Could Former Ohio State QB Braxton Miller be Headed to Texas?
Saturday night, rumors began floating around that the Texas Longhorns were on the verge of possibly landing a big time quarterback transfer. When the news broke the names and speculation begin soaring in the Longhorn community of who the big time transfer could possibly be.
The moment I heard the possibility of Texas landing a big time quarterback transfer the name I instantly thought of was former Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller. Miller entered the 2014 season a preseason Heisman hopeful, but never took a single snap in the regular season because of an injury in preseason camp.
The news was devastating for Miller and Ohio State because of the fact he was entering his senior season and had led Ohio State to a 12-2 record in 2013. The Buckeyes’ season appeared to be ruined before it even started, but of course that has been far from the truth.
The Buckeyes, now playing their third string quarterback, will play Oregon for the 2014 national championship of college football on January 12. Miller would have been a great value to Ohio State this season, but now that rumors of Texas possibly landing a big time transfer are out a big change could be in store for Miller.
Miller in 2013 was 162 for 255 in the passing game, accounting for 2,094 yards. His biggest strength is his running ability and that was in full force his last year of playing in 2013. Miller in 2013 rushed for 1,283 yards on 171 attempts. He has elite speed and vision for a quarterback and that would be a welcomed addition for the Longhorns.
Texas has had issues at the quarterback position ever since they lost Colt McCoy to graduation following the 2009 season. McCoy led Texas to the 2009 national title game and was a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2008 and 2009.
The Longhorns haven’t had a stable quarterback at any point since that 2009 season. They have missed on big time recruits at the quarterback position, the most notably being Garrett Gilbert. Texas appears to be an elite quarterback away from returning to national relevance and if they land Miller that would be the missing piece needed to restore their program.
Miller sees the writing on the wall now that Cardale Jones has led Ohio State to the 2014 national title game and likely has secured the starting quarterback position for the Buckeyes in 2015. Miller not only has to compete with Jones, but also J.T. Barrett who also was a Heisman Trophy finalist this season before getting injured in Ohio State’s last game of the regular season against Michigan.
So, if the rumors are true and Texas is truly about to land a big name transfer at the quarterback position, do not be surprised if it turns out being Braxton Miller. I have heard these rumors in the previous months that Miller could be headed to Texas, but now the steam really seems to be picking up for this to take place.
It still is far from certain, but is a possibility we have to keep an eye on. Miller to Texas would be a homerun for both Miller and Texas. I think the match of Miller and Head Coach Charlie Strong of Texas would be a great tandem. The Longhorn Nation has their eyes of Texas on this news and will be hoping that it is Miller time in Austin, Texas very soon.