COLUMBUS, Ohio – Braxton Miller will not be the starting quarterback for the Ohio State Buckeyes this season, or at least that is what he is telling Sports Illustrated.
Miller knew a few months back he needed a backup plan if his shoulder didn’t fully heal from two shoulder surgeries, the second one causing him to miss all of the 2014 season and the Buckeyes National Championship win.
On Thursday night, Miller told Sports Illustrated he plans to start the season as an H-Back—a hybrid receiver position.
He says he hasn’t fully ruled out the quarterback position, but he will only spend 20% of training camp with the quarterbacks.
“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 coaching staff is backing Miller’s decision as well.
“Braxton Miller can play wide receiver as long as he wants to play it,” says Ohio State receivers coach Zach Smith. “His speed, strength, talent, commitment and, really, lifestyle will allow him to be like Joey Galloway. It’s going to be a matter of how quickly he grows into the position, but the sky is the limit for him.”
Miller said he was thinking about this position switch for months, but coach Urban Meyer wanted to keep it quiet to see how his injuries progressed.
“I want to be the best at what I do,” Miller said. “Don’t look back. Keep looking forward. I appreciate everyone who supported me and was there for me form when I had surgery until now. I’m ready to put on that Scarlet and Grey and make some highlights.”