Ohio State's Braxton Miller says he's staying, eyes Big Ten title in 2014

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Braxton Miller wants to help Ohio State win a title in 2014.  (USATSI)
Braxton Miller wants to help Ohio State win a title in 2014. (USATSI)

Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller officially announced his return for 2014 on Thursday night, setting his sights on Big Ten title that slipped away this season.

CBS Sports' Jeremy Fowler first reported that Miller would return for a senior season, but the Buckeyes' starting quarterback made the news official in a statement released by the university.

"I want to help this team win a Big Ten championship next year," Miller said. "Plus, I want to improve as a quarterback in all aspects of my game. I'm looking forward to working for another year with (coach Urban) Meyer and (quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Tom) Herman. And I want to graduate, so this will help get me closer to my academic goal."

With Miller back, Ohio State will be in position to contend for that Big Ten championship. The Buckeyes will first have to win the newly aligned Big Ten East, which includes Michigan State, the only team to defeat Urban Meyer and Braxton Miller, along Michigan and Penn State.

"He has been an extremely valuable member of our team," Meyer said of Miller in the statement. "His desire to lead our team to a championship, to earn his degree from The Ohio State University next spring and to continue to improve as a quarterback are his motivation."

Miller missed almost three games due to a knee injury and still finished with 36 touchdowns (24 passing, 12 rushing) and Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors for the second straight season.

The battle for the Big Ten East will be one of the early storylines of the 2014 regular season. Ohio State and Michigan State are both expected to field Top 10 teams again, but only one team will be able to make a second-straight appearance in the Big Ten Championship game.

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