NFL media senior analyst Gil Brandt believes Ohio State’s Braxton Miller reminds him of former Notre Dame quarterback Paul Hornung. Miller, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, is projected to have a pro football career playing a position other than quarterback.
Hornung, who won the Heisman Trophy as quarterback for the Irish, was drafted by the Green Bay Packers to play running back.
Despite the switch, he went on to win four NFL titles and the first Super Bowl.
Hornung is the first player in pro football history to win the Heisman Trophy, be selected as the first overall selection in the NFL Draft, win the NFL most valuable player award, and be inducted into both the professional and college football Hall of Fame. He played from 1957 to 1966.
It’s only fair that Miller is compared to the type of athlete Hornung was in the 20th century. He played halfback, quarterback, and placekicker on the field and even suited up on the men’s basketball team at Notre Dame as well.
The similarities are definitely there and most think that Braxton has to stick with the switch he announced on Thursday to be a standout player in the NFL like Hornung once was.
Although his physicality and athleticism has lead him to much success at this position for the Buckeyes in previous years, his shoulder injuries and multiple surgeries would make teams at the next level hesitant to use a high draft pick on him for the QB position.
The switch to h-back, receiver, and punt returner will allow NFL evaluators to base their decisions on Miller’s NFL future after watching him in action live at the different positions during his final season in Columbus, rather than making projections on the college football superstar.
This decision also ensures Miller’s arm health moving forward and give’s the senior a jumpstart on a position he can play at the next level and play very well.
Since Thursday, Ohio State head football coach Urban Meyer has said no final decisions have been made about the switch.
Meyer has to know this move is what’s best for not only Miller’s future, but for his team next season.
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