Longtime Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller shifted to receiver during his final year with the Buckeyes and while it was a definite adjustment for him, touching the ball just 68 times compared to every snap, Miller himself told Patrick Woo of the Senior Bowl that he felt he was “underutilized” in the offense in 2015.
— Patrick Woo (@P_Woo) January 15, 2016
It’s easy to see where Miller is coming from. As a situational receiver, he wasn’t going to be a top target, at least compared to teammates Michael Thomas and Jalin Marshall. On top of that, the talent pool that Ohio State had on offense was pretty crowded to begin with and Miller was pretty much placed there because there was too much talent at quarterback between himself, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. On the year, he averaged six yards a carry and 13.1 yards per catch, ultimately finishing with 261 rush yards and a rushing touchdown along with 25 catches for 340 yards and three touchdowns.
But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Miller has no hard feelings about how his final college season turned out, even going so far as to write a sweet letter to fans. At this point, regardless of how his final season with Ohio State went, he’s ready to concentrate on the Senior Bowl and then taking the next step of his football career.
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