Yesterday, Tribune reporter Teddy Greenstein published a story about two-time Tribune Silver Football winner Braxton Miller. There were quotes from Miller which made it seem like he was still deciding whether or not to return to Ohio State for his senior season: http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/college/silverfootball/ct-spt-1213-....
"It's tough; I just don't know," Miller said of the stay-or-go decision. "I really have to sit down and go through the pros and cons. I'll talk to my parents, take it slow. Hopefully ball out on January 3rd and see what the scouts are looking at."
Miller is wary of exposing himself to the kind of injury he suffered in September, a sprained left knee. He attempted 153 rushes this season (down from 227 last year), averaging 16.5 in the Buckeyes' final four games. He said he's "getting tired" of the pounding and is well aware Ohio State will lose four senior starters on its offensive line.
Yes, the only returning starter along tOSU's front-five is soon-to-be junior right tackle Taylor Decker. Sensational running back Carlos Hyde is also a senior. Backup QB Kenny Guiton is also a senior, as well as H-Back Philly Brown. The Buckeyes top-4 receivers are all underclassmen. However, if Miller leaves, the offense will be in rebuild mode.
The only two senior starters on the defense are the pair of safeties C.J. Barnett and Corey Brown. Although, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier was a USA Today First Team All-American and could declare early too.
It's not even 2014 yet, but I feel much better about this matchup knowing what Ohio State will, and may have to potentially, replace.