What looked like the closest position battle in college football just seemingly became easier. Braxton Miller told Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel that he will be switching to wide receiver. When Miller approached head coach Urban Meyer with the idea of a switch, they began to break down film and sneaking onto the practice field with J.T. Barrett all the while keeping the process a secret.
Miller told SI Thursday that he will be playing H-back, a hybrid receiver position, for Ohio State. He says he hasn’t given up on quarterback, as he will still be spending some time at quarterback during camp.
“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.”
The two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year will be lining up at receiver this year rather than quarterback and that may be a very positive situation. With Braxton at receiver and possibly two quarterbacks on the field may be the biggest offensive weapon in all of football. A minimum of two quarterbacks will take the field in the fall and if all three line up in a formation that would send goosebumps down any opposites neck.
The possibility of playing quarterback was seemingly getting further away as he is still recovering from a labrum tear and still isn’t 100%. Labrum injuries take a minimum of 12-months for recovery and even more for most cases to get to full health.
This isn’t the first time we have seen a move like this. Michigan’s Denard Robinson made a similar switch in the middle of his senior season after an injury. Miller may be making the right choice when it comes to his NFL career as well. After missing all of last season, this will give him a chance to be on the field, regardless of how far along he is in his recovery processes.
This move may give Ohio State an unneeded push towards another National Championship.
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