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Braxton Miller to return to Ohio State in 2015

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Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will miss the 2014 season after reinjuring his shoulder, but the Heisman candidate said he intends to return to Columbus next season to finish out his last year of eligibility as a fifth-year senior.

“I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a statement. “I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season.”

Miller had an MRI on Tuesday to determine his status after The Columbus Dispatch reported that Miller had reinjured his right throwing shoulder at practice on Monday. He was attempting a short pass and was not hit on the play. Ohio State confirmed that Miller’s injury would require surgery to repair a torn labrum. The third-year quarterback threw for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for 12 more scores in leading the Buckeyes to the Discover Orange Bowl last season.

Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is Miller’s top backup and likely be the starter when the Buckeyes open the season on Aug. 30 against Navy at Baltimore. Barrett completed 17 of 33 passes for 151 yards with no interceptions and no touchdowns in Ohio State’s annual spring intrasquad scrimmage. (For more on Barrett, we highly recommend heading to Eleven Warriors.) Coach Urban Meyer recently stated that redshirt sophomore Cardale Jones is the third-team quarterback.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

  • Cardale Jones is going to transfer.

  • mgbode

    An extremely important note is that Braxton is graduating in December and will pursue graduate school because if Barrett (or another QB) ends up taking the job strongly enough, then Braxton will be able to transfer to a school of his choosing and play in the fall of 2015 without sitting out a year like Russell Wilson did going from NC State to Wisconsin.

  • Garry_Owen

    Exactly. If Barrett is as good as advertised, and if he has a great – or even good – season, it’s going to be hard to replace him next year, even if his replacement is Braxton Miller. I don’t doubt Braxton’s love for OSU and “Buckeye Nation” (whatever that is), but I also won’t be surprised if we find out next fall that [insert School B and their nation] suddenly has a better graduate program in his chosen field.

    Another extremely important note is that torn labrum is a very bad thing for a QB, and those things are tough to entirely heal. Braxton needs another season, at whatever school, to demonstrate to the NFL that he can still play football. I feel bad for him.

  • Natedawg86

    I tore my labrum July 2013, and it still is not as strong as it used to be. Will be a long comeback, where he will not be able to throw again until 6 months after surgery. We will see, as some of you are saying, how Barrett does this year. Hard for him to come back to tOSU after a year off as a redshirt senior.

  • Natedawg86

    As long as his other school isn’t in the B1G, I will be rooting for him every week (unless we play them). Hopefully no Russel Wilson 2.0 a la Wisconsin

  • Garry_Owen

    Agree. I would think that he looks at the ACC or similar conference.

  • mgbode

    Tim Couch’s labrum agrees with you. He fortunately got paid first (and was reportedly smart with his finances).

  • Garry_Owen

    Tim Couch’s Labrum. Another great name for my band – if Johnny and the Swan bombs.

  • mgbode

    would love to see him under Dabo Swinney (also because that means that the Buckeyes had a great 2014)

  • saggy

    excellent point.

  • Natedawg86

    And then

  • A MAC school is going to have a fun QB to watch.

  • George G

    I can’t see Braxton going to any other school(for football) , other than Ohio State.

  • mgbode

    In an ideal world, he wouldn’t. I like positive ideals.

  • George G

    “Buckeye Nation” – is the large fan base of Ohio State University alumni and fans

  • Garry_Owen

    Understood. It’s a stupid term, and while both of those things, I don’t consider myself part of this “nation.”

  • George G

    IF for whatever reason in the world he would actually go to another school …. PLEASE NOT OREGON. Mariota will be gone and I would hate to see Braxton in that offense.

  • George G

    I wouldn’t be shocked if he did. If we land Torrance Gibson we will be OVERLOADED at QB in 2015

  • Garry_Owen

    Agree, but it would certainly be better than if he went to a Big Ten team. But I don’t think it would ever happen. Oregon invests far too much in their QB recruiting. They won’t be in need of Braxton Miller – and I’m not sure that he’d take that risk, anyway. Too much downside. If it’s not OSU, he’d go to an underachiever to try to raise the bar (and his NFL profile).

  • George G

    I can understand that. Personally I am a die-hard Buckeye fan, so I am guilty of being apart of “Buckeye Nation”
    sorry if that came across as standoff(ish)

  • Garry_Owen

    Not at all. That’s a term more appropriately used to describe me. If anyone is standoffish, it’s the guy with two thumbs sitting in my chair.