In a move that didn’t surprise very many people, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will be beginning the season at a position other than quarterback. Miller missed the entire 2014 season with a shoulder injury allowing JT Barrett and Cardale Jones to step up and compete for the position.
The news broke in an interview Thursday night with Sports Illustrated. Miller had an interview with SI’s Pete Thamel and in that he revealed that he will be going into the season primarily as an H-back, a hybrid wide receiver.
“For the most part, it’s going to be H-Back and punt return,” Miller said. “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.”
This move comes after Barrett and Jones have been touted as the two frontrunners for the starting job with the defending national champions. Miller will be able to step in as a receiving back and be able to compliment the running style of Heisman candidate Ezekiel Elliot.
Speaking of the Heisman, where does that put Miller in the race for the trophy? He may have just thrown his name in the hat for dark horse in the Heisman running. This is going to be a very interesting development over the next few weeks.
As well as the Heisman, this now gives NFL teams a different look at Miller. Many had believed that Miller would not be playing quarterback in the NFL upon his arrival, but him continuing to play quarterback in college may have scared some scouts off. If he succeeds at the wide receiver position, Miller could have just put himself into discussion of being a first round draft pick.
Stay with Campus Sports for more information on the switch and what this means for Ohio State.
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