Braxton Miller is going back to school.
Not that the Ohio State quarterback ever left, but any speculation that he might depart for the NFL was wiped away Thursday, when he announced he'd be returning to Columbus for his senior season.
Miller is the two-time reigning Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and he's posted back-to-back top-10 finishes in voting for the Heisman Trophy. This season, he passed for 2,094 yards and 24 touchdowns while rushing for 1,068 yards and 12 more touchdowns. He finished third in the Big Ten in total offense, contributing 263.5 total yards per game.
Miller led a potent Buckeyes offense to a 12-2 record this season, going undefeated in Ohio State's regularly scheduled games. The Buckeyes lost to Michigan State in the Big Ten title game, costing them a spot in the national title game, before losing to Clemson in the Orange Bowl. While Miller has flourished in two years under Urban Meyer — the Buckeyes won the first 24 games of the Meyer Era — he has yet to capture a conference title.
“I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year,” Miller said in a statement. “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 (offensive coordinator Tom) Herman.
“And I want to graduate, so this will help get me closer to my academic goal.”