Miller Will Return for Senior Season
By Rob Ogden
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller will return to school for his senior season rather than enter the NFL draft, a team spokesman confirmed to The Ozone Thursday.
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Miller, the Big Ten's offensive player of the year, completed 162-of-255 passing attempts for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns in 12 games this season.
He also added 1,068 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground.
“I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in a statement. “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 will enter next season ranked eighth all-time in Ohio State history with 5,292 career passing yards. He ranks second all-time in total offense with 8,346 career yards from scrimmage and should easily pass Art Schlichter's mark of 8,850 by the time his career is over.
Miller is in line to become Ohio State's first four-year starter at quarterback since Schlichter.
Miller said after last week's Orange Bowl that he was undecided about his future after saying last month that he thought he was ready to play in the NFL.
He told reporters during bowl preparation that there would be a lot to gain from sticking around for his senior year.
"Learning from Coach Meyer. He's one of the best in the game. So just learn from him. Get better at my craft. And graduate," Miller said.
Meyer is glad to have him back.
“We look forward to having Braxton Miller return to this team for his senior season,” 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.”
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