With all the buzz going around about a possible Braxton Miller transfer at the end of the season due to outstanding play from his backup, J.T. Barrett (who I presume will be back to full health by next season), I thought it would be fun to address Braxton’s possible transfer destinations.
First off, Braxton has made it known that he does not like to run the ball and has even got into arguments with coach Meyer about it. If Braxton were to transfer, the two-time “Big Ten Player of the Year,” would like to go to a pro-style offense, with a lot of talent, in need of a starting quarterback. Miller thinks showing the ability to run a pro style offense is important in order to raise his draft stock.
I have heard a lot of talk about a team like Oregon being Miller’s transfer destination. However, I can’t see this happening due to their spread style offense that he is trying to avoid. That being said, lets evaluate the pro-style teams that could be interested. When I think pro-style offense, a handful of elite teams come to mind. This list includes Stanford, Michigan State, Florida State, and Alabama. Knowing that Braxton wants more of a talented receiving core and offense in general, I can eliminate Stanford and Michigan State. This leaves us with arguably the two most elite programs in the country in 2014.
Both of these teams are uber-talented and one can only make bold predictions from here on out. Alabama will lose fifth-year senior Blake Sims after this season, and I presume Florida State will lose Winston to the draft as well. If I were Braxton, I would have to appreciate the recent history of FSU quarterbacks (the last three starters have been first round picks, assuming Winston is). I would also look at the fact that Alabama’s quarterbacks during the Nick Saban era have all been coined “game managers.” I think this plays a big role in Braxton’s decision because he is possibly the farthest thing from a game manager, being able to make plays with his legs and his arm.
Taking all this into account, if Braxton Miller were to transfer after the 2014 season, I look for him to transfer to Florida State University.
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