Braxton Miller Reportedly Interested in Transferring to Duke

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IDecember 29, 2014

Ohio State's Braxton Miller (5) runs during the second half of a Big Ten Conference championship NCAA college football game against Michigan State Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Duke's season ended Saturday night with a 36-31 loss against Arizona State in the Sun Bowl, but potential interest from a 2015 Heisman candidate should help quell that disappointment.

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is showing interest in the Blue Devils' rising program, according to sources cited by 247Sports' Adam Rowe:

Adam Rowe @AdamRoweTDD

Florida QB Jeff Driskel & Ohio State QB Braxton Miller have expressed interest in transferring to #Duke http://t.co/rD1cymKFgv

Miller hasn't made official his intent to transfer away from the Buckeyes, but most believe it is inevitable.

After Miller was lost for the season with a shoulder injury in August, J.T. Barrett filled in more than admirably—proving to be a legitimate Heisman contender himself. 

There simply isn't room for two of the best quarterbacks in the country, and many believe Miller will transfer, as he would be eligible to play right away. 

Sporting News' Matt Hayes put it simply:

As much as Miller loves playing for Ohio State, he has no other option but to leave for his final season if he wants to play in the NFL. He’s not helping his draft stock by sitting behind Barrett (because that’s where he’ll be), and he’s not getting critical repetitions against college football’s elite teams unless he transfers as a graduate student and plays somewhere else in 2015.

If Miller leaves, he would be one of the college football's biggest "free agents" ever. As such, it would be a massive get for David Cutcliffe and his staff.

Duke's football program has steadily been rising, but replacing Anthony Boone with Miller—a dangerous dual-threat quarterback who has run for 3,054 yards and 32 touchdowns in his career—would vault the Blue Devils into the nation's elite.

Should he choose to transfer, though, Miller will have his choice of some of the top teams in the nation, so it's probably best for Duke fans to pump the brakes a bit.

Nevertheless, this is an intriguing possibility and potential game-changer for an up-and-coming program.


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