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McShay to Miller: Go Back to School
By Rob Ogden

After a recent practice, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller said he believes he is ready for the NFL. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay thinks otherwise.

Rather, McShay said Thursday that the junior would be best served returning to Ohio State for his senior season.

"I'm hoping Braxton Miller goes back to school. Both of those guys need to go back to school," McShay said, speaking of Miller and UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley. They're not ready for the NFL. They both have great natural and physical tools but they're just not developed.

"The process would eat them up."

Braxton Miller
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Braxton Miller

Miller is in the midst of the best statistical passing season of his career, having thrown for 1,860 yards and 22 touchdowns along with 5 interceptions in 10 complete games, though he's faltered recently. He has completed only 46 percent of his passes during the Buckeyes' past four games.

When asked about Miller's recent struggles, coach Urban Meyer said the team around Miller needs to play better.

"It's not Braxton," he said.

Despite an injury that caused him to miss nearly all of three games, Miller was able to finish seventh in Heisman Trophy voting, and even garner a few first-place votes.

He said the desire to win the coveted trophy won't factor into his decision of whether to stay or go.

Miller said he wasn't leaning one way or the other, and added he wouldn't focus on the decision until after the Buckeyes' Jan. 3 Orange Bowl date with Clemson.

ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. said last month that he too would advise Miller to return to school.

"Another year would really help him to improve as a passer," Kiper said. "He needs to make strides in that area, show a little more anticipation and be a little more precise in terms of ball placement. Then he may become an early round pick."

ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. currently ranks Miller as the No. 124 overall draft-eligible player and the No. 13 prospect at his position.

Kiper said there is a chance that quarterback Kenny Guiton could be a late-round selection and make a team as a backup.

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