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Star QB Braxton Miller could transfer, but where?

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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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0 Responses to Star QB Braxton Miller could transfer, but where?

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    Blake Giusti

    December 3, 2014 at 1:51 am

    I think it would be crazy for him not to transfer because Barrett is having a Heisman-like season, but Barrett’s injury could lure Braxton to stay. Crazy to have two crazy talented guys on the same team, at the same position.

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    Caleb Boone

    December 3, 2014 at 2:04 am

    If he transfers, would he have to sit out another year? Or does the medical redshirt count as “sitting out”? And can you imagine if Cardale Jones plays really well the rest of the season? Normally the saying is that if you have 2-3 quarterbacks, you don’t have 1. Well this Ohio State situation could be exception to that rule. Because if you remember, Jones had Barrett beat before the season and was 2nd string before Miller got hurt. So he’s not your normal 3rd string. I’m still not sure Miller would transfer. I think he still believes the job is his, and at worse case scenario, they use 2 quarterbacks and get creative and very dangerous. Even though I normally don’t like it when teams use 2 quarterbacks, I feel that Braxton Miller is a unique athlete and could line up in multiple spots. It will be interesting to see how this whole thing unfolds, but I hope he sticks around to see how they handle it!

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      Blake Giusti

      December 3, 2014 at 2:27 am

      I am 99% sure that he would not have to sit out because he didn’t play a game this year. Miller has stated that he wants to be a QB. He doesn’t like Meyer using him as anything more than a passer, so I don’t think that Miller would be happy lining up in all kinds of different spots. He is more worried about his draft stock, understandably so. Only time will tell what is going to happen here.

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        Ryan Stalder

        December 3, 2014 at 2:52 am

        Braxton would never line up as anything but QB willingly. He believes, rightly so, that he can be a highly drafted quarterback. If he has to transfer to be THE starter, then I don’t think he will have a problem doing so.

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    Berk Gencer

    December 3, 2014 at 4:12 am

    Hasn’t Braxton Miller stated that he is not transferring? Also who does FSU have in the pipeline for QB? I would imagine they have someone they have recruited that they believe can take the reigns and not count on Braxton Miller to transfer there. It’s an interesting thought, but I’d rather see both Barrett and miller on the field together. Braxton should know that after two rotator cuff surgeries no one is going to consider him an NFL quarterback. He’s never had the accuracy, and arm needed in the NFL. If a couple throws in practice can cause a further tear then chances aren’t good from a long term stand point. NFL team docs will be well aware of that.

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      Caleb Boone

      December 3, 2014 at 4:31 am

      I agree, Berk. I never really thought he’d be an NFL quarterback anyways. He the 2 time big 10 player of the year because of his arm, it was because he is a freak athlete who rushes for over 120 yards per game and can throw it with decent accuracy. If he would have gone to the NFL, it would have been for a different position than quarterback, unless he refused to make the change and then he would turn out like Pryor and not play in the NFL. But with his injuries to his shoulder, I think he has 0% chance of being drafted to play QB, so i’m not sure he has much of a choice as to where he gets lined up if he really does want to be on the field. With Barrett being younger, it might be in the teams best interest to let Miller walk, so that they have their future QB get as many reps as possible.

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    Sean Melmer

    December 9, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    If Braxton Miller is set on being an NFL quarterback, then he has to get ok with having a career similar to Terrelle Pryor.

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