A plethora of playmakers another year older.
An offensive line with a season of cohesion under its belt.
A defensive unit in its second year of a cutting-edge scheme.
Another talented recruiting class on campus.
All that was missing when projecting Ohio State’s 2015 roster a year ahead of time was a seasoned quarterback capable of directing it all.
Well, Urban Meyer got that on Tuesday—and then some—when two-time Big Ten MVP Braxton Miller announced his intent to return to the Buckeyes as a fifth-year senior next season, after a reported torn labrum will keep him sidelined for OSU’s 2014 campaign, per Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel.
Talk about a helluva recruit.
“My goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever,” Miller said in a statement. “I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season.”
It’s not quite LeBron James’ return letter to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but its impact could be similar in Ohio, at least on the field where it’s now championship-or-bust for both teams. Should he follow through on his promise, Miller would make the 2015 Buckeyes an instant national championship contender, as he’d be joining arguably the most talented team that he’s played with in his college career.
Just what makes next season’s Ohio State squad so intriguing? Look no further than a blend of skill and experience on both sides of the ball that hasn’t…