Braxton Miller is returning to Ohio State for his senior season. This time, those words are coming from the mouth of the Buckeyes’ quarterback, not his father, or Urban Meyer, or an anonymous source.
In an interview with the Columbus Dispatch, the two-time Big Ten Silver Football winner spoke publicly for the first time since Ohio State’s 2014 season ended. Miller missed OSU’s national title run after tearing his labrum in his right shoulder last August.
Miller says, “I’m from Ohio, this is my home state…this is where I’m going to finish (my college career).”
— Tim May (@TIM_MAYsports) July 9, 2015
From the report:
In the meantime, Miller earned his degree from Ohio State in December, which meant he was free to transfer to another school and play immediately in his fifth year if he so desired. As his father Kevin Miller, Meyer, OSU athletic director Gene Smith and others refuted any notion that Braxton Miller was headed elsewhere, the quarterback kept quiet about it until now. He said he didn’t want to talk about it until he was fully healthy again.
“I look on the internet, and I see things forever on my timeline – Instagram, Twitter – that had me transferring to all types of different schools and stuff like that,” Miller said. “It was kind of a big controversy at the time but, you know, I had to keep my head on straight.
“Schools reached out, they reached out hard, and I kept my head where it needed to be, and I stayed smart with my situation.” Because, as he pointed out, “It was kind of tough for me and my family to go through that situation, the second (shoulder) surgery and stuff like that.”
There has been talk about Miller switching positions, but he says he intends on competing for the starting quarterback spot with J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones.
“Absolutely. … God put me on this earth … to be an athlete, and the first thing in mind is being a quarterback, and just be smart about what I do,” Miller said.
Ohio State opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech.