The Ohio State Buckeyes made a massive move by changing Braxton Miller from a quarterback to a wide receiver for his final season. They are trying to do their best to utilize his speed and ability to make plays in the open field.
Miller has been making the transition fairly smoothly so far, and Urban Meyer is planning to put the football in his hands at least 15 times a game.
Meyer's goal will be to get Miller 15+ touches a game — from some combo of passes, handoffs, pitches, direct snaps
— Ross Fulton (@RossRFulton) August 14, 2015
Miller needs to be one of the key pieces for the Buckeyes’ offense if they want to win back-to-back titles. He is going to be one of the most deadly playmakers on-the-field for the Buckeyes each and every down, and his skill-set allows him to impact the game in so many different ways.
Even as a quarterback during the 2013 season, Miller showed off the ability to impact the game with his arm or legs. He threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns, while also racking up 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. Those numbers alone show that he is more than capable of being more than just a quarterback.
It is going to be very interesting to watch how he plays as a wide receiver. He is going to be just fine making some passes in trick plays and running the football like a running back, but the wide receiver position is difficult even for players that have worked at the position their entire life. Miller is being asked to make the change in one single offseason.
While it doesn’t seem like an easy task, he is more than up to the challenge. Ohio State’s coaching staff is one of the best in the nation, and they know how to develop talent and put pieces together to win a championship like they showed last season.
Expect to see Miller be a major piece of their offense each week of the season, and to see his production rise throughout the year as he gets more used to his new role.
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