Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer reiterated on Friday that Braxton Miller would still be on the team this fall, confirming previous reports that said Miller would not transfer despite the Buckeyes' logjam at quarterback.
Meyer, meeting with reporters in Columbus for the first time since OSU's spring game in April, also said Miller has been throwing footballs as far as 35 yards as he continues his rehabilitation from shoulder surgery. Miller missed all of the 2015 season after tearing his labrum during practice in August.
Meyer also told reporters that Miller is “in the best shape he’s ever been in.”
After Miller, who has started 34 games for Ohio State, went down with the injury, backup J.T. Barrett led the Buckeyes to a 10–1 record before sustaining an ankle fracture in the regular-season finale against Michigan. Third-string quarterback Cardale Jones replaced Barrett and led Ohio State to wins over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game, Alabama in the College Football Playoff semifinals and Oregon in the national championship game.
All three quarterbacks are returning to Ohio State this fall, although speculation has persisted that Miller might seek a transfer. If he were to leave for another team, Miller would be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.
“I don’t know where any of that came from,” Meyer said, referring to the transfer rumors. “He will be playing for Ohio State this fall.”
Meyer also said on Friday that the Buckeyes have not discussed Miller playing a different position.
“No. The objective is to get him healthy,” Meyer said.
Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in SI.com's post-spring power rankings and will begin the 2015 season at Virginia Tech on Sept. 7. The Hokies were the only team to defeat the Buckeyes last season in a 35–21 win at Ohio State.
- Mike Fiammetta