Data Scout Notes: 2015: 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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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
05/29/15 - Meyer says QB Miller will remain at Ohio State...Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer expects quarterback Braxton Miller will play for the school this fall and has no plans for him to switch positions. "He's playing for Ohio State this fall," Meyer told reporters at a news conference Friday. Miller, who was the Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, missed the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder suffered during preseason camp. Rumors have circulated that Miller would use the graduate transfer option for his final season of eligibility. He graduated this spring from Ohio State. Behind third-string quarterback Cardale Jones, the Buckeyes defeated Oregon 42-20 to win the first College Football Playoff in January. Jones is preparing for a highly anticipated battle with J.T. Barrett and Miller for the starting quarterback job in the fall.
After Miller sustained the torn labrum, Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 10-1 record before fracturing his ankle in the Buckeyes' regular-season finale against Michigan last year. Jones then took over and went 3-0 as a starter, winning the Big Ten Championship Game and the CFP semifinal and title game. Barrett and Miller, still recovering from injuries, were on hand April 18 when the Buckeyes set a college football record for spring-game attendance when 99,391 turned out to watch the Scarlet beat the Gray 17-14 in Ohio Stadium. Jones finished 19 of 42 for 304 yards and two touchdowns. Meyer said Friday that Miller has been working hard on his rehab and has progressed to throwing up to 35 yards this summer. "He's in the best shape he's ever been in his life," Meyer said. "He's working his tail off." Some believe Miller's NFL future is at receiver or running back. "The objective is to get him healthy," Meyer said, "and be an Ohio State quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
05/18/15 - Ohio State AD Gene Smith: Braxton Miller told me he's staying...Braxton Miller still hasn't made any public comment on his future with Ohio State, letting the rumor mill concerning a possible trandferchurn. But his athletic director told ElevenWarriors.com last Thursday that in private, Miller has pledged to remain in Columbus for his senior season. "He's not going anywhere," Gene Smith said. "Where's the rumors? He's never said [he would leave]." That someone as close to the situation as Smith would go on record with this much confidence that his former Heisman candidate quarterback didn't want a transfer -- he repeated himself that Miller is "not going anywhere" -- might be the most positive sign for Buckeyes fans yet.
At the same time, though, there is one minor catch: Smith said the conversation when Miller assured him he would remain in Columbus happened (in Smith's words) "well before spring ball." "He's working out in the weight room and we got into a conversation and I just asked him, I said, 'You good? All these rumors out there, you good? You need some help if you want to transfer?'" Smith said. "He said, 'Mr. Smith, I'm not going anywhere. I love it here.'" Smith wrapped up the interview by arguing a transfer "would have happened" already if that was what Miller wanted, and he has a point -- with spring practice now a month in the rearview mirror and August already on the distant horizon, time is unquestionably running short. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com
05/06/15 - Urban Meyer: Braxton Miller is 'excited for 2015 as a Buckeye'...Ohio State coach Urban Meyer will be asked about Braxton Miller's status with the team in most every bit of media availability between now and the beginning of fall camp. It has to be frustrating for Meyer, but it comes with the territory of being the defending national champions and carrying three successful college quarterbacks on a roster that is expected to contend again in 2015. By now we know the company line on Miller. The potential of immediate eligibility in 2015 makes him a "plug and play" option for any school looking for answers at the quarterback position. But Miller, working his way back to full health this spring, insists that he wants to finish his career as a Buckeye and compete for the starting job against J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
Alabama and Florida State have been frequently mentioned landing spots for Miller, but so far there are more rumors than reports, with even Miller's visits to Birmingham for shoulder surgery and rehab becoming a talking point. On Monday, Meyer told Dan Patrick that he doesn't listen to the "hearsay," and said all indications point to Miller playing for the Buckeyes in the fall. "That surfaced in January and I asked him and he said 'absolutely not' and obviously young people, anyone is allowed to change their mind," Meyer said. "I have not heard it, I did not ask him, one of our strength coaches did and he said I don't know where that's coming from. So I would say Braxton is staying is all indications that I'm getting. And all I can go by is -- I don't go by hearsay, I just talk to the people involved and he seems to be extremely happy and excited for 2015 as a Buckeye." - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
04/23/15 - Rumors can be like avalanches at times, in that, no matter what stands in the way, that snow is going to keep making its way down the mountain and level anything in its path until it just dies out. And the rumors about Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller possibly transferring to Alabama after he graduates this spring have reached avalanche status this week. It started earlier this week when radio host Paul Finebaum said on his show that a source told him there was "a chance" that Miller would transfer to Alabama. Of course, there's also a chance that Braxton Miller could transfer to any other school in the country as well. There's also a chance that he'll just stay at Ohio State. Chances are not in short supply. Still, once the rumor got rolling, it kept rolling, with Nick Saban having to respond to it himself. Saban said he hadn't heard of any rumors, but that if "the right person" came around, Alabama would have room for them. - Tom Fornelli, CBSSports.com