Jan. 9, 2014
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Braxton Miller is back. The senior-to-be quarterback, who has led Ohio State to consecutive 12-win seasons and amassed 8,346 yards of total offense and 84 touchdowns, is returning to Ohio State for the 2014 season, the 125th season of Ohio State football.
"I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year," said Miller, a two-time Big Ten Conference MVP. "Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I'm looking forward to working for another year with Coach Meyer and Coach Herman.
"And I want to graduate, so this will help get me closer to my academic goal."
Miller's return, while expected but not confirmed until today, is crucial to the success of the team. He will be the lone upperclassmen at his position next year, as Ohio State's scholarship quarterback ranks include only two other returning quarterbacks: Cardale Jones, who will be a third-year sophomore next season, and red-shirt freshman J.T. Barrett. Jones took snaps in only three games this past season while Barrett ran the scout team.
"We look forward to having Braxton Miller return to this team for his senior season," Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. "He has been an extremely valuable member of our team and he is also a fine student. His desire to lead our team to a championship, to earn his degree from The Ohio State University next spring and to continue to improve as a quarterback are his motivation."
Miller's highly-decorated career could become legendary with a standout senior season. The 6-2, 220-pounder from Huber Heights, Ohio, already has the most Big Ten Conference individual awards - seven - in league history and he has won the last two Chicago Tribune Most Valuable Player awards as well as consecutive Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year awards, respectively. He has also twice been a Top 10 finisher in the Heisman Trophy balloting, with a fifth-place finish in 2012 and a ninth-place finish last year.
By virtue of his talent and achievements, Miller, a communications major, should be a contender for each of those awards - and more - next season as he also looks to lay claim to a host of major Ohio State records. A quick check of some of those reveals:
- Miller needs 2,256 passing yards to top Art Schlichter's school-record total of 7,547;
- He needs six more touchdown passes to top Bobby Hoying's record total of 57;
- Archie Griffin's 5,589 rushing yards are safe but Miller, currently eighth in school history with 3,054 rushing yards, needs just 715 yards to speed by Pepe Pearson, Carlos Hyde, Keith Byars, Chris Wells, Tim Spencer and Eddie George, respectively, and move into second place in that venerable category;
- He is just 505 yards away from Ohio State's total offense mark of 8,850 yards held by Schlichter;
- With 84 touchdowns responsible for, Miller is just two from owning that school record, currently held by Schlichter with 85; and
- His 26 victories in games he has started rank fourth at Ohio State, but Schlichter's 36-career win total as a starter is attainable.
Additionally, Miller is 842 yards from having the second-most rushing yards by a quarterback in Big Ten history; Denard Robinson's 4,495 yards appear safe, but Antwaan Randle El's second-place total of 3,895 yards is in reach.
Miller, his teammates and the rest of the Ohio State student body started Spring semester classes today. Winter conditioning commences Jan. 21.
MILLER'S CAREER PASSING STATS
MILLER'S CAREER RUSHING STATS
MILLER'S CAREER TOTAL OFFENSE STATS
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