FOX19 - Written by: Seth Graham, Jeremy Rauch
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will switch positions to wide receiver this year, according to a report by Sports Illustrated. The idea came to an injured Miller last year when he was concerned he would never play quarterback again. Miller said he would sneak out at night and catch balls from Redshirt Sophomore QB J.T. Barrett.
"For the most part, it's going to be H-Back and punt return," Miller told SI in a phone interview on Thursday night. "It's a long process to 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."
Miller does not plan on totally abandoning the quarterback position. He told SI.com that he plans to spend 80% of training camp at receiver and 20% of the time at quarterback. That leaves the quarterback battle between Barrett and Redshirt Junior Cardale Jones.
Barrett started the first 12 games of 2014 leading the buckeyes to an 11-1 record. He completed 64.7% of his passes, threw for 2,834 yards and 34 touchdowns while also rushing for 928 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Jones took the wheel in the Big Ten championship game and led the team to an eventual national championship under Urban Meyer. In those three games, Jones completed 61.3% of his passes and threw for 742 yards and five touchdowns while rushing for 90 yards and one touchdown.