Ohio State has officially announced Braxton Miller is out for the 2014 football season. The senior quarterback injured his surgically repaired right shoulder at a Monday afternoon practice and will undergo surgery. The injury was caused when Miller attempted a pass; he was not hit on the play.
“My thoughts and prayers are with Braxton and his family,” Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer said. “This is an unfortunate injury to a young man who means so much to this program and to Buckeye nation.”
Ohio State, which will start the season ranked in the top five, will now turn to redshirt freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett, a four-star recruit from the 2013 class.
Miller, meanwhile, will rehab his shoulder, graduate from Ohio State this December with a bachelor's degree in communications, and then, if all things go according to plan, return to Columbus for one more season in 2015.
“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 the release. “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 was expected by many to be a front runner for the Heisman. He entered this season as a three-year starter with 5,292 career passing yards and 3,054 rushing yards. He is the reigning back-to-back Big Ten Player of the Year.
Ohio State opens its 2014 season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore.