In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated, Miller said that with full health still two months away after the shoulder surgery that cost him last season he will be lining up primarliy at receiver in 2015.
“For the most part, it’s going to be H-Back and punt return,” Miller told SI. “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.”
In making the switch Miller has simplified the hotly-debated quarterback competition at Ohio State. It is now clear that either J.T. Barrett or Cardale Jones will be taking the first snaps for Ohio State against Virginia Tech Sept. 7.
Miller has 36 starts at quarterback for Ohio State and completed 59.3 percent of his passes from 2011-2013, amassing 5,292 yards and tossing 52 touchdowns.
Now Miller will be trying to score touchdowns for the Buckeyes in other ways. Clearly he thinks he can bring something new to Ohio State's already diversified attack.
“It’s going to be electric,” Miller said. “We had a great season last year, but we didn’t see anyone do off-the-wall type stuff. I’m sure guys miss seeing an explosive, 60-yard shake-and-bake run every once in a while.”
Miller did leave the door open for continued play at quarterback, telling SI that he will still spend 20 percent of his time with the quarterbacks in fall camp, but his surgically repaired labrum will keep him from continuing his career there.
For his part, wide receivers coach Zach Smith told SI he is happy to have Miller in his room.
“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.”