Rob's Buckeye Football Notebook
By Rob Ogden
Quarterback Braxton Miller has not made a decision on whether or not he'll return for his senior year at Ohio State and isn't currently leaning one way or the other, the junior said Wednesday.
Photo by Jim Davidson
"I'm not too focused on that right now," Miller said about the possibility of making himself eligible for the 2014 NFL draft. "I'm just focused on the team right now and what we need to accomplish. I'll worry about it after the game."
Miller did submit NFL paperwork to see where he would likely be selected should he decide to come out, but said he has not yet heard back from the committee.
Regardless of what grade he's given, Miller said he thinks he ready for the NFL.
"Of course," he said. "It's just like when I came from high school. The coaches are gonna get you prepared and get you ready for everything you're gonna face. It's just another step in life."
Despite the draw of the NFL, Miller said he knows he would have a lot to gain by staying for his senior year. He specifically mentioned the desire to graduate.
"The chance to learn from coach (Urban) Meyer," Miller said. "He's one of the best in the game. Learn from him and get better at my craft."
Meyer said he'll wait until after the Jan. 3 Orange Bowl to discuss the issue with Miller and others.
Miller said the fact that he has a family won't be a major factor in his decision.
"It's fine where we're at," he said. "That doesn't play a big part in it."
Shazier No Further in Decision Process
Junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said last week that he was leaning towards staying for his senior season in Columbus.
Wednesday he said nothing had changed.
"I'm still in the same position that I was last week," Shazier said. "I'm gonna wait until after the game, talk to my mom and dad, the coaching staff and see how everything plays out."
Shazier, the Big Ten's leading tackler is projected by most as a first or early second-round pick should he decide to enter the draft.
"It's not really bothering me that much," he said about the upcoming decision. "The main goal right now is to beat Clemson."
Junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett, who ranks fourth in the conference with 7 sacks, said he did not submit paperwork to the NFL.
Meyer Mum on Texas
Asked about the recently vacated Texas job, Meyer shook his head and offered up little.
"I'm here," he said. "I'm coaching Ohio State."
Meyer stopped short of denying any interest in the job, but almost blew off the question as if to say "Why even ask that?"
Meyer said he's "really good friends" with Mack Brown, who led the Longhorns for 16 years before stepping down Sunday.
Meyer is most likely not going anywhere anytime soon, but a few of his assistants probably are.
He said Wednesday that he's received many inquires from schools looking for a head coach.
"Whenever you have two seasons like we've had, they're hot guys," Meyer said. "I've gotten a lot of phone calls about our guys, about head coaching opportunities."
Running backs coach Stan Drayton was a candidate for the Florida Atlantic job, but was not hired.
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