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Urban Meyer on Braxton Miller and the Ohio State quarterbacks: 'It's a unique situation'
By James Vogel

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Braxton Miller stood up, smiled, took down his hood and waved his arms in the air.

The Ohio Stadium crowd erupted as the two-time Big Ten Player of the Year took the podium at his team’s National Championship celebration Saturday, yearning to hear something, anything that could be a hint as to what Miller plans to do with his final year of collegiate eligibility.

“Man, it’s a privilege and an honor to be a part of the National Championship team in 2014,” Miller said after a chuckle, instigated by the chants of “One more year!” from the Ohio State faithful who braved the cold. “But guess what? We got another year to do it.”

That was it. That’s all we heard from Miller — a somewhat definitive but noncommittal statement on whether or not he plans to return to Ohio State for a fifth season after sitting out all of 2014 with a shoulder injury.

His remarks were brief, yet encouraging for Ohio State fans as well as the two guys who replaced him, J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones, who anxiously waved towels and cheered on the stage behind him.

It’s pretty obvious everyone wants him back. But was that what he was saying?

“I guess that’s what he said, I don’t know,” Urban Meyer told reporters on the field at the end of the celebration. “We’ve been talking all along, so he’s … I mean it’s a unique situation. We’ll cover that later.”

When asked when “later” was, Meyer simply said “not now,” trying to get off the field and continue savoring his third National Championship and first with the Buckeyes.

Unfortunately for Meyer, that day is quickly coming, but Miller is enrolled in school for spring semester so he’ll at least be a Buckeye through the end of the school year. Having already graduated though, he is free to transfer elsewhere and eligible to play right away if he so chooses.

 

Meyer’s response was completely different than ones he’s had in the past regarding the quarterback situation at Ohio State, but how can it not be? It’s an unprecedented situation and one that is going to take some time to iron out.

“This was one of our dreams this season, definitely to win this National Championship,” Barrett said at the podium with Miller standing alongside him and holding the trophy. “Wouldn’t have been able to do it without my unit, Braxton, Cardale and Stephen Collier and Coach (Tom) Herman. This is what we talked about from the beginning.”

Jones said Jan. 15 he plans to return and Barrett — who is rehabbing his broken ankle — has said he expects what Meyer dubbed “The Magnificent Three” to return for 2015, but Miller’s words spell out that it’s likely no one knows at this point what he plans on doing.

Only time will tell.

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