Miles Shuler in new role

Miles Shuler spoke about his role of imitating OSU quarterback Braxton Miller.

This was a different kind of transfer.

It led to a fumble.

Miles Shuler spent the past two weeks growing acclimated to Northwestern campus. The former Rutgers player built relationships with the receiving corps and began practicing on Tuesday.

But imitating Braxton Miller? Few people can do that: Shuler took the snap from behind center, attempted to hand the ball off to a receiver in motion, and then watched it hit the turf.

It's been an unconventional adjustment for the former four-star wide receiver. On Aug. 23, Shuler announced his plans to transfer from Rutgers, where he struggled to find success in Kyle Flood's pro-style offense.

Before committing to Rutgers, Shuler had placed NU in his final four schools (along with Notre Dame and Stanford). Upon transferring, he hoped the Wildcats would give him another chance—and they quickly did.

"I knew I was going to come here as soon as I found out they were interested," Shuler said. "I felt like this was a great fit."

It is, without question. Shuler will join the NU receiving corps for the 2014 season, with offensive coordinator Mick McCall able to use him as another weapon.

"I was really excited about the offense," Shuler said. "I think I fit in pretty well."

For now, he's pseudo-Braxton. A former high school quarterback, Shuler can try to give the first-team defense an accurate look at OSU's Heisman candidate. The Wildcats will need to slow the dual-threat quarterback in order to pull off the upset; Shuler's role in preparing the team is not to be taken lightly.

He's comfortable now. He's in the right place despite an unfamiliar role.

"I was watching them when I was at Rutgers," Shuler said. "They're a top-25 team every year. I was excited for them: they made strides."

A bigger one could arrive on Saturday, with his help behind the scenes.


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