There have been conflicting reports all week about whether or not Braxton Miller would return to the Ohio State Buckeyes in 2014 for his senior season.
Miller’s decision was confirmed on Thursday night, and he will be back for his senior season. This decision is a huge boost for an Ohio State offense that would’ve had to rely on third-string quarterback Cardale Jones or redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett if Miller would’ve decided to leave with backup quarterback Kenny Guiton graduating. Jones and Barrett are not bad quarterbacks by any means, but the Buckeyes are looking to win a championship and need the experience of Miller to get them there. What likely motivated Miller to return to Ohio State in 2014?
Urban Meyer says that Miller has a desire to lead his team to a championship. The 2013 season looked promising for Miller and the Buckeyes to make an appearance in the national title game until they lost to the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten championship game. Instead of heading to the BCS National Championship, the Buckeyes headed to the Orange Bowl to play the Clemson Tigers, a game they also lost. They have much to prove in 2014, and Miller wants to help them do that.
Miller obviously has a desire to improve as a quarterback as well. The Buckeyes think that if he improves as much this offseason as he did during last offseason, he could be a first-round NFL Draft pick in 2015. He was not projected to be picked very high in this year’s draft, and Miller needs improve himself as more of a passing threat with the ability to run the ball when he needs to. He is a great, dynamic rusher already, and improving his passing game this offseason would make him that much more of a threat. Returning for his senior season will give him another opportunity to take a run at the Heisman Trophy. He could also make himself the first three-time Big Ten MVP and a three-time winner of the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year award.
Most importantly, Miller has the desire to earn his degree from Ohio State instead of jumping right to the NFL just to make money. His degree will always be something he can fall back on.
Miller could break plenty of records in his senior season, which will be his best yet. The 2014 season can’t come soon enough for Ohio State fans that are looking forward to seeing how much Miller has improved and if that improvement is good enough to lead the Buckeyes to the championship that they are so hungry for.