Braxton Miller Reportedly Will Return to Ohio State for 2015 Season

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 19, 2014

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Braxton Miller is reportedly planning to continue his collegiate career at Ohio State next season rather than transfer to another school or enter the NFL draft.

Sources tell NFL reporter Albert Breer (via Chase Goodbread of NFL.com) that Miller is currently expecting to remain with the Buckeyes. There have been increasing questions about his future in recent weeks following the emergence of J.T. Barrett:

As freshman J.T. Barrett continues to lead Ohio State just as capably as Miller, and with a College Football Playoff berth within reach for the Buckeyes, speculation is swelling that Miller is considering a post-graduate transfer. Two sources close to Miller, however, say the quarterback's plan for now is to remain at Ohio State and lead the Buckeyes in 2015, according to NFL Media's Albert Breer.

Miller was ruled out for the entire campaign back in August due to a shoulder injury. Following the injury, Miller spoke on his future, courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com on Aug. 19:

I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever. 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.

Barrett, a freshman, got off to a bit for a sluggish start, but has excelled in recent weeks. It creates a murky situation if the senior does return for another year.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - NOVEMBER 15: J.T. Barrett #16 of the Ohio State Buckeyes carries the football against the Minnesota Golden Gophers during the second quarter of the game on November 15, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah
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Ultimately, it remains to be seen if Miller has made his final decision and if his feeling has changed since August. He's planning to return as of right now, but it's probably not the last report on this subject. The outlook may change, especially if Barrett continues to improve in the remaining portion of this season.

If Miller does stay with the Buckeyes, it will create an interesting dynamic heading toward next season.


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