Officially Official: Miller Will Return for Senior Season

By DJ Byrnes on January 9, 2014 at 6:49p
Braxton Miller

Here's a little juice to soften the gut punch of losing Mike Vrabel to the Texans. The national title hopes of the 2014 Ohio State football team received a major jolt tonight: Ohio State confirmed that quarterback Braxton Miller will return for his senior season.  

Miller produced over 3,000 yards of offense this past season, so the dynamo's return is a key piece moving into the 2014 season. He needs 2,256 passing yards to top Art Schlichter’s school-record of 7,547 and six touchdown passes to top Bobby Hoying’s record (57). Miller reportedly received a mid-to-late round draft grade from the advisory board. 

Statement from Braxton Miller: 

“I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year. 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.”

Statement from Urban Meyer: 

“We look forward to having Braxton Miller return to this team for his senior season. 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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thekornidentity's picture

Just as we expected, but still BOOOOOOOMM!

“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes

Mush's picture

Go get 'em Brax !!!

Thomas's picture

Still doesn't take the sting out of the last grey box, but still good news!

Phoenix824's picture

Upvote for you sir.   We typed it at the same time and you beat me to it.

Thomas's picture

Ha thank you sir. I would imagine alot of other buckeye fans are thinking the same thing.

Phoenix824's picture

no doubt and the comments are trending that way

Phoenix824's picture

Note to 11W staff.    While this is great new it does NOT reduce the gut punch of the "other" gray box.

SilverState's picture

What an up and down night...

osu07asu10's picture

Pardon my tempered excitement...I'm still reeling from the Vrabel news...

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great news, but didn't we already hear this?  Thought a few days ago he pretty much said that he was coming back. 
Go Bucks!!

timhbomb's picture

what's next?  I'm on the edge of my seat!

BuckeyeChief's picture


"2014 National with it!!!"

actionstanleyjackson's picture

Some good news tonight...freakin needed it

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

741's picture

Do you feel it.... Down in your plums?

Buckeye80's picture

Noooo!  Damn it!  Damn everything straight to hell!  Wait. What?  This isn't the Vrabel thread?
Great news!  Glad to have Braxton back!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

Heisman finalist

Yeti's have feelings too.

osu07asu10's picture

January Heisman Trophy Award goes to....
Braxton Miller!!!

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BHT's picture

Great news. Even though we have known this for a while (unofficially), it is still good to hear. Hopefully, we will go unbeaten next year with Braxton bringing us the national championship as a senior.

chowoon97's picture

National Championship and Heisman trophy winner.
His goal and Buckeyes' dream.

BHT's picture

Even though we knew this for a while (unofficially), it is still good news. Hopefully we go unbeaten next year with #5 bringing us a national championship and another Heisman winner.

TheShookster's picture

Braxton, we all want to express how excited we are for one more season with you. Now, go see George Whitfield NOW.

He ain't even stretch doe!!

actionstanleyjackson's picture

One thing is for sure...OSU is going to beat the Spartoons this season. 

Stay golden, Ponyboy.

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Whoa Nellie's picture

Unfinished business.  National Championship.  Heisman. 
Get you some, Brax!

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ajg OSU 5's picture

This is like landing a 6 star recruit...maybe even 7

Muck Fichigan

papakrom's picture

Hoping to get 100 helmet stickers soon just so I can upvote this.

BoFuquel's picture

The Chase For 8 X 2 continues. GO BUCKS!

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.

cuttyrock's picture

I known Vrabel leaving is fresh on everybody mind including mines. Miller coming back is huge for a nc push and getting two new defensive guys is good. Would've preferred Vrabel stay but I think he will be back someday in a bigger capacity. If Miller can make strides in the passing game I can see us with a better defense and a playoff berth. I'm excited because Wilson, EZE, and Marshall will have a bigger role. Upgrade at offensive weapons with the exception of Hyde and o line has me excited.

Seattle Linga's picture

It's pouring rain here in Seattle - but I have a huge smile on my face!!!!
Thanks Braxton 3.0

Chief B1G Dump's picture

Braxton back...check.
Now we just need a big splash hire on the D side and 2014 gonna be rowdy.

chitown buckeye's picture

Yep, even coaches are replaceable. As long as the Vrabel departure doesn't cost us recruits we will be fine. It stings but he can be replaced. Braxton back gives us a great chance at something special! Urban you're up, score a few quality defensive coaches and lets rock in '14!

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nm_buck's picture

Gotta fix the defense.  No B1G Championship, no Trophy for Brax until that happens. We got to plug the holes.  Replacing Vrabes is going to be tough.  Trusting Urban has a plan...

"The future is bright at Ohio State."  - Urban Meyer 1/1/15

Bamabucknut's picture

How do we keep all the great quarterbacks we've recruited ?

Baroclinicity's picture

Definitely good news here!

When you're holding a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

Doc's picture

Good choice Braxton.  I'm glad your back. Here's to you making the same kind of leap that Troy made between his junior and senior years. Go get 'em. 

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FROMTHE18's picture

time for him to be a Captain, finished his legendary career with more legendary accomplishments, stay healthy, beat michigan again, and help us mold the young guys into the next dominant football team in college football.

chicago12's picture

Great news.  I am pumped up. We definitely need to get a good DC. Hope we get another good news soon.

OhioKris's picture

he really didn't have a choice, his draft stock was terrible. 

Doc's picture

Thanks for being the wet blanket. We all know Braxton has his short comings. Tonight is not the time to dwell on them. Here's an up vote to cheer you up a bit. 

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ChazBuckeye's picture

Sweet....I don't feel like constantly vomiting now;-) Go Bucks!

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Go1Bucks's picture

Rather have Vrabel.

Go Bucks!

allbucksallthetime's picture

Great news indeed.  Braxton's statement is one of a young man with very clear priorities in place. Braxton does need another year of development and it's a great sign of maturity, IMO, that he recognizes it.   Go Bucks!

Knarcisi's picture

Here's something to think about.  We all want him to throw more and run less but he will likely have over 700 yards next year. That would out him 2nd all time, ahead of Eddie George. And that's net yards, which includes the negative yards for sacks. 

swainpm's picture

Best player on the team..couldn't be happier to get him back. Now if we can keep Herman and Warriner and get Brax some more reps with Whitfield the offense should be fantastic. Put me down onthe list of fans with Heisman hopes.

Crumb's picture

Bad @$$ Braxton is back! Just watched some highlights today, Brax definitely improved from '12 to '13 lets hope he does even more in '14!!!!!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

CowCat's picture

This kid is an unspoken hero:   Humble, quiet, tough as nails, willing to carry his team, even if he's reeling physically.   He doesn't talk about love for Ohio State - He shows it.
He also understands the value of the degree he's been offered.
I've been watching games at the Shoe since 1975 and Braxton is easily one of my favorite players ever.
So glad to have him back!

"We get paid to score touchdowns, not kick field goals"
-- Urban Meyer

Jeremy91's picture

Wish I could say I'm excited about this, but the Vrabel news still stings... Meyer better clean house on the defensive coaches. The only one that was worth keeping is gone.

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dtanmango's picture

Awwwwwhhh yeahhhh -- let's go bucks!! I would much rather have Brax than Mr. "I didn't come to OSU to do school"


osubuckeye4life's picture

Definitely makes up for losing Vrabel.