Miller: "All the emotion just hit me."

Ohio State star Braxton Miller had a spin move for the ages Monday evening, but what the Buckeyes will likely remember more was the emotion he showed being back on the field.

After about a year and a half of not playing in a game, Ohio State’s two-time captain and two-time Big Ten Player of the Year was back.

He was named the offensive player of the week for not only his team but for week one in the Big Ten Conference.

Even his now-famous spin move en route to a 53-yard touchdown run not only went viral almost instantly via social media but also got the “Sports Science” treatment from ESPN.

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On Wednesday, Buckeye senior Braxton Miller and his teammates were still talking about his breakout performance.

 “I watched it on Vine, on Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat,” senior offensive lineman Chase Farris said. “On the Ohio State Snapchat everyone is walking around spinning on everybody. Just walking to class and spin move.”

Farris, who earned his first career start on the offensive line Monday against Virginia Tech, added that having someone like Miller back in the offensive huddle is exciting for the entire team.

“Any time he touches the ball you never know what’s going to happen,” Farris said. “He’s an amazing athlete to watch and play with. You just never know with that guy.”

Miller, who has been known to electrify a stadium with the ball in his hands, said he occasionally works on moves like that in practice.

"Sometimes I do practice them. Especially on Madden,” Miller joked. “I do, I actually do. When I am in the open field and someone is trying to come at an angle, I do actually do some of the stuff you see on the field."

Miller’s two touchdowns accounted for in Monday night’s 42-24 win over Virginia Tech put him in sole possession of first place in school history for total touchdowns with 86. The previous record of 85 was held by former Buckeye quarterback Art Schlicter, who played from 1978-1981.

Head coach Urban Meyer said after the game that Miller, who had not played in a game since the 2014 Orange Bowl loss to Clemson, was very emotional.

"It's real," senior Joshua Perry said. "It's all real. That's the thing you like. You really appreciate and respect the realness of the moment. All he wants to do is go out there and make plays so the team can be successful. If he would have made the same plays and we wouldn't have been successful tonight, it wouldn't have been the same for him.

"He just told us about the journey coming back and how much work went into that and all the things that were going through his head, then he talked about just thanking God for putting him in the position to get back on the field and be able to do what he does."

Miller said that once he got inside the locker room after the game, the flood of emotions came out in front of his teammates.

"It was devastating what happened last year to my shoulder. All the emotion just hit me,” Miller said. “Just being back out there with the guys, and making plays and hot fiving with everyone on the sidelines and stuff like that. It felt like I didn't miss a beat. I felt blessed and felt like I just want to do it again."

The quarterback-turne-wideout will get his next chance on Saturday in Ohio State’s home opener against Hawaii. Miller has not played a game in Ohio Stadium since a 42-14 win over Indiana on Nov. 23, 2013.

According to Meyer, he and his coaching staff are still looking for more unique ways to get Miller the football.

“Our job as coaches is if you get a freak athlete or a guy that's excellent in space, get it there,” Meyer said. “So that's something that we've been doing for years, and it's great to be able to do that with a guy like Braxton.”

For Miller, he is turning the page on his historic return and focusing on the Rainbow Warriors.

"Yeah I just want to get better," he said. "Can't wait till Saturday, against Hawaii and showcase some more talent."

Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

 


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