Braxton Miller the Answer?


With Marcus Mariota leaving, the question now presented to us is who will be the next QB for the Oregon Ducks. While it’s true Oregon has some intriguing options in-house, Jeff Lockie and Morgan Mahalak in particular, the one guy who could be at the same stature of Mariota was on the opposite sideline during the CFP National Championship Game. This man of course is Braxton Miller, the one-time Heisman contender who lost his job to J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones after being injured. With his future at Ohio State in question, and a transfer to another university likely, why not Oregon?

Could Autzen Stadium Be Braxton Millers New Home?

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Could Autzen Stadium be Braxton Miller’s new home?

While everyone keeps talking about Miller transferring to either Florida State or LSU, the fact is Oregon would be a better fit than either of them. Miller has never played in a “Pro Style Offense” such as FSU or LSU and would be a much more natural fit in Eugene running the Spread. On top of the natural fit, imagine an offense boasting Miller, Royce Freeman and Byron Marshall all on the field at the same time. It just makes perfect sense for Oregon.

From Miller’s point of view, why go somewhere to learn a whole new offense or stay at OSU where he’ll have to fight two very good QBs for his job when he can come to Oregon and essentially take the job, running a very similar offense. At Oregon he would have the opportunity not only to win a championship, but potentially win a Heisman trophy and, perhaps more importantly, become a top NFL draft pick.

While it may not happen, it could be a perfect match for both Miller and the Oregon Ducks, creating a team that would have the potential to be better than the one that just played in the championship game.

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Noah Smith

Noah Smith

Noah is an undergraduate student from just outside of New Orleans, Louisiana. Noah is currently pursuing a communications degree with the goal of becoming a sports journalist. Noah is a die hard Duck fan, mainly because of his obsession with football's X's and O's. In his free time he enjoys watching both pro and college football games,playing and listening to music, and drawing up his own playbooks.

  • The Guest

    Hard to see your point here.

    Thanks though I guess

  • worldwidewebfoot

    Is this purely hypothetical, or is the UO Athletic Dept actually talking to Miller? How many years of eligibility does he have left? Is he fully recovered from his injury? Won’t he have to sit out a year if he transfers? Is he a choirboy, that is, will he be a behavior problem off the field? If all the answers are favorable, then I am open to innovative suggestions such as this.

    • dogucks

      I think this is purely hypothetical…don’t see it happening either. The battle of QBs will probably be between Morgan M or Ty Griffin

    • Buckeye for life

      He has one year of eligibility remaining. He is not fully recovered and may never be. No he will not have to sit out a year because he has graduated. He has never been anything but classy while at OSU, I see no reason this would change.

      • Noah James Smith

        Purely hypothetical. He wouldn’t have to sit out because of a technicality where you can transfer to a different university after graduating and not sit out if they offer a graduate degree that his current university doesn’t (if I remember the legalise correctly). Seems to be a classy man, as said above.

  • miles

    The one thing no one knows yet is whether he can still throw the football. Until he can then all teams should stay away. If he cannot throw the football his best bet is to stay a buckeye at another position.

  • Evan Rogers

    Dear author: Miller didn’t “lose his job” because of an injury.

    He “isn’t playing” because of an injury.

    No one has declared that, if Miller returns to OSU, he will NOT be the starter.

    No one with the authority to make that decision has said this.

    I know journalism is hard, but being honest makes people want to read you more over the long-term, whereas idiotic statements like what you wrote are what make people like me stop reading your article and ignore your news-outlet forever.

    • Tuckybuck

      You are nitpicking… It is largely assumed he lost his job or will have to at least earn it back.

      Here’s my nitpicking: Braxton was recruited for and has played in a pro style offense under Tressel

  • WWMaha

    If he has any NFL aspirations…Oregon isn’t the answer and would be a terrible match. Go to a program and show he can make NFL type reads to better his chances. He has stated his goal is the NFL so why dilute his chances by going to what the NFL views as a system offense that churns out consistently good College QB’s but poor NFL ready QB’s…..and for the record, big fan of Mariota and hope and wish him all the success in the world in the NFL.

  • John Wright

    All three players will stay at OSU. Urban Meyer can sell Miller to NFL as H- Back
    Cardale will start- Vertical threat best fit for offense and Zeke. One more season will get him into 1st round.
    Braxton Miller will be featured as H-Back (Percy Harvin, Julian Edelman, Denard Robinson)
    J.T. Barrett will be the man in 2016

  • Tuckybuck

    Braxton is enrolled in classes at OSU he will be back.