he’s making the transition now instead of wasting years of his potential pro career like former Ohio State quarterback and current Browns wide receiver Terrelle Pryor. Miller can spend his senior year learning the receiver position and preparing for his NFL future. Miller will join a talented wide receiver group at Ohio State including Michael Thomas, Corey Smith, Johnnie Dixon and Parris Campbell. If Miller can make the transition, the Ohio State offense is going to be an even more exciting offense to watch.
As for the quarterback position at Ohio State, this clears the way for Cardale Jones vs. JT Barrett for the starting job. I’ve always thought that Jones and Barrett should be the best and only two options for the position. I think Barrett will win the competition but won’t be shocked if Jones wins it or head coach Urban Meyer picks Jones to be the starter given that Jones has the best pro outlook between he and Barrett and Barrett still has two years of eligibilty following this season. Either way, the Buckeyes can’t go wrong at quarterback and will be national championship contenders regardless as it’s shaping up to be another exciting fall in Columbus