What’s Best for Braxton Miller


Everyone seems to know what’s best for Braxton Miller.

This morning via @GerdOzone, I came across this suggestion for the Ohio State quarterback, offered to Sporting News by Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook manager Ed Salmons:

“Braxton Miller should either transfer or red shirt. It’s kind of like the situation with Kentucky basketball this year, where John Calipari indicated after the season that he’d probably do things differently if he had to do it all over again in regards to playing time.”

Braxton Miller’s been told to transfer, consider going pro and now redshirt. CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd asked if the erstwhile Heisman Trophy candidate’s loyalty to Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes was “misguided.” Social media and regurgitating blogs were abuzz with Miller favoriting a tweet about Oregon winning the national championship.

This very site published a smattering of projections on his 2015 locale.Spoiler: Few, including my own, admittedly, had Miller returning to Columbus. The words of Stuart Smalley are once again proven true: When you assume, you make an ass of Uma Thurman.

Still, you can understand why there’s so much butting-in in regard to Braxton Miller.

The verb-tense of Wally Pip is fast becoming Braxton Miller, what with Ohio State’s clear-cut No. 1 quarterback a year ago that this time becoming an afterthought to former back-up J.T. Barrett and College Football Playoff breakout star Cardale Jones.

Miller just last week received clearance for full participation. He’s back at 100 percent activity for the first time in 10 months, a veritable football lifetime. There’s no telling how much further along Barrett or Jones — especially Jones, considering he’s the only Buckeye quarterback who went into the offseason healthy — might be.

The irony over all this hand-wringing is how often sports media laments athletes’ lack of loyalty. Consider right in Ohio State’s neck of the woods, LeBron James is still battling the negative image his 2010 departure from the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat generated.

And yet, Braxton Miller is being pushed and pulled in numerous directions. Never mind that all three Buckeye quarterbacks seem to support one another, at least in their words and actions presented to the public.

Earlier this month, Jones — who spurned instant NFL riches to return to Ohio State — called himself the Buckeyes’ No. 3 quarterback. In other words, the Playoff hero is embracing a return to the status quo before Miller’s injury last summer, before the Buckeyes’ hope of a national title was “a pipe dream.”

The commonly held sentiment Ohio State was done without Miller seems as archaic as the Flat Earth Theory in retrospect, but it speaks to how much of impact he had on the team before his injury. Why can’t he have the same impact in 2015?

Everyone seems to know what’s best for Braxton Miller, including some who wrote Ohio State off without him. But just maybe, the only person who knows what’s best for Braxton Miller is Braxton Miller.