In his three seasons at Ohio State Braxton Miller has accounted for a staggering 84 touchdowns – 52 through the air, 32 on the ground. The QB has accumulated 5,292 passing yards and rushed for 3,054. That’s 8,346 total yards. Putting that last number in perspective: It’s almost 5 miles of offense!
Now, as his senior season fast approaches, the man is probably third string.
A hot rumor has Miller transferring to Alabama to call signals for Nick Saban. While it’s all unfounded conjecture at this point, the move would make sense on several fronts.
First and foremost, Ohio State doesn’t need a quarterback and Alabama does. J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones can take care of things very nicely in Columbus, but the Tide has to replace the graduated Blake Sims.
Secondly, Miller himself has already graduated, meaning he could transfer and play immediately at his new school. Russell Wilson, now of the Seattle Seahawks, took advantage of this NCAA rule to go from North Carolina State to Wisconsin four years ago.
The Miller-to-Tuscaloosa scenario could be win-win-win, i.e., something positive for all parties involved. Alabama gets a quarterback who would be a natural fit for an offensive system already in place. Asked to comment on the possibility, Saban denied direct knowledge but offered, “If there was somebody out there that I thought could help our team, we have a spot or two available.” For those unfamiliar with Sabanese, his comment roughly translates to, “We’d take him in a New York minute.” Miller gets far more playing time in a crimson uniform than he would be getting in a scarlet one. And Ohio State moves toward clarity for its muddled quarterback situation. Of course Buckeye coaches would never admit to being relieved by the loss of Miller, but the current uncertainty has to be a source of some consternation.
Will it happen or not? Coforepr would not be surprised either way. It would take guts for Miller to leave a defending national champion that has so many key pieces returning.
But could he pick a better place to go?