Braxton Miller among two former Buckeyes honored at Senior Bowl
If the buzz wasn't enough, here's another indication Braxton Miller had a big week at the Senior Bowl: The former Ohio State standout was named the top performer in practice by a panel of NFL scouts and Senior Bowl personnel.
Miller was a two-time Big Ten MVP as a quarterback for the Buckeyes, but moved to receiver last summer after having his throwing shoulder surgically repaired twice.
He told reporters in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl he has no more thoughts of returning to the quarterback position and feels lighter on his feet after having slimmed down from his time as the signal caller for the Buckeyes.
"It feels a lot better at 204 [pounds], especially on my legs," he said. "I can tell I have a lot more energy and I’m a lot more explosive and I feel like a receiver now. When I was at 215 pounds, I was kind of struggling with the conditioning."
Asked what it will be like to wear an Ohio State helmet for the last time Saturday during the game, the Ohio native said, "It’s going to feel great. It’s going to be great to represent the Buckeyes on Saturday one more time. There are a couple of us out there to wear it one last time. That school is amazing and I went through a lot of situations and overcame them all."
Also among those honored was former Ohio State defensive end Noah Spence, who was chosen as the top defensive lineman of the week.
Spence was an All-Big Ten player at Ohio State in 2013, but was suspended for violating the Big Ten's drug policy.
He finished his career at Eastern Kentucky.
"He’s a great pass rusher," Miller said. "He’s fast off the line and a gifted defensive end. I think he can play linebacker, but we had our times when I’d get him and he’d get me. Going against the best turns you into a different type of player."