The history of NCAA Football is full of big names that ended up switching positions in their time, and getting paid for their bold decisions. The likes of Dennis Franklin (Wolverines), Michael Robinson (Penn State) and Julian Edelman (Kent State) are examples people who took such a leap and got rewarded because of it. In the footsteps of such players, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller recently made the decision of moving from quarterback to wide receiver, sparking heated debates all over the internet among college football lines fans.
Let’s Review Braxton Miller’s NCAA Football Odds Move from QB to WR Decision
— BRAXTON MILLER (@BraxtonMiller5) July 9, 2015
Speaking recently, Miller said, for his final year of eligibility as a college football player, he plans to spend about 80 percent of his time with the receivers and the rest with quarterbacks. The announcement seems to have caught many by surprise after what seemed like a drastic change of mind, as a few weeks ago, Miller had reportedly said he’d remain steadfast at quarterback and compete for a starting role.
What this means to Ohio State
In 2014, the competition for the quarterback position at Ohio State involved Miller, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones. The seasons started with Miller as the designated starter, but he suffered a season-ending injury, forcing Barrett to take over. And as a replacement, Barrett proved to be efficient, leading the Buckeyes to an 11-1 record, before suffering a season-ending injury as well. That prompted the Bucks to rely on third-stringer Jones, who was equally good, charging the Buckeyes to the Big Ten title and two stunning postseason wins that culminated with a win in the National Championship game.
With Miller’s shift of position, this means that the current quarterback competition will be mainly between the Barrett and Jones. This will particularly good for Jones and Barrett, who will get an opportunity to hone their skills, while Miller (who also operated as a running back earlier in his career) continues to make himself an all-rounded.
Braxton Miller Potential
Right from high school, Miller has been a winner, picking several individual accolades and titles along the way, including a two-time freshman of the week in 2011, Big Ten Player of the Year, Chicago Tribune Silver Football Award (2012, 2013), Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year (2012, 2013) and Griese–Brees Quarterback of the Year (2012, 2013), to mention but a few. In 2011, he finished the season with 11 passing and seven rushing touchdowns to go with 1,692 total yards. By 2013 his stats had accumulated to 52 passing touchdowns and 32 running touchdowns, after playing 36 games.
Wise Decision by Miller?
Considering the QB competition, Miller decision could prove costly to his stock as a QB in the NFL draft, but as far as the 2015 season is concerned, it looks wise enough, as it will guarantee him playing time. Also, being a versatile player who can run, receive and pass the ball is something that some teams would gladly welcome if he transitions well into the NFL. Plus, given his lingering shoulder problems, he would have probably been limited in making sufficient plays as a QB, so the receiving job (for now) will give him time to get to 100 percent recovery.
Lastly, the switch offers him longevity in football, as he could play several positions deep into his career once his shoulder fully recovers. His speed and ability to make instant brakes should be a plus as he transitions to the wide receiving position. The fact that he has been training for some time now should also ensure that he is in good shape for the new season. And above everything, this will be a very big win for coach Urban Meyer, who now has a reduced headache of choosing between two QBs rather than three.