Speculation about the future of Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller has been going every direction possible it seems. Whatever the future has in store, whether it be at Ohio State for a fifth year or LSU or Oregon or Florida State or who knows where else, Miller is focused on just being a good teammate who is there for the Buckeyes as they look to win a national championship.
“Braxton has been dealt such a poor hand and he’s playing it very well,” Ohio State wide receiver Evan Spencer said in a feature story published by Cleveland.com. “To see the guys he came in with, guys he grew to love as players and as friends, that he grew up with in the dorms, he’s going to see them get up and leave and that’s a hard thing to overcome.”
“To see the guys he came in with, guys he grew to love as players and as friends, that he grew up with in the dorms, he’s going to see them get up and leave and that’s a hard thing to overcome,” Spencer added.
Miller was set to be a Heisman Trophy favorite heading into the 2014 season, but a shoulder surgery close to the start of the season took Miller off the field for good this season. His absence opened the door for young J.T. Barrett, who himself garnered some Heisman hype as the season played out and the Buckeyes remained in the playoff discussion. Barrett, of course, was injured in Ohio State’s final regular season game, which opened one more door for Cardale Jones to lead the offense for Ohio State’s three postseason games between the Big Ten Championship Game against Wisconsin, Sugar Bowl semifinal against Alabama and Monday night’s College Football Playoff National Championship Game against Oregon. Miller has been there to support each of the quarterbacks to ensure Ohio State’s success can continue without him. Whatever impact he has had as a teammate is unknown for sure, however there is nobody questioning how dedicated he has been during what must have been a tough season for Miller.
Miller will be there to lend his support again Monday night. After that, who knows where he will end up.