Data Scout Notes: 2015: (+) Coming off 11-07-15 Neck INJ...PWCamp/PMaxwell...Switching from QB to WR/H-back...2014: (+) 08-18-14 Shoulder INJ, Out for 2014/DS #3 Sr QB, #8 Draft Eligible-#113/1000 Overall, Projected Rounds 3-4..PWCamp/PMaxwell/POBrien/PUnitas/PPTW/DS#3PSTeamProspect-DBrugler...(+) Coming off Spring 2014 Throwing Shoulder Surgery...2013: OPOYC/QBOYC/1stC/1stM...Coming off 09-07-13 Knee INJ...PWCamp/POBrien/PMaxwell/DS#4PSTeamProspect-DBrugler/TSX-PMVP&PTW/PManning...2012: QBOYC/2ndC/1stM/ManningFinalist/O'BrienFinalist...POBrien/Pmaxwell
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09/13/15 - Braxton Miller was unusually quiet, save for one big block using his right shoulder that's been surgically repaired twice. It wasn't a flashy touchdown like the two he had in No. 1 Ohio State's first game, but the play against Hawaii helped build confidence for the former quarterback who's faced several different tests of the shoulder early this season. Miller led with his right shoulder for a key block on Saturday to spring punt returner Jalin Marshall for a 32-yard return. The play was defining for Miller as he recovers while playing a new position in part because of a logjam at quarterback for the top-ranked national champions. Former NFL and Ohio State receiver Cris Carter noticed, sending Miller a tweet: "Nice block." "Appreciate it brother," Miller replied after the 38-0 win. "Had to protect him lol."
Miller tells everyone the shoulder doesn't hinder him. He first hurt it during the 2014 Orange Bowl against Clemson, then sat out last season when he reinjured it 13 months ago on a non-contact play. After a splashy first game against Virginia Tech with a 54-yard touchdown catch and 53-yard touchdown run, Miller was limited to 46 yards on six carries and a 6-yard catch against Hawaii. The block came because he volunteered to be part of the punt return unit. "Whatever I do on the field, I just want to be the best at it," said Miller, fourth in Ohio State passing history with 52 touchdowns and the Big Ten's most valuable player in 2012 and 2013. - AP Sports
09/09/15 - Braxton Miller has clearly found a new home at wide receiver, and No. 1 Ohio State has found another dangerous weapon. Not what the rest of the college football world wanted to hear. Miller scored two touchdowns - one on a 54-yard catch-and-run where he had to tip-toe down the sideline, the other on an electrifying 53-yard run - and the star-studded Buckeyes began their title defense with a 42-24 victory over Virginia Tech on Monday night. "I really would have preferred that third quarterback be over competing for a quarterback job rather than out there as an athlete," Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer said as the Hokies fell to 0-9 against teams ranked No. 1. "I thought he was pretty special."
Miller made a diving 24-yard reception for his first catch since moving to wide receiver, and he only got better as the night wore on. His touchdowns came after the Hokies had taken a 17-14 lead into halftime, the long run including a spin move that left defenders falling down. Wide receiver Michael Thomas watched it happen, and said he thought: "There he goes. That's Braxton." Miller said he set the defenders up for the spin move, which allowed him to run free to the end zone. "I definitely did. I set them up," he said. "I acted like I was looking straight but I seen them out of the corner of my eye." - AP Sports
09/09/15 - Week 1 Stock Report - Who helped themselves? Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State, RSr. (6-1, 215)...Not many players can say a season-ending injury was the best thing that happened to their careers, but that might be the case with Miller. The quarterback missed all of the 2014 season with an injury to his throwing shoulder and decided to transition to wide receiver for his final season in Columbus. Miller entered Monday night's season opener at Virginia Tech with zero career catches, but you wouldn't have known that watching him against the Hokies. His first reception was a diving grab that showed off tremendous body control and concentration, looking the ball into his hands mid-air and finishing.
His most impressive play came late in the third quarter when Miller took a direct snap, stretched the run to the outside and showed off a video game spin move to weave through the defense and race 53 yards to the end zone. He finished with six runs for 62 yards and a score and two catches for 78 yards and a touchdown. As long as he stays healthy, Miller will be a top-100 pick next April as a versatile playmaker and teams will have some interesting debates on how high they should draft him. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/09/15 - Sept 8 Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week: Braxton Miller, Ohio State, Sr., HB, Huber Heights, Ohio/Wayne...Registered 140 all-purpose yards and two touchdowns to guide Ohio State to a road victory over Virginia Tech...Both touchdowns covered more than 50 yards, with a 54-yard reception and 53-yard run in the third quarter to turn a 17-13 deficit into a 27-17 lead...Finished the contest with two catches for 78 yards and six carries for 62 yards...Records the fourth Offensive Player of the Week award of his career and first since Oct. 28, 2013...Last Ohio State Offensive Player of the Week: J.T. Barrett (Nov. 10, 2014). - Big Ten Football
08/17/15 - As Braxton Miler makes the switch from quarterback to receiver for Ohio State, he is feeling it in his legs. The two-time Big Ten player of the year at quarterback said he's been monitored running four miles during a practice. "Oh my God," he said Sunday during Ohio State media day. "I can barely run a mile playing quarterback." Coach Urban Meyer said Miller will have to adjust to the wear and tear on his ankles and knees from not just running but making quick starts, stops and cuts. "As a receiver you line up and you run for two hours," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "As a quarterback you don't run. You run for maybe four or five minutes at practice and you're doing other things."
Miller underwent a second surgery on his throwing shoulder nearly a year ago and redshirted the 2014 season when the Buckeyes won the national championship. His decision to switch positions narrowed Ohio State's quarterback competition to two: J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, who helped Ohio State win its final three games after Barrett broke his ankle in the season-finale against Michigan. Miller said his torn labrum is still not 100 percent and his shoulder just can't stand up to the rigors of playing quarterback. But Miller was one of the best running quarterbacks in college football and his speed and elusiveness should make him a good fit at H-back. - AP Sports