Previously, Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith said star quarterback Braxton Miller was staying with the Buckeyes, and now Miller’s coach, Urban Meyer, is saying the same thing.
On Friday, Meyer told reporters that there is no truth to the rumors about Miller transferring. Ever since Cardale Jones won Ohio State the College Football Playoff championship, people have been speculating about Miller’s future plans all offseason.
From Brian Bennett of ESPN.com:
“He’s playing for Ohio State this fall,” Meyer told reporters at a news conference.
Miller, who was the Big Ten offensive player of the year in 2012 and 2013, missed the 2014 season with a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Because he graduated this spring from Ohio State and with the presence of Cardale Jones and J.T. Barrett at quarterback, rumors have circulated that he would use the graduate transfer option for his final season of eligibility.
But Meyer said Friday that those rumors were “just people talking.” Miller has been hard at work on his rehab and has progressed to throwing up to 35 yards this summer.
“He’s in the best shape he’s ever been in his life,” Meyer said. “He’s working his tail off.”
Well, this finally may put to bed those rumors of Miller transferring. That said, he does not have the job as quarterback locked up, as he will be in a open competition to earn the position.
Miller is coming off a 2013 season in which he recorded 2.094 passing yards and 24 touchdowns (to just seven interceptions) in 12 games played.