Braxton Miller, the undisputed leader of the Ohio State Buckeye football team, said that he would make his NFL decision after the Orange Bowl. It appears now that his decision has been made and the Ohio State coaching staff has been informed.
The two time B1G Player of the Year will return to Columbus for his senior season and will not enter the NFL draft at this time. Miller will undoubtedly be in the mix for the preseason Heisman watch list as well as several other major national awards, but one has to think that the disappointment of the final two games for Ohio State had a larger bearing on his decision to return.
The Buckeyes were within a couple of plays of playing for the National Title and have a rather milquetoast road towards another shot at the title.
Miller ended the season with career numbers of 5,292 yards passing, 52 touchdowns against 17 interceptions, and a QB rating over 138 for each of his three seasons so far. Should the report be accurate, the biggest question of the offseason has already been taken care of and Ohio State will enter the 2014 season as a top 5 team with playoff aspirations.
The team is riding a 24 game regular season winning streak and could extend that even farther. Having Miller come back helps not only himself, but the team as a whole. It also gives future QBs Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett some additional time to learn and grow under a player that will likely be Ohio State’s most decorated quarterback in history.