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Braxton Miller says he's coming back to Ohio State for 2015

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There's a long time between now and the NFL's 2015 draft deadline in January, but for now, Braxton Miller says his goal is to come back and lead Ohio State next year.

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Ohio State finally confirmed the past 24 hours' big news on Tuesday evening that Braxton Miller would miss the 2014 football season, but in the press release came potentially even bigger news for the future of OSU football.

"I love Ohio State and Buckeye Nation, and my goal is to come back from this injury stronger and better than ever," Miller said in the release. "I am on course to graduate in December and I want to attend graduate school, and then return to lead the Buckeyes next season. In the meantime, I want to give all the support I can to my coaches and teammates as they chase a championship this season."

Miller would join a potentially loaded 2015 team that would be one year into a rehabilitated defense under the leadership of new co-defensive coordinator Chris Ash and would've had a chance to develop and grow for a year on both sides of the ball. Assuming Miller comes back as planned, Ohio State would instantly become a top contender for the 2016 College Football Playoff.