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Former Buckeyes QB Braxton Miller Announces his selection into the OSU Athletics Hall of Fame

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Earlier this week, former Ohio State QB/WR Braxton Miller announced that he would be the newest member of the 2024 Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame class. While the remaining members have yet to be announced, Miller announced via his social media accounts with a video of his career highlights and a caption stating “Blessed to be selected for the Ohio State Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2024. Buckeye Nation, I’ll love y’all forever.” 

Let’s take a deep dive over the action-packed career of Braxton Miller.

Miller, an Ohio native, found himself committing to Ohio State on June 3, 2010. As a true freshman, Miller would start the season as the backup but would eventually be named the starter in week 4 against Colorado. He finished his freshman season ranked among the conference’s top 10 in total offense with 11 passing and seven rushing touchdowns to go with 1,692 total yards. In his sophomore year, the Buckeyes brought in former Florida Gators HC Urban Meyer to fill the void of Jim Tressel’s retirement.

Miller and Meyer lead the 2012 Buckeyes to a 12-0 record but unfortunately their season stopped there due to a bowl ban. Miller passed for 2,039 yards and 15 passing touchdowns with 1,271 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns. This was good enough to allow Miller to win his first Big 10 offensive player of the year award. His junior season was filled with successes once again after the Buckeyes finished with a 12-0 record yet again. Miller continued to shine, throwing for 2,094 passing yards, 24 passing touchdowns, 1,068 rushing yards, and 12 rushing touchdowns.

Ultimately, the Buckeyes would go on to lose the Big 10 Championship to Michigan State and then the Orange Bowl to Clemson. In the Orange Bowl, Miller suffered an injury to his throwing shoulder that would require surgery in the off-season. Shortly after returning to practice, Miller ended up taking a red shirt a year after injuring his opposite shoulder in practice. This opened the door for QBs JT Barrett and Cardale Jones to lead the Ohio State Buckeyes to a National Championship Title.

Going into the 2015 season, the Buckeyes had a tough decision to make at QB with a three-way battle heading into the regular season. Miller would end up switching positions to H-back and joining a stacked WR room containing Michael Thomas, Jalin Marshall, and Curtis Samuel. In his lone season at WR, he snagged 26 receptions for 341 yards, three receiving touchdowns, 260 rushing yards, and one rushing touchdown.

Miller left Ohio State as one of the most prolific athletes the school has ever had racking up 5,295 yards passing, 52 passing TDs, 3,314 yards rushing, and 33 rushing TDs. Braxton Miller would then go onto the NFL Draft, where he was selected in the third round by the Houston Texans. After 2 seasons, the Texans decided to release Miller. He bounced around to multiple teams practice squads before eventually retiring in 2019. Miller finished his NFL Career with 34 receptions, 261 yards, and 2 TDs. Braxton Miller recedes in Ohio still, in September of 2023 Miller unveiled the Springfield Sports Academy, a school focused on developing students academically and athletically.

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