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Ohio State's Braxton Miller Tells Sports Illustrated He's Moving From Quarterback To Wide Receiver For 2015 Season

With three accomplished quarterbacks on the roster, something had to give at Ohio State. Sports Illustrated'sPete Thamel reports that the most experienced of the Buckeyes signal callers, senior Braxton Miller, will change positions from quarterback to wide receiver, leaving the position battle between J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.

">@SInow about his position change for the 2015 season. http://t.co/ZA5aMqqLGf

— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) July 24, 2015

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The idea of switching to wide receiver first came to Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller in April, when he discussed it with strength coach Mickey Marotti. In May, he brought up the possibility to coach Urban Meyer and the two began watching film of star wide receivers together. Later that month, Miller began sneaking on the practice field at night to catch balls from quarterback J.T. Barrett. Miller kept the potential switch from quarterback to receiver secret, a fallback plan in case he couldn’t return fully healthy to playing quarterback after two shoulder surgeries, the latter which caused him to miss all of last season.

Miller will not exclusively work out of the wide receiver/H-back role, however. He will still spend some time with the quarterbacks. As Ohio State saw last year, having three QBs on the roster can be extremely valuable, and can even win you a title.

Miller hasn’t completely closed the door on playing quarterback, as he estimates that he’ll spend 80% of the time during training camp at receiver and 20% with the quarterbacks. But Miller said with more than two months until he’ll be completely healthy at quarterback, he’s approaching this season as primarily a wide receiver.

“For the most part, it’s going to be H-Back and punt return,” Miller said in a phone interview on Thursday night. “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.”

Out of the three quarterbacks on the roster, Miller's move makes the most sense. He's one of the most athletic players on the field, and will likely be better at a skill position than Barrett or Jones, both of whom have eligibility after the 2015 season, would. We're excited to see how Meyer uses Miller.

[Sports Illustrated]