Ohio State football: The Braxton Miller Show
People were quick to praise Braxton Miller when he decided to switch positions this offseason. A former quarterback, Miller is a two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year. But with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones on the roster, it became clear that the fifth-year senior's role was going to have to change in order to make an impact for the Buckeyes. So Miller decided to make the transition to wide receiver. It was a selfless act, sure. But could the former QB really hack it as a wide out with only a few weeks of practice?
The short answer: uh, yes. He absolutely can. Miller played a huge role in Ohio State's 42-24 win over Virginia Tech, gaining 140 yards and scoring two touchdowns on just eight touches. His first score came through the air:
But the Buckeye vet was only getting started. He then pulled off a dazzling spin move, which lead to another touchdown, out of his bag of tricks. Also in his bag of tricks, apparently, is a TD celebration honoring close friend LeBron James, which he shows in the end zone:
James was downright giddy to see Miller back succeeding with Ohio State:
I see you lil bro @BraxtonMiller5!!! Hit em with "The Silencer"— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 8, 2015
Newly minted starting quarterback Jones couldn't help but try to mimic his teammate's gracefulness:
Maybe that's best left to the receivers, Cardale.
A little over a year ago, Miller had shoulder surgery that forced him to miss all of 2014. Now, he's playing on a defending national champion, in an entirely different position.
And he's just as much of a star now as he ever was before.