Braxton Miller to 'return to lead the Buckeyes next season'

Braxton Miller to 'return to lead the Buckeyes next season'
August 19, 2014, 9:15 pm
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Vinnie Duber

There are plenty of questions to be answered in the wake of Braxton Miller's season-ending injury, which Ohio State confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

One question that has answer: Miller's days as a Buckeye are not done.

"I love Ohio State and Buckeye nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever," Miller said in the school's release. "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."

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Miller's declaration that he'll return to the collegiate field in 2015 is a big deal for the Buckeyes. While his absence this year will have plenty of effects on Ohio State, the Big Ten and college football as a whole, his pending return will have just as many effects come 2015, hopefully those being positive ones for the aforementioned parties.

There was concern in the discussion following news of Miller's injury that the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year might not risk further damage to his NFL draft stock with more playing time in college. If he were to leave 2013 as the last display of his talents, even a year off might make him a valuable commodity come the 2015 NFL Draft.

But Miller put those worries to rest Tuesday.

And, as always, Ohio State figures to be back in championship-contending mode come 2015. Miller's inclusion on that roster will only make them stronger.