Braxton Miller to Oregon?

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Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer has insisted all year that Braxton Miller will be the Buckeyes’ starting quarterback in 2015, but that hasn’t stopped the rumors from bubbling. Miller, a senior, has spent the entire 2014 season recovering from a shoulder injury he suffered just 12 days before OSU’s opening game. Due to the incredible success of Miller’s replacement — redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett — many have speculated Miller could transfer and spend his final season of NCAA eligibility away from Columbus. Maybe somewhere far away, such as… Eugene?

This week, Mike Huguenin of NFL.com shared his list of 10 potential landing spots for Miller, if he were to leave Ohio State. His list consists mainly of programs that will likely lose their own senior or redshirt junior QBs after this season, such as Oregon, UCLA and Auburn. Since Miller would be playing as a graduate student, he wouldn’t need to sit out a year before earning playing time.

Huguenin writes of Oregon:

Marcus Mariota could return for his senior season. But if he doesn’t, having Miller as a ready-made replacement likely would make coach Mark Helfrich and offensive coordinator Scott Frost giddy. Mariota is more advanced as a passer than Miller, but Miller is a more physical runner, and adding him to the stable of backs already on Oregon’s campus — wow.”

Mariota has tortured opposing defenses for three years by making them account for a mobile quarterback. Miller, who is skilled at improvisation and executing designed runs, would presumably prevent Oregon from missing a beat in that regard. In 2013, Miller accumulated 1,068 rushing yards (No. 8 in the entire conference) and was named B1G offensive player of the year. Keep in mind the leading rusher in the B1G, Carlos Hyde, was on Miller’s team!

Barrett has been responsible for 38 touchdowns so far this year — which means he is tied with Mariota for the most in the FBS. Although there has been speculation about the possibility of a two-quarterback system at Ohio State next year, it’s difficult to envision Barrett and Miller sharing a starting role.

Imagine the productivity that could come from Miller and an Oregon team with Thomas Tyner and Royce Freeman in that offensive backfield! Of course this is all speculation — but it’s certainly fun speculation. Cue the flood of rumors.

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Natalie Liebhaber

Natalie Liebhaber

Natalie (Editor) studied journalism at both Butler University and Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis (IUPUI), but her sports allegiance lies with Ohio State and Oregon. She works as a freelance project manager, writer and editor outside her regular day job in the financial services industry. Prior to joining FishDuck.com, Natalie served as managing editor for an open-wheel racing news website. Natalie and her husband John reside in Bozeman, MT with their hound dog, Lou, who also loves ducks.

  • LADuck

    yes and watch the flood of Duck de-commits at the QB position. MM is the qb of the future. His time has come.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Well yeah but I don’t think that would bode well for the QB’s already here as in Mahalak, Waller coming in and 4 star Green from Minnesota and currently this is a rumor of coarse but the Ducks are supposed to be getting another visit from 5 star Murry as in Kyler and that kid would be special in this offense. The Ducks will be loaded again next year so with all these weapons for whoever comes in the Duck’s should still be the odd’s on favorite’s to win the North again. Miller don’t get me wrong with his running abilities would be a massacre for Defenses in the PAC but he’s already shown a history of injury’s and the more you run your QB the more you risk him to injury but hey maybe he stays healthy and gets 1200 yards rushing and a little over 3000 Passing then the Duck’s would be right back in the Playoff’s probably. Goosebumps either way thinking about the future of this team, ESPECIALLY if they win it all and Marcus wins the 1st Heisman in the history at Oregon because the recruiting will be off the charts as in it already is. Go Duck’s WTN this time!

  • I believe that Miller would be a great addition to the team and I doubt any of the existing QBs would leave. They would understand that Miller would only be here for a year and they would still have their place in the sun. The rub is that Frost is emphasizing the pass much more and I’m not sure that Miller would be the best fit for the new scheme, but having him here would give our younger QBs a chance to mature and learn our complex system.

    • fairweatherfowl

      Who would teach Miller “our complex system?” Who would teach him how to pass the ball (less than 60% completion rate for his career?)

      Would Taj Griffin de-commit because his brother, Ty, had another quarterback cut the line and move to the front? Would Travis Waller see this type of action as a possible threat to his future as a Duck and de-commit for another program?

      These young men believe they will get a fair chance to compete, but this would be a thumb in their eye. I suppose Miller could play on the scout team to emulate quarterbacks that run first.

      All in all, it seems like a really stupid way to use a scholarship. Miller isn’t going to play as a walk-on. He can always join a team with NO pantry full of quarterbacks. In fact, it seems like a pointless waste of recruiting time when so many other positions need depth. Five (5) quarterbacks might be enough for Oregon’s 2015 season.