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.
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