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Braxton Miller to Return for Senior Season
From the Ohio State University:
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. Im 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.
Millers return was expected but not confirmed until Thursday. He will be the lone upperclassmen at his position next year, as Ohio States 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.
At 6'2'' and 220 pounds, the Huber Heights, Ohio native already has seven Big Ten Conference individual awards -- the most in league history. He has also won the last two Chicago Tribune Most Valuable Player awards and consecutive Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year awards, respectively.
He has 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.
Miller, a communications major, is expected to be a contender for each of those awards next season. Some of those reveals include:
- Miller needs 2,256 passing yards to top Art Schlichters school-record total of 7,547;
- He needs six more touchdown passes to top Bobby Hoyings record total of 57;
- Archie Griffins 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 505 yards away from Ohio States total offense mark of 8,850 yards held by Schlichter;
- With 84 touchdowns responsible for, Miller is 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 Schlichters 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 Robinsons 4,495 yards appear safe, but Antwaan Randle Els second-place total of 3,895 yards is in reach.