It appears that Ohio State will have a quarterback competition next year. According to his father, two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year Braxton Miller intends on returning to the school in 2015, but he could leave if “something drastic changes.” Miller missed all of 2014 due to a right shoulder injury.
“Unless something drastic changes, that’s his plan, that’s why he went to Ohio State,” Kevin Miller said. “He loves Ohio State. So right now that’s what the plan is, to come back and do whatever he can do to help the team make it to the playoffs again next year and win the title.”
Miller’s father’s sentiments were shared by Buckeyes offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman, who said he’s aware that people think Miller could transfer somewhere, but that the two have talked and Miller doesn’t plan on leaving the school.
Miller has thrown for 5,292 yards and 52 touchdowns during his three years in Columbus. He’s also gotten the job done on the ground, as he’s ran for 3,054 yards and 32 scores. By comparison, J.T. Barrett — who has started in Miller’s place this year and was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year — threw for 2,834 yards and 34 TDs this season. Like Miller, he has also ran the ball well, with 938 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns.
Of course, things can change between now and the start of next year, but right now it looks like Urban Meyer will have to choose between at least two fantastic signal callers in 2015.