Rebel Run Sports, JM/ SEP.2015
We all witnessed the spectacular performance put on by Braxton Miller during the Buckeyes’ season opener against the Hokies this week. But the backstory is the stuff of legend.
Last year, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller was one of the preseason favorites to win the Heisman Trophy. When a recurring shoulder injury and subsequent surgery ended his season, Ohio State moved forward with QB J.T. Barrett, who carried them to a one-loss regular season before suffering his own injury.
This opened the door to Cardale Jones, who took the reins through the inaugural College Football Playoffs and a national-championship win. For Ohio State, that off-season would be one of great uncertainty, as rumors of transfers by the 3 talented QB’s circulated; rumors that would ultimately prove false. In a surprising move, Miller boldly decided to switch positions to WR on a roster full of 5-star recruits (at all positions). His tireless work to get in shape for the position even prompted head coach Urban Meyer to rest him in the weeks leading up to the Tech game.
As fate would have it, preseason injuries for the Buckeyes at the WR position would thrust Miller into the starting lineup, and the rest, as they say, is history. Miller would finish the game with 2 receptions for 78 yards and a TD, along with 6 carries for 62 yards and a touchdown … but not just any TD. In the 3rd quarter, Miller moved the ball around the left tackle, broke free, hit the “O” button on the PlayStation remote for a spin-move that almost broke the Internet! The result … a 53-yard touchdown, complete with full LeBron-James-like celebration. Miller looked like “the star” on a team full of them; a great lesson in perseverance for anyone. Injuries are a part of football, and sports in general. Often times, a player’s injury leads to another’s ascension. While Miller’s injury revealed two other sideline QB’s who may be better at the position, it may have also revealed that, at another position, Braxton Miller is the best player on the team.